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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found the ideal place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the lease, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be tricky. What should you think about 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 find some of these basic items from your current home, but for other bigger items you might need to go to IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture store. Online stores like Amazon or Target are always helpful. We’ll also show you a short list of extra things that can make living on your own easier.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need a space to put your bed and store your clothes. If you are leasing a bigger apartment, these items also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two good pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Closet hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

The family room is 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 cozy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Bookcases for books, momentos, or knick-knacks

  • Throw 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 bigger items -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already in your apartment. You only really need somewhere to sit in the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four. Even if you live in a studio apartment, it’s good to have room for a meal with guests.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 

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

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always nice to move in with food already in the fridge

Carmel apartment bathroom

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the shower, toilet, sinks, and mirrors are already there. If you have a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath, which makes it fairly simple to stock.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some household basics aren’t just for a single room. Use these necessities for an easy transition.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Compact tool set of a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and adjustable wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Entry doormat

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

Find Your First Carmel Apartment At One One Six Apartments

Of course, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and tour One One Six Apartments and learn about the ideal community for your first place. Call us at (317) 350-1941 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us today!