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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found the perfect place with the optimal floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you signed the contract, boxed up your stuff, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what to bring with you can be tricky. What items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Indianapolis?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you need to move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your old home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Amazon or Target are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also give you a quick list of extra items that can make living on your own easier.

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 clothes. If you will lease a bigger apartment, these things also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two standard pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Comforter or Blanket

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Nightstand and reading lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • 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 space where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although all parties end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Additional shelving for books, momentos, or decorations

  • Accent pillows and smaller blankets

  • Area rug

Indianapolis apartment kitchen area

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a new renter because many of your appliances -- such as the stove, 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 people. Even if you live in a studio apartment, it’s good to eat at the table with friends or family.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for 

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

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Food storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other cooking gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls 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 bath tub, toilet, sinks, and mirrors are built in. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, soap, and a small towel. There are only a few essentials needed in your main or master bath, which makes it pretty easy to fill.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual toiletries

  • Shampoo

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities aren’t limited to a single room. Consider 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 that includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and wrench

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At The Waverley Apartments

Of course, the first thing on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of The Waverley Apartments and see the perfect community for your first apartment. Call us at 317-800-7017 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us today!