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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

You discovered the ideal place with the perfect layout for your first apartment. Now, you signed the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be tricky. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Bloomington?

Here’s a list of the essentials that you should have when you move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your old home, but other bigger items might take a trip to IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay are always helpful. We’ll also provide you with a short list of helpful items that can make your first year a little better.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential items are ideal 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 are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • At least two comfy pillows

  • Sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Bedside table and lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Bloomington apartment living room

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The living room is the room where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although many events end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Shelves for books, DVDs, or accessories

  • Accent pillows and cozy blankets

  • Area rug

Bloomington apartment kitchen area

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easy for a new renter because a lot of of your appliances -- like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- are already in your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but we recommend being able to seat at least four people. Even if you live alone, it’s good to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 4)

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

  • Mugs

  • Kitchen scissors, spatula, can opener

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other cooking items

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

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

Bloomington apartment bathroom

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are built in. If you have a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed for your main or master bath, which makes it pretty simple to fill.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Over the door hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Bloomington apartment cleaning supplies

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some household basics aren’t just for a single room. Consider these household items for an easy transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk to work at

  • Personal knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Outside doormat

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

Tour What Could Be Your First Bloomington Apartment At City Flats on Walnut

Remember, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and visit City Flats on Walnut and discover the ideal community for your first apartment. Contact us at 812-578-8827 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us soon!

City Flats on Walnut
700 N. Walnut St.
BloomingtonIndiana 47404
Phone: 812-578-8827
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City Flats on Walnut
City Flats on Walnut is a luxury apartment community located at E 10th St. and N Walnut St. in Bloomington. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to making a place our Residents can call home. We offer many floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Indiana University Campus.
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