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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found the perfect place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the contract, 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 for other things you might need to visit IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture store. Online stores like Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also provide you with a short list of extra items that can make your first year more comfortable.

Indianapolis apartment bedroom 

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you will lease a bigger apartment, these items also are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two good pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • 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

Whether you call it the living room or the family room, it’s the room where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although most events end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few cozy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Shelves 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 a lot of of your large essentials -- like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- 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 in a studio apartment, it’s nice to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 

  • 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

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other kitchen items

  • A knife set with stand

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good 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 aren’t limited 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 adjustable wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for your computer

  • Personal knick-knacks

  • 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!