I have several friends who are sending children to college this summer. My own step son will also be heading for college this summer. I wanted to share a few tips for organizing and decorating the new home away from home!
Before you get started:
1. Be sure to get the dorm rules as far as holes in the wall!
2. Get the schools rules as far as fridges, hot plates, Keurigs, microwaves, etc.!
3. Talk to your roommate(s) (about going half on things like the mini fridge, TV & other items that can be shared.
4. Figure out what furniture comes with the dorm.
HOW TO PERSONALIZE:
- Mattress pad (makes bed more comfortable)
- Fitted Sheet
- Pillow Cases
- Two pillows
- Throw pillows (most of the time these end up on the floor when I’m sleeping but they look nice)
2. Desk Accessories
This is an area where you can let your creativity shine through! I’d also recommend considering options that are vertical which allow you to save space and hold more like the white option pictured above.
You should have the following options:
- Stapler & staples
- Tape dispenser
- 3 whole punch
- Loose leaf paper
3. Storage Containers
4. Great bags
5. Mini fridge magnets
If you & your roommate have a mini fridge you can use it to bring out more of your personal style. You can purchase a box of business card magnets at any office supply store & turn anything into a magnet!
There are also fridge accessory caddies like the one above that you can pick up at places like Target.
6. Desktop Wallpapers
When deciding on laptop vs. desktop I’d recommend the laptop. A desktop will force you to remain in your dorm to do your work. You never know when your roommate will make too much noise so you should have the option of doing your work in other spaces. Most campuses have state of the art computer labs so you should be fine. Search “desktop wallpapers” on Pinterest & several options will come up.
7. Area Rug
8. Unique Sox & Great Slippers
9. Decorating with photos
If you aren’t allowed to put holes in the wall you can create frames with washi (decorative) tape available at office supply stores, Michaels & here on Amazon.
Most dorms have terrible lighting! Invest in at least a floor lamp & a desk lamp. Rope lights & “fairy” lights can also provide great mood & dramatic lighting. You can also purchase a HUE light bulb (color) which will allow you to create multiple light colors! We’ve converted 4 rooms in our house to HUE lamps & will eventually replace all bulbs with HUE bulbs! Learn more here.
Here are a few general inspiration pics:
Here are 10 places you can shop:
1. Bed Bath & Beyond
2. The Container Store
4. Hobby Lobby
6. TJ Maxx
7. Nordstrom’s Rack
Feel free to post comments below! I’d love to see photos of your organized & decorated dorm room!