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Your First Apartment Checklist For Lafayette

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the best place with the perfect layout for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the lease, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be hard. What items should make the list for your first apartment checklist for Lafayette?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you need to move in. You might be able to bring some of these essential items from your old home, but for other bigger items you might need to go to IKEA or Lafayette’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay are good places to find things at, too. We’ll also show you a short list of extra things that can make your first year easier.

Lafayette apartment bedroom 

Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary items work well for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have somewhere to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you are renting a bigger apartment, these things also can go in a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two comfy pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Closet hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

Lafayette apartment living room

Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Family Room

The living room is the place where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the space where you’ll spend time with guests (although most get-togethers end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfy chairs

  • Extra seating

  • Coffee table

  • Entertainment center or TV stand

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Shelves for books, DVDs, or knick-knacks

  • Throw pillows and napping blankets

  • Area rug

Lafayette apartment kitchen area

Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a new renter because a lot of of your appliances -- like the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but make sure it seats 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 room table and chairs (for 

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

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic frying pan or skillet

  • A baking sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for boiling water

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

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

Lafayette apartment bathroom

Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the bath tub, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets are built in. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Large bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Lafayette apartment cleaning supplies

Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some household basics aren’t just for a single room. Buy these needed move-in items for a comfortable move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

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

Also Nice:

  • Artwork for your wall

  • Desk to work at

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Mop or sweeper

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Entry doormat

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

Move Into Your First Lafayette Apartment At Precedent Flats

Don’t forget, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and tour Precedent Flats and learn about the ideal community for your first apartment. Contact us at 765-771-7085 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!