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  • Writer's pictureWendy Elizabeth

5 Dorm Room Essentials

‘Tis the season, and if you have a college-bound teenager then you just might be in the middle of your very own personal hell – surrounded by a peripheral madness that you are trying really hard to resist, every email and letter that you receive pushes your anxiety to new heights, and you wonder what on earth this experience is supposed to be about anyway. Of course you don’t want them to go, but why are they suddenly telling you that your child must have a printer and a matching pair of salt and pepper shaker’s? Oh, and you must send her a welcome kit of candy, delivered straight to her room – with a sweet reminder that if you don’t, she will be the only candy-less, unloved child on the entire campus….

So, with all these thoughts floating around in your head (not mine, of course) I thought I would give you five of my favorite dorm room essentials. They won’t rescue you from the madness, but all are readily available, all are infinitely useful, and nothing is over thirty dollars.

Bed Lifts are not the most glamorous thing on the planet,  but they will give your messy teen an extra 6 – 7 inches of space under their bed (and, it makes it feel less like a twin bed). The new ones even come with an AC outlet and USB charger. For less than $30, it will help them be more organized, or at the very least they can just grab some storage bins and stash everything under the bed when you go to visit them. 

This seems odd, and I absolutely trust all the little darlings who will be attending college, but a space to hide something is not such a bad idea. Something unexpected, like a hidden drawer, an old book, or even a pair of funny toe socks, is not as obvious as a dorm room safety box, and may come in useful now and again. This one is from Amazon, and is about ten dollars.

Another cheapie – this isn’t really glass, but it does just what you need it to. Available at almost every inexpensive, large retail store, it needs no installation, and just hooks over the back of a door. As well as needing them to look into, a mirror makes the room seem a bit brighter, which can be a necessity in some of those dark, crowded, Vitamin-D deficient  dorm rooms.   

Clear, hanging shoe pockets are not just for shoes. If they can fit it in there, that’s what they can use it for. From toiletries to underwear and gadget chargers, these are indispensable for every type of student. They’re extremely durable (and even washable, if they need to be). Yes, the fabric one’s are cute, but the clear pockets are so much more practical. 

Forget the fancy bath buddy’s and cute shampoo organizers, 

a shower container has to be waterproof, durable, drainable and easy to carry. Do you really think they are going to stand and put everything back in the right spot, and leave the mesh out to dry for three days to avoid the mold? No. Keep it simple with these adorable, colorful, tough $3.99 totes (which would also be great for holding so many other things).  

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