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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found 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 to move. 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 Bloomington?

Here’s a checklist of the essentials that you’ll want to 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 shop at IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay are always helpful. We’ll also give you a brief list of helpful items that can make living on your own easier.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These needed household items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need somewhere to put your bed and store your clothes. If you are renting a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these items also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two good pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and reading 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 spend time with guests (although many get-togethers wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or several comfy 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 knick-knacks

  • 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 large essentials -- such as the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already included. 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 have room for a meal with friends or family.


  • Dining room 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 china cabinet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • 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 is rather straightforward, as the bath tub, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are already there. 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 aren’t limited to one room. Consider 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

Find 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!