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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the best place with the right layout for your first apartment. Now, you signed the lease, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what you’ll need for your own place can be hard. What should you think about for your first apartment checklist for Indianapolis?

Here’s a list of the essentials that you should have when you move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your childhood home, but for other bigger items you might need to visit IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture warehouse. Online stores like Ebay are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also give you a brief list of helpful items that can make your first year more comfortable.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary household items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need a place to put your bed and store your clothes. If you have a bigger apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two good pillows

  • Sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Closet hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Large mirror

  • Bedside table and lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you refer to it as the living room or the family room, it’s the space where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although most parties end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfortable chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Additional shelving for books, photos, or knick-knacks

  • 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 a lot of of your appliances -- such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- 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 in a studio apartment, it’s good to eat at the table with friends or family.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 

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

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good frying pan or skillet

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other kitchen items

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with a fully-stocked kitchen

Indianapolis apartment bathroom

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and mirrors will be there already. If you have a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, hand soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed for your main or master bath, which makes it fairly easy to fill.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Over the door hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities can’t be confined to one room. Consider these household items for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash cans for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk to work at

  • Personal decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and tour StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes and check out the ideal community for your first place. Contact us at 317-743-2959 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!