When moving in a dorm room there are dozens of Pinterest boards and lists to remind you what to bring and inspire your decoration theme. What you most likely won’t remember are these items that will make dorm life easier and care-free for you.
1.Foldable drying rack
On-campus washers and dryers are notorious for breaking down, not working properly, and just taking all your quarters when you’re running low. Having a compact drying rack handy will allow you to fully air dry your clothes, instead of machine drying them, ready for when you next need them.
As a follow up to the foldable drying rack, steamers are very useful if you don’t have the space for an ironing board and iron. These also come in useful when you have shirts that cannot be folded right before a big interview so keep that in mind.
3. Bedside caddy
Not only will this clip on to your bed and keep things from falling, it will also keep things organized so that you know where they are all the time. Charging cables, laptop, phone, notepad etc. Particularly if you raised your bed in your dorm room this will keep everything safe from falling down.
4. Reading pillow
It’s not recommended for you to study in bed, but if you happen to be on your laptop then a reading pillow will both support your back, as well as keep you awake.
5. Laptop cushion
If you’re going to support your back, support your laptop too. This desk cushion will keep your materials balanced as well as organized and visible in front of you. Raising your laptop will also keep your screen at eye level, enhancing your focus.
6. Candle warmer/air scent beads
Candles and anything with an open flame are not allowed in college dorms for safety reasons. However, candle warmers and normal air fresheners are allowed. Refillable air fresheners are available with favorite scents from Bath & Body Works and also Yankee Candle, however, Target and other general merchandise stores sell boxes of scent beads which spread around the room all day every day for just a couple dollars.
7. Clip lamp
When you can’t find your phone charger but don’t want to turn on your main light, a clip lamp on your headboard or nightstand will do just the trick. These are usually inexpensive and adjustable to help you find just what you need without waking up your roommate.
8. Touch lamp
Similar to the clip lamp, a touch lamp makes your life easier when trying to find that one specific item without turning on the main light. These can be found at Target for a relatively inexpensive price and can be turned on by pressing gently anywhere on the light – much easier than trying to find a switch or plug!
9. Lock box
You may find yourself holding important documents in your dorm, such as your driver’s license or passport, keeping these safe and locked away will give you peace of mind that they are secure, as well as
10. Shower caddy
Not only are these great to store shoes on the back of your door, but also snacks, toiletries and other accessories. This will keep your items organized and out of the way with the extra storage you gain from the back of your door.
Pinterest and college dorm checklists are full of tips and tricks to help you organize your dorm. However, these ten items, among others, make your dorm feel more like home, as well as put together. Dorm living can be hard to adjust to, these must-have items help to ease the transition for you.