Hello everyone! I am here today with the beginning of my lil college preparedness/fun/what you need/sisterly advice series. I think I’m going to be posting about 2 weeks worth of posts about all things college and then it will be back to your regular makeup/clothes/fun that we typically do!
So, the simplest thing first. A checklist of everything/anything you might need for your first dorm room. It can be overwhelming when you face the college aisles of Target with very little plan. Before you know it, you either end up spending way too much on stuff you won’t even use OR you end up missing some major things (I didn’t bring an a/c unit my freshman year…my dad immediately left to get one).
I’m going to try and break this down by category with a couple of hacks along the way!
- I would choose a neutral solid color or at the very least one you won’t get sick of after three years. Buying bedding can get expensive and replacing it all the time can be annoying!
- Twin XL sheets
- An extra set of sheets for laundry day or when a friend comes to visit!
- Pillows and more pillows
- A mattress cover
- A mattress pad (your back will thank you)
- Hack: Missing your headboard at home? I know I did. I bought a body pillow that I kept behind all my sleeping pillows. Not only did this look cute, it kept me from knocking my head against the hard brick wall which I very much appreciated.
- Bed risers.
- A shower caddy big enough for FULL SIZE bottles of shampoo, conditioner, etc.
- A cover for your toothbrush. It takes one time of dropping your toothbrush on the disgusting dorm bathroom floor to realize a travel cover is a good idea.
- Towels (I recommend fast drying ones)
- A make-up tray for products that wouldn’t fit in drawers
- A set of mini drawers for misc. make-up, hair products, nail polish
- DO NOT. I REPEAT. DO NOT. Bring every nail polish, styling product, etc. you own. Or every make-up product to think of it.
Now, this has a lot to do with your kind of room, the space you have, and personal preferences. At my school, we got a closet or wardrobe, a dresser, and a desk. To supplement those, I have kept a three drawer set of bins in my room as well as storing stuff in laundry hampers. I’ll list some organization ideas here!
- Sets of plastic drawers
- I used mine to store snacks, linens, and medicine/extra beauty products.
- Hanging closet organizers
- Especially good if you don’t have a dresser
- A bookshelf
- I got a folding, metal bookshelf at Target and it was great. My roommate and I stored our books and school supplies on it with the top row being a catch all for keys, wallets, etc.
- Command hooks
- YOU WILL NEED THIS. Hanging towels, pictures, mirrors, and so on. They have so many uses!
- Pretty little baskets
- Use these to store desk things, books, etc.
- Desk organization tools like a pencil cup.
- A bedside organizer
- These hang over the frame of your bed and can store things like your water bottle, glasses, phone while it’s charging. This is especially useful if you put your bed up high so you won’t have access to a coffee table.
- An A/C unit
- No matter how much you pretend you don’t need one, you WILL.
- A fan
- Helpful for cooling AND keeping out hallway noise
- A laptop
- A tablet (NOT NECESSARY, JUST NICE)
- Extra lighting
- Dorm lighting is sad and often lacking in windows. Bring a desk lamp, a standing lamp, and some fairy lights to make it less sad and make waking up for an 8 am easier!
- A TV if you’re into it
- Rokus are a great way to get Netflix on your tv if you don’t have or want cable!
- Bring snacks
- Microwave oatmeal, granola bars, ramen, long lasting fruit like grapes or apples, coffee, bottled water, frozen fruit and veggies, and other favorites of yours.
- A Keurig or water boiler
- A microwave
- A fridge (w a freezer)
- Tbh, I get the appeal of sharing fridges but it’s not fun when your roommates drunkenly eat your favorite Trader Joe’s cheese and don’t replace it before you return from your weekend away. GET YOUR OWN FRIDGE.
- A rice cooker
- Yes, your school might say it’s against the rules to have this. Rules are made to be broken if it means being able to make a million snacks/meals when you’re tired of cafeteria food (which you will be). These puppies can make everything from soup to pasta to rice to nachos to a burrito to desserts. I could go on.
- A glass for alcohol
- This is for sophistication purposes. Get a glass.
- Paper plates/utensils
- Horrible for the environment, but nice when you don’t have a kitchen.
- Wall hangings!
- I love posters that are framed, gallery walls, and photos of friends and family.
- A hanging calendar
- A major key to success in college is keeping organized. Have a planner to take to class, a to-do list for each week, and a hanging calendar on your wall so you’re never surprised by a quiz.
- A rug
- If you have a tile floor, it’s cold in the winter. Get a rug. Ikea has some great ones for less than $15!
- Also, Ikea’s faux sheepskin rugs are excellent to cover ugly dorm chairs. I got one freshman year and used it every year after to make the hard and uncomfortable plastic of the chair wayyyy more bearable. Also, it looks cute.
- Throw pillows
- Aside from looking cute, these can cushion your friend’s seats on the floor.
- A storage ottoman
- I looooove storage ottomans. Store your snacks while being a place to sit.
- A hanging mirror
- A desk mirror (mirrors make rooms look bigger)
- A lot of hangers for your closet
- Something to make the room smell nice! (I recommend burning secret candles, but you didn’t hear that from me)
- Garbage cans
- A weekender bag for trips to visit other friend’s colleges
Whew! I think these are all I can think of for right now! Let me know if I forgot anything in the comments!