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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the perfect place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the agreement, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move into your new place. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can get confusing. What should you think about for your first apartment checklist for Indianapolis?

Here’s a list of the basics that you need to move in. You might be able to find some of these essential items from your current home, but for other bigger items you might need to go to IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Amazon usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show 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 perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need a space to put your bed and clothes. If you have a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two standard pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Next step up:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

The living room is the place where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the place where you’ll entertain (although most events wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Shelves for books, momentos, or knick-knacks

  • Throw pillows and cozy 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 in your apartment. You only really need a place to eat in the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four. Even if you live by yourself, you’ll want to eat at the table with guests.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for at least 4 

  • Dishware included plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • 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

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other well-used gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with food already in the fridge

Indianapolis apartment bathroom

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and mirrors are built in. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, you only need toilet paper, hand soap, and a small 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

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some household basics aren’t limited to one room. Get these needed move-in items for a smooth move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Compact tool set of a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and small wrench

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At Linden Square Village Apartments

Remember, the first thing on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of Linden Square Village Apartments and check out the ideal community for your first place. Contact us at 317-333-6914 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!