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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

You found the best place with the right layout for your first apartment. Now, you signed the contract, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what to bring with you can be hard. What should you think about for 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 find some of these checklist items from your old home, but for other bigger items you might need to shop at IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture warehouse. Online stores like Ebay are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also show you a brief list of helpful items that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential household items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you have a bigger apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • Minimum of two comfy pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Comforter or Blanket

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Closet hangers

Also nice:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Full length or dresser 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 spend time with guests (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 accessories

  • Throw pillows and napping blankets

  • Area rug

Indianapolis apartment kitchen area

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easy for a new renter because most of your appliances -- such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live alone, it’s good to have room for a meal with friends or family.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 4)

  • Dishware included 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 gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

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

Indianapolis apartment bathroom

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom isn’t that hard to stock, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and mirrors will be there already. If you have a guest bathroom, you only need 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 small 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

Move Into 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 317-743-3314 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!

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