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Your First Apartment Checklist For Broad Ripple

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the perfect place with the right floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what to bring with you can be hard. What items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Broad Ripple?

Here’s a list of the essentials that you need to move in. You might be able to take some of these basic items from your old home, but for other pieces you might need to shop at IKEA or Broad Ripple’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also provide you with a short list of helpful items that can make independent living easier.

Broad Ripple apartment bedroom 

Broad Ripple First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need somewhere to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you are leasing a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these items also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two comfy pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Blanket or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Bedside table and lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Broad Ripple apartment living room

Broad Ripple First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The living room is the place where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although most get-togethers wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Additional shelving for books, momentos, or decorations

  • Throw pillows and napping blankets

  • Area rug

Broad Ripple apartment kitchen area

Broad Ripple First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is straightforward for a new renter because most of your bigger items -- like the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s nice to have enough space to eat with guests.


  • Dining table and chairs (for at least 4 

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

  • Mugs

  • Kitchen scissors, spatula, can opener

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Potato peeler, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

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

Broad Ripple apartment bathroom

Broad Ripple First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom isn’t that hard to stock, as the bath tub, toilet, sinks, and mirrors are already there. If you have a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed for your main or master bath, which makes it fairly simple to fill.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Broad Ripple apartment cleaning supplies

Broad Ripple First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some household basics aren’t limited to a single room. Get these household items for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Outside doormat

  • Duffle bag and towels for the apartment swimming pool and fitness center

Move Into Your First Broad Ripple Apartment At Park 66 Flats

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and take a tour of Park 66 Flats and see the perfect community for your first place. Contact us at 317-820-2209 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us soon!