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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

You toured the best place with the right layout for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the contract, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can get confusing. What should you think about for your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a list of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to find some of these basic items from your old home, but for other things you might need to visit IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Ebay are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also provide you with a short list of helpful items that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential household items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and clothes. If you are leasing a larger apartment, these things also are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • Minimum of two good pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and reading lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The family room is the room where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although many parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Bookcases for books, momentos, or decorations

  • Accent pillows and smaller blankets

  • Area rug

Carmel apartment kitchen area

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is straightforward for a first-time renter because most 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 make sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s nice to eat at the table with guests.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 4)

  • Plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always helpful to move in with a fully-stocked 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, it only requires toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed for your main or master bath, which makes it pretty easy to stock.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some household basics aren’t limited to a single room. Use these needed move-in items for a smooth move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Personal knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Entry doormat

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

Move Into Your First Carmel Apartment At North Haven Apartments

Don’t forget, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and visit North Haven Apartments and learn about the ideal community for your first apartment. Call us at 317-350-1875 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!

North Haven Apartments
4690 Haven Point Blvd.
CarmelIndiana 46280
Phone: 317-350-1875
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  • Saturday  10:00 - 5:00
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North Haven Apartments
North Haven Apartments is a luxury apartment community located at E 96th St. and Gray Rd. in Carmel. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer various floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near The Monon Center.
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