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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

You toured the best place with the right layout for your first apartment. Now, you completed the lease, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can get confusing. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Bloomington?

Here’s a list of the essentials that you need to move in. You might be able to take some of these checklist items from your old home, but for other things you might need to shop at IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Amazon are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also give you a brief list of helpful items that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These needed household items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you are renting a larger apartment, these items also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • Minimum of two good pillows

  • Sheets

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Bloomington apartment living room

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

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


  • Sofa or several cozy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Bookcases 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 most of your large essentials -- such as the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four. Even if you live by yourself, it’s good to eat at the table with friends or family.


  • Dining room table and chairs (seats 4)

  • 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 china cabinet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Food storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other cooking 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

Bloomington apartment bathroom

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom isn’t that hard to stock, as the bath tub, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets will be there already. If you have a guest bathroom, you only need toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath, which makes it pretty easy to fill.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Bloomington apartment cleaning supplies

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities can’t be confined to one room. Get these household items for an easy move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash cans for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Move Into Your First Bloomington Apartment At City Flats at Renwick

Remember, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and take a tour of City Flats at Renwick and discover the ideal community for your first apartment. Contact us at 812-578-7432 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!

City Flats at Renwick
2652 East Cathcart St. , Ste. 100
BloomingtonIndiana 47401
Phone: 812-578-7432
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City Flats at Renwick
City Flats at Renwick is a luxury apartment community located at E Moores Pike and S Sare Rd. in Bloomington. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, City Flats at Renwick is committed to making a place our Residents can call home. We offer several different floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near College Mall.
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