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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the ideal place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the contract, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be tricky. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Indianapolis?

Here’s a list of the essentials that you’ll want to move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your current home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture store. Online stores such as Amazon are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also give you a short list of helpful items that can make your first year a little better.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These needed items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and store your clothes. If you are renting a larger apartment, these things also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two comfy pillows

  • Sheets

  • Comforter or Blanket

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Closet hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The living room is the place where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll spend time with guests (although most get-togethers end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfortable chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Bookcases for books, photos, or accessories

  • Throw pillows and napping blankets

  • Area rug

Indianapolis apartment kitchen area

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a first-time renter because many of your appliances -- like the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. You only really need somewhere to sit in the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four. Even if you live in a studio apartment, it’s nice to have enough space to eat with guests.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Food storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other cooking items

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with food already in the fridge

Indianapolis apartment bathroom

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the bath tub, sinks, toilets, and mirrors are built in. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some necessities aren’t just for one room. Get these necessities for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Compact tool set of a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and adjustable wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Front doormat

  • Towels and bag for the apartment swimming pool and workout center

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At City's End - Fountain Square Apartments

Of course, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and visit City's End - Fountain Square Apartments and discover the perfect community for your first place. Contact us at 463-231-3192 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us soon!