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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

You discovered the best place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the contract, boxed up your stuff, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be hard. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Indianapolis?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to take some of these basic items from your childhood home, but for other bigger items you might need to go to IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture store. Online stores like Amazon usually carry these items as well. We’ll also give you a short list of helpful items that can make independent living a little better.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

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


  • Mattress

  • Two good pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and reading lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you call it the the family room or the living room, it’s the room where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although many events end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Bookcases for books, photos, or decorations

  • Accent 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 new renter because most of your appliances -- such as the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. You only really need somewhere to sit in the dining area, but we recommend being able to seat at least four. Even if you live in a studio apartment, it’s nice to have enough space to eat with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for 4)

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

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Cooking spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always helpful 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, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities aren’t limited to one room. Buy these household items for an easy move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At Riverview Apartments

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of Riverview Apartments and learn about the perfect community for your first place. Call us at (317) 751-4053 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!

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460 N. White River Parkway West Drive
IndianapolisIndiana 46222
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Riverview Apartments is an apartment community located at 460 North White River Parkway in downtown Indianapolis. Riverview Apartments is owned by Riverview Partners, LLC which is a joint venture between Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana and Strategic Capital Partners, LLC. The community is managed by the J.C. Hart Company. This partnership is dedicated to providing one-a-kind workforce housing in downtown Indianapolis.
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