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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found the perfect place with the perfect layout for your first apartment. Now, you signed the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move into your new place. 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 checklist of the essentials that you should have when you move in. You might be able to bring some of these essential items from your old home, but other things might take a trip to IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a quick list of extra items that can make your first year easier.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you are renting a larger apartment, these items also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two standard pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Comforter or Blanket

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Closet hangers

Next step up:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

The family room is the room where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the place where you’ll spend time with guests (although many parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or several comfortable chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Bookcases for books, DVDs, or decorations

  • Throw pillows and napping blankets

  • Area rug

Indianapolis apartment kitchen area

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is straightforward for a new renter because most of your appliances -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, you’ll want to have enough space to eat with friends or family.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for at least 4 

  • Plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Potato peeler, cheese grater, and other well-used gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always nice to move in with a fully-stocked fridge

Indianapolis apartment bathroom

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the shower, toilet, sinks, and medicine cabinets are already there. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, hand soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some household basics can’t be confined to a single room. Use these needed move-in items for a comfortable move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Base tool set that includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and small wrench

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • Personal decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Entry doormat

  • Duffle bag and towels for the apartment pool and workout center

Tour What Could Be Your First Indianapolis Apartment At Block 20

Of course, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and take a tour of Block 20 and learn about the ideal community for your first place. Contact us at 463-777-2762 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and visit us today!