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Your First Apartment Checklist For Fishers

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the ideal place with the perfect layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the contract, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what you’ll need for your own place can get confusing. What items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Fishers?

Here’s a list of the essentials that you should have when you move in. You might be able to find some of these checklist items from your current home, but for other things you might need to visit IKEA or Fishers’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Amazon or Target usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a quick list of helpful items that can make independent living easier.

Fishers apartment bedroom 

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary household items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have a place to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you have a bigger apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two standard pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Comforter or Blanket

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Closet hangers

Next step up:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Fishers apartment living room

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you refer to it as the living room or the family room, it’s the place where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although all get-togethers wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfortable chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Bookcases for books, photos, or decorations

  • Accent pillows and smaller blankets

  • Area rug

Fishers apartment kitchen area

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easy for a first-time renter because a lot of of your large essentials -- such as the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- come with your apartment. You only really need a place to eat in the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four. Even if you live by yourself, it’s nice to eat at the table with guests.


  • Dining table and chairs (for 

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

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A sharp 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

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other kitchen items

  • A knife set with stand

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with a fully-stocked fridge

Fishers apartment bathroom

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are already there. If you have a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, hand soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Fishers apartment cleaning supplies

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some household basics aren’t just for one room. Buy these necessities for a comfortable transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash cans for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Front doormat

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

Move Into Your First Fishers Apartment At State at Fishers

Of course, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and take a tour of State at Fishers and learn about the perfect community for your first place. Contact us at 463-240-1709 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!