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Your First Apartment Checklist For Bloomington

You discovered the perfect place with the right floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you signed the agreement, 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 be tricky. What items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Bloomington?

Here’s a list of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to take some of these checklist items from your childhood home, but other pieces might take a trip to IKEA or Bloomington’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay are always helpful. We’ll also show you a quick list of extra items that can make your first year easier.

Bloomington apartment bedroom 

Bloomington First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have a place to put your bed and clothes. If you have a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these items also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • At least two comfy pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Closet hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length mirror

  • Nightstand and reading 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 a lot of your time. It’s also the place where you’ll spend time with guests (although most parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few comfy 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 easy for a first-time renter because many of your bigger items -- such as the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already in your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s good to have enough space to eat with friends or family.


  • Dining table and chairs (for 4)

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (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 soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for holding extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other kitchen items

  • A full knife set

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good 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 but not as many as in other rooms.


  • 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 which includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and wrench

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk for your computer

  • 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 task on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! 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!

City Flats on Tenth
3821 E. Barrington Dr. , Apt. C
BloomingtonIndiana 47408
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City Flats on Tenth
City Flats on Tenth is a luxury apartment community located at E 10th St. and N Smith Rd. in Bloomington. Owned and managed by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer several different floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Indiana University Campus.
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