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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the perfect place with the right layout for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the agreement, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be tricky. What items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you need to move in. You might be able to take some of these checklist items from your old home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture warehouse. Online stores like Ebay are always helpful. We’ll also give you a short list of extra items that can make independent living more comfortable.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential household items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have a place to put your bed and clothes. If you will lease a larger apartment, these items also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two standard pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Clothes hangers

Next step up:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you refer to it as the the family room or the living room, it’s the space where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll spend time with guests (although many parties end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfortable 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, photos, or knick-knacks

  • Accent pillows and smaller blankets

  • Area rug

Carmel apartment kitchen area

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easy for a new renter because many of your appliances -- like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- come with 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 in a studio apartment, you’ll want to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 

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

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other cooking gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with a fully-stocked kitchen

Carmel apartment bathroom

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the bath tub, toilet, sinks, and mirrors will be there already. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some household basics can’t be confined to a single room. Buy these household items for a comfortable transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash cans for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Personal knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Outside doormat

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

Move Into Your First Carmel Apartment At Lakeside Apartments

Don’t forget, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and tour Lakeside Apartments and see the ideal community for your first place. Call us at 317-344-8491 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!