Freshman Year: The Dorm

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Freshman Year: The Dorm

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The time has come!  Your baby is going to college.  You have a freshman!

Last year, I went through the same thing, totally uncertain of what was to come.  I took a week of vacation just to move my daughter into college for her freshman year.


You, like me, will be just fine.  Your freshman, just like mine, will be just fine.  

Just breathe!

I know you have a tremendous amount of things to do.  It will all get done.  Let’s start with the easy stuff first: 

the dorm.



Bedding is the most important thing you will need to ensure your freshman has.  Most dorms have twin beds; however, you should contact the college’s housing department to verify the size of bedding your freshman will need. 

Depending on your budget, your freshman will need the minimum:

·       Sheets and Pillowcases

·       Pillow

·       Comforter or Bedspread

There are tons of choices.  Check out these awesome deals below:


Other items you may want for your freshman, include:

·       Decorative Pillows

·       Extra Pillows

·       Mattress Cover

·       Throws


Your freshman will want to have some type of décor for the walls and his or her desk.  What you buy and do depends on your freshman’s preferences.   This is your child’s first time away from home, so he or she will need help with organization in order to help things run more smoothly freshman year. 

Décor can be grouped into the following:

·       Wall Décor

·       Desk Décor

·       Floor Décor


For the wall, you may buy tons of different things.  My daughter loves tapestries like these:


She also took an old picture frame with wires attached across and added pictures from home, using clothespins.  She then hung up white lights across the frame.  One trip to visit, I gave her a canvas with a quote on it. Just an FYI, you will most likely need Command Strips, as the dorms will not want you to nail nails into the walls.  Command Strips do not damage the wall.  Inspiration and a touch of home are important in the décor.  Depending on your child, you will add as much or as little as your freshman wants.  Everyone is different.


For the desk, you will want to ensure there is something to keep items organized.  What you use then depends on a few factors, such as major, hobbies, and other interests.  Examples of organizational tools include baskets and shelves.  You can find some really excellent deals on these, such as in the items below:



 Your freshman would benefit from the following on the desk:

·       Lamp

·       Pencil Holder of Sorts

·       Alarm Clock

·       Waste Basket

Now, on to the floor décor.  Some beds are rather high, so it would help to have a stepstool or even a simple ottoman. Most dorm floors are cement, so a rug for the floor in front of the bed is nice for those cool early mornings. 



Your freshman will have roommates, so this is best to be a joint decision.  For the bathroom, the following items will be ideal:

·       Floor Rugs

·       Shower Curtain with Rings

·       Toilet Brush

·       Plunger—and make sure they know how to use it

·       Waste Basket

·       Shower Caddy

Here are some excellent deals for some of these items:




Finally, here are some other ideas of items that your freshman will need:

·       Cleaning items, such as sponges, rags, and cleaner

·       Bath items, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, etc.

·       Health items, such as vitamins and essential oils

·       Medicine, such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin, Midol, Aleve, Benadryl, Zyrtec, Pepto Bismol, antacid, and any prescription medications

·       First aid items, such as band-aids, Neosporin, Benadryl itch cream, etc.


Hopefully, these lists will help you on your way to seeing off your freshman to college.  Before you know it, you will be just like me, preparing your Sophomore for a new year of college.  Just breathe and enjoy every second.  Your freshman will come home in winter break an adult.


Until next time,


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