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5 diy decor ideas for your college students dorm to make them feel at home

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Dorms can be a blank canvas. It can be so blah. Let’s make this dorm more attractive, stylish, and fit more for your new college student. We want personality but I can’t damage the walls. Urggghhh so what should I do?
When my daughter received her college acceptance letter in the mail, we couldn’t be happier. She was overjoyed. We were overjoyed. I was overcome with pride and joy.

Now I had a new task at hand….. getting her ready for college.

When we got there, her mouth fell open. She was all of my daughter. We love to decorate and make our space our own. We looked at each other and winked. Yes that was our secret shopping code from dad lol.

Off to the races we went. Shopping that is.

Most first time college students aren’t aware of all the rules of college dorms that come with that new found freedom. No damage to the walls. No holes in the wall. No painting. No electric stoves. Blah blah blah blah blah

Thinking back on that time and because my nephew is preparing to leave for college this fall made me decide to write about it.

Going to college essentials

First let’s talk essentials. They’ll be gone for at least three months the typical semester and we must in sure they are prepared. Or we can prepare ourselves for the thrice weekly calls, Saturday trips to the post office, and the like.

Room Needs/Storage

Bedside lamp
Alarm clock/clock radio
Mini trash can
Storage bins
Under-the-bed storage trays
Desk lamp
Drying rack for laundry
Bulletin board and pushpins
Dry-erase wall calendar/board
Mini toolkit (including screwdriver, hammer, wrench)
Picture hangers (double-sided tape for concrete walls)

Linens/Laundry Supplies

Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.)
Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
Pillows (2)
Mattress pad (check with college for size needed)
Blankets (2)
Clothes hangers
Laundry bag/basket
Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
Lint brush
Mini sewing kit

Office/Desk Supplies

Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
Stapler and staples
Printer paper (if you decide to bring a printer)
Pens and pencils
Pencil holder and sharpener
Folder with pockets
Labels of various sizes
3 × 5 index cards
Sticky notes
Paper clips and binder clips
Rubber bands
Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
Stamps and envelopes


Aspirin or other pain relievers
Antidiarrheal medicine
Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment
Cough drops
Shower caddy
Shower shoes (flip-flops)
Shampoo and conditioner
Hairstyling products
Bath and face soap (at least 6)
Travel soap container(s)
Toothpaste and toothbrush (at least 6 toothpaste and 2 toothbrushes)
Dental floss
Nail clippers
Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron
Razor and shaving cream
Lotion and/or facial moisturizer (at least 3)
Cotton swabs

Now on to decor to make your student feel awesome!

Dorm style with accents

Dorm accents

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Bedding for dorm – everyone will envy

Dorm bedding

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5 dorm decor ideas to take inspiration from today

  1. Hgtv has some great ideas on dorm decor. This is especially good for those no wall damage policies. Click here to view this great article!
  2. Society19 has super cute dorm ideas to copy. Erin Mahoney did an excellent job on the decor roundup. Check them out HERE.
  3. Her Campus offers excellent ideas on sprucing up your room. Not only are they super easy and cute but budget friendly too. Check them out HERE
  4. Friends over at Brit+Co never ceases to amaze me. They are curators of some of the best finds. One of ideas I absolutely Love was the washi wall! Who would have thought?!? Hop on over HERE to check out some great ideas.
  5. Even more cheap and easy ways to decorate a dorm room. What’s your style? Check more out HERE

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