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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

You found the ideal place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you signed the lease, boxed up your stuff, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can get confusing. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you’ll want to move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your current home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture store. Online stores like Amazon or Target are always helpful. We’ll also show you a quick list of extra things that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs 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

Additional items:

  • 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

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


  • Couch or several comfy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

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 refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- 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 (for 4)

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

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • 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 items

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good 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 will be there already. 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

  • Small tool set which includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and adjustable wrench

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Outside 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 securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of 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!

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