Join the J.C. Hart Team! Click here to see our current job openings.
A J.C. Hart Apartment Community in Carmel, IN

Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the best place with the right floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the agreement, 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 get confusing. What should you think about for your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a short list of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to take some of these basic items from your childhood home, but for other things you might need to go to IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture store. Online stores such as Ebay are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also provide you with a brief list of helpful items that can make independent living easier.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These needed items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and clothes. If you have a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these items also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two comfy pillows

  • Sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Next step up:

  • Headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Bedside table and lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you call it the the family room or the living room, it’s the space where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although most parties end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few cozy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Shelves for books, photos, or decorations

  • Throw pillows and cozy blankets

  • Area rug

Carmel apartment kitchen area

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a first-time renter because most of your bigger items -- such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- are already in your apartment. 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 good to have enough space to eat with family or friends.


  • Dining table and chairs (for at least 4 

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

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A cookie sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Cooking spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Potato peeler, cheese grater, and other well-used items

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always nice 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 bath tub, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are already there. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some necessities aren’t limited to a single room. Use these needed move-in items for a comfortable transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk to work at

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Entry doormat

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

Tour What Could Be Your First Carmel Apartment At The Legacy Towns and Flats

Of course, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and visit The Legacy Towns and Flats and check out the perfect community for your first place. Contact us at 317-674-1318 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!