Moving into your first college dorm room can be both exciting and daunting. After all, you want it to feel like home but you only have a few items to work with. How do you make the most of the space?
What are essential items that every guy needs for his dorm room? Here we will give you ideas on what to pack before heading off to college so that your dorm room is comfortable and inviting throughout the school year.
Everything you need in your Dorm Room
Your dorm room is likely to come furnished with the basics – usually a bed, desk, chair and closet storage; but adding some personal touches can make your room feel more like home.
Floor cushions and bean bags are great for additional seating for your friends, while extra pillows and blankets can add some comfort to your bedding. A small rug can also help to tie the space together and give it more personality.
To truly make a dorm room feel like home, you’ll need to bring along some of your favorite tech. A laptop is essential for studying and keeping up with coursework, while a TV is great for movie nights or just catching up on the news.
You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of charging cables, headphones and other items needed to keep your devices powered up and running.
It is a good idea to bring a long phone charger cable so you can charge your phone from any where as the plugs in your dorm room may not be where you want them to be.
Do invest in a good desk fan to keep your room comfortable during the hot summer months as there is nothing more distracting to your studying than being overheated.
One way to make your dorm room feel like home is by making sure that it’s comfortable enough for lounging around in during downtime. Start by investing in a good mattress pad – this will provide extra comfort and help keep allergens at bay during sleep.
Bring along some sheets, pillowcases and cozy blankets to add texture and warmth to the room. And, don’t forget about lighting; look for lamps or accent lights that can be used when it gets dark outside or when studying late at night!
It’s important to stay organized while living in your dorm room; having a clutter-free environment helps create clarity of thought which is essential when studying or trying to relax after classes are done for the day.
Investing in shelves or drawers is ideal if there isn’t much storage space already built into your room; try finding pieces that double as both storage options and decorative elements since they’ll take up less floor space overall!
You may even want to consider getting an item like a bedside caddy which can hang off of your bed frame and hold books, magazines, pencils, etc… That way everything stays organized without taking up too much countertop real estate!
Eating out can get expensive, so having some kitchen essentials in your dorm room is essential for saving money and eating healthier. Start with the basics: a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and water filter will help you to make meals without ever needing to leave your room.
Things like an Instant pot are a very popular option for dorms as it can cook a variety of meals quickly and easily. Other items like cutting boards (for food prep), can opener or a salad spinner for cleaning produce are also helpful for creating your own meals without having to go to the dining hall all the time!
You can also stock up on non-perishable items like rice, pasta and canned goods to help stretch your food budget. And don’t forget the silverware; having a few sets of plates, bowls and utensils will make meal time much more efficient.
Your dorm room should also include some bathroom essentials. A shower caddy is a great way to keep all of your toiletries and towels organized in one spot; you can easily carry it from the bathroom back to your room as well.
You’ll also want to make sure you have a couple of towels, plenty of hand soap, body wash and a basket for your dirty laundry. Also an essential item is shower shoes. They help keep your feet from coming into contact with any bacteria or germs in the shower.
You can personalize your dorm room with some decorations. Framed photos of family or friends, a few posters and fun trinkets can really help to make the room feel like home. Try using wall decals to easily add some color and texture to the walls without causing any damage. Command hooks are perfect for hanging items on the walls.
No matter how you decorate, just remember that it should be something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed – because that’s what home is all about but do keep your room mate in mind!
The number one rule of any living space is cleanliness, so it would be wise to invest in some cleaning products before heading off to college. A small vacuum cleaner or broom and dustpan combo will come in handy for keeping dirt and dust out of the room.
You should also bring some all-purpose cleaner for wiping down surfaces – don’t forget paper towels!
You might be used to having your washing magically done and returned to your room at home, but at college you won’t be so lucky. Bringing a laundry basket, detergent or tide pods and fabric softener will be essential for keeping on top of your washing.
Tips for doing your Laundry at College
If you are not used to doing your own laundry, it may seem like a daunting task, but here are some helpful tips to get you started:
Sort your clothes
Sort your clothes according to color and fabric type, keeping lights and darks separate and delicate fabric from hardwearing fabric.
Pretreat any stains (ideally as soon as you see them). This will increase the chance of them being removed when you wash.
Check Labels and pockets
Read the care labels on your clothes, to ensure you are washing them in the best way possible so they do not shrink or lose color. Also be sure to check your pockets to make sure nothing is left in there that could damage your clothes.
Use Detergent & Softener
Particularly if you are using a front-loader, only use a small amount of detergent and fabric softener to avoid any residue build-up. Laundry pods such as tide pods are great as they are premeasured.
Pick the right time
If you are using a shared laundry room, it is best to try and use it during the quietest time. This will ensure that your washing gets done faster and you can get back to studying or socializing in no time!
Try to avoid weekends and nights as these times will be the busiest. Weekday afternoons are usually a quiet laundry time. If possible try to schedule your laundry time into your schedule rather than just doing it whenever you feel like it. This way you will always have clean clothes!
Now you know what guys need when packing their dorm rooms before heading off to college! Having these items on hand will ensure that your living situation is comfortable and inviting throughout the entire school year.
Don’t forget about keeping things organized with shelves or drawers; these are great ways to keep clutter out of sight while still having easy access when needed. So what are you waiting for? Start packing up your essentials and get ready to move in!