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Moving away from home for the first time or even for the second or third can be extremely nerve-racking. You want to be comfortable and prepared but also not over-packed or stuffed to the brim with gadgets and gizmos you don’t need. Should you leave your stuffed animals at home? What about a high school yearbook? What if you end up missing your mom and dad like crazy and feeling homesick every night? How can you make a 10 x 10 square room feel like home? It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Doing some strategic shopping at some of your favorite retailers can help you create a dorm room, or apartment, that you love to spend time in so that you’re happy, comfortable, and prepared for whatever may come your way during college.
A good rug
No one likes awkward linoleum floors or hitting their bare feet on the hardwood every morning. Make sure your rug is appropriate for your room size.
A comfy throw blanket
Be prepared for cold nights on the couch, a late-night trip to the library, or any major shift in temperature with a comfy throw blanket you can grab and take from your bed with ease.
Your favorite coffee mug
Having a go-to coffee mug will remind you of early morning breakfasts with your parents and keep you energized and hydrated.
A way to regulate the temperature
You won’t always need a fan or a heater, but in the times that you do need it, it will be a life-saver. For me, I invested in a good fan, since my dorm didn’t have air-conditioning but did have solid radiator heating.
Pictures of your family
Combine décor and hometown throwbacks with a picture frame that you’ll be proud to show off, full of some of your favorite memories.
A good book
Or several dozen. Take a copy of your favorite book to keep on your desk or pick up a new book that will make you want to skip class and read read read.
Comfortable pillows of assorted styles
You’re going to be spending nearly a third of your day in bed, so make it the best experience possible. Having extra throw pillows or a sitting pillow will also help transition from sleeping to working in bed.
A way to organize under your bed
Don’t let that undrr-bed area go to waste, or collect dust. Store your out-of-season clothes, old textbooks, shoes, et cetera in easy to move bins.
A sturdy and reliable laundry hamper
You won’t be happy if your laundry is thrown all over your room. Get a sturdy hamper that you won’t mind carrying to and from the laundry room and you’ll be set for a great year.
A water boiler/coffee pot/Keurig
One day you’re going to want hot tea or coffee at 3 in the morning and your Keurig is the only thing that will hold you together. You’re welcome.
You’ll want to be able to block out all the other college noise on those late nights when you’ve got a midterm in the morning but everyone else is having a rager, or if your roommate snores.
Extension cords and power strips
The odds that your bed is nowhere near an outlet are high. Be prepared. An extension cord and a power strip will save your life and the way you do your work. The necessity of these cannot be underrated.
A way to keep your desk organized
No one wants to work at a cluttered desk, but your life is going to be cluttered in college. A cute desk organizer will make you feel on top of your work and help keep you from losing your mind and all of your pens.
A comfortable desk chair
School supplied desk chairs are creations of the devil. If you anticipate spending a lot of time at your desk invest in a good chair that will support your back and allow you a little more range of motion.
How else are you going to make pizza bites and heat up day-old pizza? Most college dorms don’t have kitchens, but a microwave will make your dorm room feel like a real home, where Bagel Bites are only 3 minutes away.