A J.C. Hart Apartment Community in Westfield, IN

Your First Apartment Checklist For Westfield

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the perfect place with the optimal floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the agreement, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be hard. What should you think about for your first apartment checklist for Westfield?

Here’s a short list of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your childhood home, but for other pieces you might need to visit IKEA or Westfield’s local furniture store. Online stores such as Amazon usually carry these items as well. We’ll also provide you with a brief list of helpful items that can make your first year easier.

Westfield apartment bedroom 

Westfield First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary household items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you will lease a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Minimum of two comfy pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Blanket or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Footboard and headboard

  • Large mirror

  • Bedside table and reading lamp

  • Portable laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Westfield apartment living room

Westfield First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

Whether you call it the living room or the family room, it’s the place where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although all get-togethers end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or several comfortable chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • TV, stereo, or other electronics

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Additional shelving for books, photos, or decorations

  • Accent pillows and napping blankets

  • Large area rug

Westfield apartment kitchen area

Westfield First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easy for a new renter because many of your large essentials -- like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but we recommend being able to seat at least four. Even if you live in a studio apartment, it’s nice to have room for a meal with friends or family.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 

  • Plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good frying pan or skillet

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Potato peeler, cheese grater, and other cooking tools

  • A full knife set

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

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

Westfield apartment bathroom

Westfield First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the bath tub, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are built in. If you have a guest bathroom, all you really need is 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 toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Large bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Westfield apartment cleaning supplies

Westfield First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

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


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk to work at

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Patio doormat

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

Tour What Could Be Your First Westfield Apartment At Ashley Place Apartments

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and visit Ashley Place Apartments and check out the perfect community for your first apartment. Call us at (317) 689-0173 or hit the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us soon!