10 Dorm items You Can't Live Without Your First Semester Of College

10 Dorm items You Can't Live Without Your First Semester Of College

How to have the best dorm at the least cost.


As the school year is quickly approaching, incoming college freshmen and upperclassmen alike are starting to get serious about back to school shopping. While it is no secret that dorm rooms are small and quickly get messy, there are a ton of inexpensive ways to maximize your space and stay organized too. Here are 10 great dorm items that will help you stay productive and keep a clean room too.

1. A mid size whiteboard

Keeping a white board in your room is great way to stay on top of due dates, motivate yourself, and plan out your todo list. Keeping a whiteboard like this one ($14 at Target) on your desk makes for an organized year.

2. A Cork board with pushpins

It seems like the first few days of school are filled with one important piece of paper after another. Having a space to in your room to keep up with important forms and fliers keeps you from missing out an important deadline.

3. A necklace tree

Jewelry truly is a girls best friend but it's all fun and games until you're ten minutes late and can't find the necklace that goes perfectly with your top. There are tons of necklace and jewelry organizers out there, it's just a matter of finding which one works best for you.

4. A bedside cart or table

This cart from Ikea is $25 and is great for storage, watching Netflix in bed and keeping your room neat and organized.

5. Wicker storage baskets

No matter how hard you try to prevent it, there are always going to be loose items hanging out in your dorm. Whether its cleaning supplies or snacks a great way to tidy up your space is with some cute looking baskets.

6. Rolling Storage Bins

The Container Store has these AWESOME under bed bins. They open from both sides and are great for storing pants, extra shoes, bathroom supplies and more. The space under your bed is very worth while, make the most out of it.

7. Suction cup toothbrush holder

Dorm rooms and dorm sinks are GROSS. if you're lucky enough to have a sink in your room, keeping your toothbrush off the surface makes all the difference. This five dollar dorm hack is a lifesaver for all.

8. Mesh cubbies for shoes

It's easy to just throw your shoes in the bottom of the closet without thinking twice. But once again, one shoe always seems to go missing, Keeping some kind of organizer in your closet will allow quick access for your favorite pair of shoes.

9. Command hooks for the back of the door

Keys are the HARDEST thing to keep up with in the entire world. Sticking a command hook to the back of the door allows your keys to always have a home.

10. Pencil organizer

School supplies are still a thing in college. Having an organizer on your desk allows you to always have a pencil or eraser a few inches away.

Getting to start over in a new place with new people is so exciting. Dorm shopping should be a ton of fun but also practical. As you dive headfirst into shopping for your dorm room, remember that odds are, you're only going to use this stuff for one year. You can have a great dorm room without breaking then bank.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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