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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the best place with the right 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 you think about for 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 checklist 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 essential 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 comfy pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Also nice:

  • 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 place where you’ll spend time with guests (although most events end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Bookcases for books, photos, or decorations

  • Accent pillows and cozy 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 -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but we recommend being able to seat at least four. Even if you live in a studio apartment, you’ll want to have enough space to eat with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 

  • Plates, glasses, and silverware (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 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 items

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

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

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, all you really need is toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed for your main or master bath, which makes it fairly easy to fill.


  • 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 needed move-in items for an easy move.


  • 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 accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Move Into Your First Indianapolis Apartment At Riverview Apartments

Don’t forget, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and tour 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!