Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dorm Room Essentials

This has been a requested post for a while now! It's been almost 3 years since I first moved into my freshman dorm. While many things have changed since then (my hair and my fashion sense), I still use almost everything that was in my first dorm room.

I've lived in my sorority house for the past two years and will be living there again for my senior year! Some things I've decided to leave behind (my huge TV that took up half of my dorm) and some things I've decided to add (all the Phi Mu things!!!). Freshman year dorms require a lot of stuff. I remember how nervous I was that I'd forget things when I moved out. The list I came up with are the ESSENTIALS plus a bonus list of things I had, but definitely didn't really need. 

Last year's move in day!!


  • Comforter (opt for one or two sizes up, it’ll hang over the edges and hide what’s under your bed!!!) 
  • Fitted Sheet (optional: extra fitted sheet in case you need to change your sheets and you don’t do laundry as quickly as your mom does) 
  • Foam Egg Crate Topper 
  • Pillows 
  • Pillow Cases 
  • Lamp 
  • Hamper 
  • Shower Caddy 
  • Robe/Towel Wrap Towels + hand towels (I recommend 3) 
  • Storage Containers 
  • Hangers 
  • Surge Protector 
  • Calendar 
  • Whiteboard 
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Swiffer 
  • Small Vacuum 
  • Command Strips


  • Rug 
  • Throw Pillows 
  • Throw Blanket 
  • Keurig 
  • Shoe Organizer 
  • Hanging Mirror 
  • Vanity Mirror 
  • Jewelry Organizer 
  • Picture Frames 
  • Printer Tapestry/Monogram 
  • Lapdesk 
  • Blow Dryer 
  • Bulletin Board 
  • Record Player 
  • Christmas/Hanging Lights
  • Headboard
Great places to shop include: Target, IKEA, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Etsy, Michaels, and Amazon!

Let me know if any of you past dorm residents have anything to add to the list! If you are headed to college soon, tell me where you are headed! Oh, and go Gators!!!


  1. After finishing up my freshman year, I totally agree with this list! Such a great resource for anyone heading to college in the fall!


    1. Thank you Katie!!!! Hope you had the best freshman year :)

      - Bailey

  2. This is such a great list! Will definitely be using it when I head to Clemson in the fall!!

    1. So happy to hear it, Hannah! Good luck at Clemson :)

  3. These are great essentials! I've always commuted to college but am currently on the hunt for an apartment in the near future so I'm sure some of these could be essential for that as well :)

    Angela | Cue the Coffee

  4. Hey gal! Love your post! I noticed that you are in Phi Mu! So am I