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Your First Apartment Checklist For Fishers

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found the best place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move into your new place. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be hard. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Fishers?

Here’s a short list of the essentials that you should have when you move in. You might be able to take some of these checklist items from your current home, but for other bigger items you might need to shop at IKEA or Fishers’s local furniture warehouse. Online stores like Amazon or Target are always helpful. We’ll also provide you with a quick list of helpful things that can make living on your own a little better.

Fishers apartment bedroom 

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have a place to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you are renting a larger apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two good pillows

  • Sheets

  • Blanket or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Closet hangers

Next step up:

  • Headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Bedside table and reading 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 the family room or the living room, it’s the room where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll spend time with guests (although most get-togethers wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or several comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Additional shelving for books, momentos, or decorations

  • Accent pillows and cozy blankets

  • Area rug

Fishers apartment kitchen area

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a new renter because most of your large essentials -- 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 in a studio apartment, you’ll want to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (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 soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Cooking spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Food storage containers

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

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

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

Fishers apartment bathroom

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom isn’t that hard to stock, as the shower, toilet, sinks, and mirrors are already there. If you have a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, hand soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal toiletries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Fishers apartment cleaning supplies

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities can’t be confined to a single room. Get these necessities for an easy transition.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Compact tool set that includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and wrench

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • Personal decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Outside doormat

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

Move Into Your First Fishers Apartment At The Flats at Switch

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and visit The Flats at Switch and learn about the ideal community for your first apartment. Call us at 317-597-5275 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!