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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the perfect place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you signed the agreement, packed your bags, 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 checklist of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to take some of these checklist items from your old home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture store. Online stores such as Amazon are always helpful. We’ll also show you a quick list of extra items that can make your first year more comfortable.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have a place to put your bed and clothes. If you have a larger apartment, these items also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two comfy pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Closet hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Bloomington apartment living room

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The living room is the space where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although most parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few cozy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Bookcases for books, DVDs, or decorations

  • Throw pillows and smaller 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 large essentials -- such as the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already in your apartment. You only really need somewhere to sit in the dining area, but be sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s good to have enough space to eat with family or friends.


  • Dining table and chairs (for 

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (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 soup

  • 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 kitchen items

  • A full knife set

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


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, 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 just for one room. Buy these household items for an easy transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Small decorations

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Front doormat

  • Towels and bag for the apartment pool and fitness center

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

Remember, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and visit City Flats on Tenth and check out the perfect community for your first place. Call us at 812-561-1974 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!