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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the best place with the right floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you signed the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move into your new place. However, knowing what to bring with you can be hard. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a list of the basics that you need to move in. You might be able to take some of these essential items from your current home, but for other bigger items you might need to visit IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a quick list of helpful items that can make your first year easier.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These needed household items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a space to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you are leasing a larger apartment, these things also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two standard pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Next step up:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Family 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 spend time with guests (although all get-togethers end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Additional shelving for books, photos, or accessories

  • Throw pillows and napping blankets

  • Large area rug

Carmel apartment kitchen area

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is straightforward for a new renter because most of your appliances -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four. Even if you live by yourself, it’s good to have enough space to eat with family or friends.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 

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

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic skillet or frying pan

  • A cookie sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other well-used items

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

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

Carmel apartment bathroom

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom isn’t that hard to stock, as the bath tub, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are built in. If you have a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal toiletries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some necessities can’t be confined to one room. Consider these household items for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash cans 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:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Personal accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Entry doormat

  • Towels and bag for the apartment pool and workout center

Tour What Could Be Your First Carmel Apartment At Midtown Flats

Don’t forget, the first thing on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and visit Midtown Flats and learn about the perfect community for your first place. Call us at 317-597-4596 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!