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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the perfect place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the lease, boxed up your stuff, 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 items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Bloomington?

Here’s a short list of the essentials that you’ll want to move in. You might be able to find some of these essential items from your current home, but other things might take a trip to IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture store. Online stores like Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a brief list of extra items that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These needed items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and store your clothes. If you have a bigger apartment, these items also are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two good pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Closet hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Large mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Bloomington apartment living room

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The family room is the room where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although all get-togethers wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several cozy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Shelves for books, photos, or knick-knacks

  • Accent pillows and napping blankets

  • Large area rug

Bloomington apartment kitchen area

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is straightforward for a first-time renter because many of your appliances -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four. Even if you live alone, it’s nice to have enough space to eat with family or friends.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 

  • Plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A baking sheet

  • A good chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other cooking items

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

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

Bloomington apartment bathroom

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom isn’t that hard to stock, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets will be there already. 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 in your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

Bloomington apartment cleaning supplies

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some household basics can’t be confined to a single room. Buy these needed move-in items for an easy move.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Personal decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Outside doormat

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

Move Into Your First Bloomington Apartment At Echo Park Bloomington Apartments

Remember, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and tour Echo Park Bloomington Apartments and learn about the perfect community for your first place. Contact us at 812-578-7394 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!

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