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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

You found the perfect place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the lease, packed your bags, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be hard. What items should make the list 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 basic items from your current home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also provide you with a quick list of extra items that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and store your clothes. If you will lease a bigger apartment, these items also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • Two good pillows

  • Sheets

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Clothes hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and reading lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

The living room is the space where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although many events end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • End tables

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

  • Accent pillows and napping blankets

  • Area rug

Indianapolis apartment kitchen area

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is straightforward for a new renter because most of your bigger items -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already in your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four. Even if you live alone, it’s nice to eat at the table with friends or family.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for 4)

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Kitchen scissors, spatula, can opener

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other well-used gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Mixing bowls 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 are built in. If you have a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, hand soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Over the door hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some necessities can’t be confined to one room. Use these household items for an easy move.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Base tool set that includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and small wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for your computer

  • Personal accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Front doormat

  • Towels and bag for the apartment swimming pool and fitness center

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At Penrose on Mass Apartments

Remember, the first thing on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of Penrose on Mass Apartments and learn about the ideal community for your first apartment. Call us at 317-661-4399 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!

Penrose on Mass Apartments
530 Massachusetts Ave.
IndianapolisIndiana 46204
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Penrose on Mass Apartments
Penrose on Mass Apartments is a luxury apartment community located at Massachusetts Ave. and New Jersey Ave. in Indianapolis. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to making a place our Residents can call home. We offer several different floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Mass Avenue.
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