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Your First Apartment Checklist For Indianapolis

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the best place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what to bring with you 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 childhood home, but for other pieces you might need to visit IKEA or Indianapolis’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Amazon or Target are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also show 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 necessary items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need a place to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you are renting a bigger apartment, these items also are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two standard pillows

  • Sheets

  • Blanket or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Closet hangers

Next step up:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Indianapolis apartment living room

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

Whether you call it the the family room or the living room, it’s the room where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the place where you’ll entertain (although all parties end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few comfy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Shelves for books, momentos, or knick-knacks

  • Throw pillows and napping 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 large essentials -- such as the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- come with your apartment. You only really need somewhere to sit in the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four. Even if you live alone, it’s nice to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for 

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

  • Mugs

  • Kitchen scissors, spatula, can opener

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic frying pan or skillet

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Cooking spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • 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 is rather straightforward, as the shower, toilet, sinks, and mirrors are built in. If you have a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, hand soap, and a small towel. There are only a few essentials needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Indianapolis apartment cleaning supplies

Indianapolis First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some household basics aren’t limited to a single room. Use these necessities for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Personal accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Find Your First Indianapolis Apartment At The Edge Apartments

Of course, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of The Edge Apartments and learn about the perfect community for your first place. Call us at 463-345-4399 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!