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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the best place with the right layout for your first apartment. Now, you signed the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be tricky. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist 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 always helpful. We’ll also provide you with a short list of helpful items that can make your first year easier.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential household items work perfectly 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 work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two good pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Clothes hangers

Also nice:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • TV

  • 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 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 most parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several cozy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Bookcases for books, DVDs, or decorations

  • 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 first-time renter because most of your bigger items -- like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- are already in your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s nice to have room for a meal with guests.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 

  • Dishware included plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • 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

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other cooking items

  • 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 are already there. 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 but not as many as in other rooms.


  • 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 can’t be confined 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

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

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Personal accessories

  • 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 securing an apartment lease! 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!