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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

You toured the perfect place with the optimal layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the contract, 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 bring some of these essential items from your current home, but for other things you might need to shop at IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture store. Online stores like Amazon usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a brief list of extra items that can make living on your own easier.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

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


  • Mattress

  • Minimum of two comfy pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Comforter or Blanket

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Closet hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Nightstand and reading lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Bloomington apartment living room

Bloomington 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 entertain (although all parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or several comfy 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 accessories

  • Accent pillows and cozy blankets

  • Large area rug

Bloomington apartment kitchen area

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easy for a first-time renter because many of your appliances -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. 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 (for 4)

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

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • 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 is rather straightforward, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are already there. If you have a guest bathroom, you only need toilet paper, soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath, which makes it pretty simple to fill.


  • 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 household 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 adjustable wrench

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • 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

Find Your First Bloomington Apartment At Echo Park Bloomington Apartments

Of course, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and take a tour of 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!

Echo Park Bloomington
2780 S Walnut Street Pike
BloomingtonIndiana 47401
Phone: 812-578-7394
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Echo Park Bloomington
Echo Park Bloomington Apartments is a luxury apartment community located at E Winslow Rd and Walnut Pike in Bloomington. Operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer various floor plans and amenities to fit your lifestyle, and our Residents love living near downtown Bloomington.
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