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Your First Apartment Checklist For West Lafayette

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the ideal place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the lease, boxed up your stuff, 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 West Lafayette?

Here’s a short list of the essentials that you need to move in. You might be able to find some of these checklist items from your childhood home, but for other things you might need to visit IKEA or West Lafayette’s local furniture outlet. Online stores like Amazon or Target usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a quick list of helpful things that can make independent living a little better.

West Lafayette apartment bedroom 

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a space to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you are leasing a larger apartment, these things also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two comfy pillows

  • Sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser drawers

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard

  • Large mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

West Lafayette apartment living room

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you call it the the family room or the living room, it’s the place where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll entertain (although many parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few cozy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Shelves for books, DVDs, or knick-knacks

  • Accent pillows and cozy blankets

  • Large area rug

West Lafayette apartment kitchen area

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a new renter because most of your appliances -- such as 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 people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s nice to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for 

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Kitchen scissors, spatula, can opener

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic skillet or frying pan

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Food storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other cooking items

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always helpful to move in with food already in the fridge

West Lafayette apartment bathroom

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the shower, toilet, sinks, and medicine cabinets are built in. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Toothbrush holder

West Lafayette apartment cleaning supplies

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities aren’t limited to a single room. Use these household items for a comfortable move.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash cans 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

  • Personal accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Entry doormat

  • Duffle bag and towels for the apartment pool and fitness center

Move Into Your First West Lafayette Apartment At Continuum Apartments

Of course, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be the actual apartment! Come and visit Continuum Apartments and see the ideal community for your first apartment. Contact us at (765) 476-0886 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!