Moving away from home and into an over-crowded, noisy space, where there’s people around all the time is a big change for anyone. Walking into that bare room and thinking: ‘THIS is my home for the next year?!’ is even worse. Which is why you come prepared! Prepared to make this place feel like home in an instant.
We asked past college students which items they say are essential for dorm living and making it feel like home.
Save on storage space with this nifty organizer that hangs on your bed. Better yet – store your late night snacks in it so you won’t need to get out of bed to get them! Plus, if your blanket covers the organizer no one will know where you hide the snacks…
If you want to decorate your room with string lights but are worried about the electrical costs, buy solar powered lights! Leave the solar panel by the window so it can charge up during the day for use at night.
Nothing helps more than a motivational poster hung in exactly the right spot.
4. Wall Decals
If your dorm allows it, stick up an inspirational wall decal instead.
5. Shower Caddy
Instead of attempting to hold onto your towel as well as your shower gel and shampoo, get one of these to easily carry around your bathroom essentials.
When it’s time to do laundry all you need to do is zip it up and put it on your back.
7. Washi Tape
Washi tape can make anything look cooler. Put it on the edge of your shelves, your desk, your door etc. Or use it to make make-shift photo frames on the wall.
Hang up a funky tapestry to make your room feel cozier.
9. Mini Fridge
To keep your food and drinks cool without needing to worry about someone stealing it.
Finding a free outlet when sharing a room can be hard. Buy these extra outlets and you’ll never have to worry.
11. Mini Iron
For when that shirt is really too wrinkled to wear out in public. To make-shift an ironing board use a thick cotton towel (preferably white if your clothing is white).
12. Desk Lamps
So you won’t need to use the harsh over lights or disturb sleeping roommates.
Your towel will never slip off with these Velcro towel wraps. There’s a version for women available too.
For those times you find yourself with holes in your clothes or a button falling off. If you know how to sew, doing repairs is a great way to make some extra money. People will honestly pay for you to sew a button back on.
It’s always useful to carry one of these in your pocket. This Swiss Army Style Utensil has 13 functions – fork, spoon, knife, cork screw opener, can opener, and more.
To keep you going through those hard nights of studying and early mornings. It’ll save you money in the long run as you won’t be splurging on store bought coffee every day.
Do you have any essential college items you couldn’t live without?
Add them in the comments below!
*All prices accurate at time of publishing.