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Dorm room extras that made life more comfortable

bjkmombjkmom 7941 replies158 threads Senior Member
OK, college kids, I'm asking for suggestions.

My son was easy. As long as he had a dry towel and a blanket for his bed, he was pretty much OK.

But my daughter... well, let's just say she's a girl and leave it at that.

We've already started, but I would be interested in any suggestions of things not on the typical lists that you've found useful.

Thanks for your help!
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21477 replies224 threads Senior Member
    A good reading chair if there is space for it.
    Plants.
    Good lighting that isn't the overhead lights.
    Quality bedding.
    Electric kettle - the kind that boils water very quickly and has an auto shutoff feature - assuming it is allowed.
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  • carolinamom2boyscarolinamom2boys 6895 replies223 threads Senior Member
    A small fan.
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  • CheeringsectionCheeringsection 2521 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Fairy lights, micro LEDS, or whatever you call strings of small lights. They provide enough light for someone to be up and someone to be asleep. Many are battery powered. Get the rechargeable batteries!

    A solar light (LUCI) good flashlight/lantern (Eddie Bauer) for when the power does go out. My DS ended up with several friends studying in his room since he had both going when the power went out the night before an exam.
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  • college-bound-parentcollege-bound-parent 55 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Mini humidifier for the winter if in a cold climate. Area rug and futon.
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5882 replies10 threads Senior Member
    A reading light that can clip onto the bed? Underbed storage bins? Pockets that hang from the side of the bed (for glasses and phone)?

    Mostly good bedding. This is so important! You want to feel great when you crawl into bed at night.

    These things all relate to being organized and productive in a tiny, shared space. I tend to agree with @MaineLonghorn -- more stuff is actually a burden.
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  • happy1happy1 22987 replies2268 threads Senior Member
    I admit that my D has too many clothes so we got a closet doubler (turns one closet rod into two) which helped immensely.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34593 replies385 threads Senior Member
    Lol, there was a the freshman room where decent closet space would have been good. 4 girls shared about 5 feet. And they're still close, years after grad. Then the year there was no closet.

    The dorm fridge. This was the kind about 30" high, we stocked it with water and D1 commented how many new friends she made, offering to share.
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  • carolinamom2boyscarolinamom2boys 6895 replies223 threads Senior Member
    If going to school in a humid environment, get some DampRid to hang in the closet and throughout the room.
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  • katliamomkatliamom 12831 replies167 threads Senior Member
    @techmom99 -- LOL about the "husbands." I was going to suggest to @bjkmom an extra large pillow to use to prop yourself on the bed to read/study -- both my kids found them very useful. But that was before "husbands" were invented.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7941 replies158 threads Senior Member
    Us too, though I've never heard them called that. She has one now that she lives on; she'll be due for a replacement.
    But the color, of course, will depend on what she and her roommate agree on in terms of decor.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4150 replies89 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    What is this “husband” thing really called? Sounds like a great idea. We changed baseboards on the whole house a year ago and now my kid constantly bounces his headboard on the wall when he’s sitting up reading. He has a padded headboard but if his thingy is good I’d rather just remove the headboard - he’s constantly noisy with that thing throughout the wee hours of the morning.
    edited May 2018
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  • techmom99techmom99 3475 replies6 threads Senior Member
    That link is about right, but we paid about half that at BBB (didn't get suede) and it had side pockets. The shower tote shown in the side bar is the one I was talking about.

    I honestly don't know what to call it other than "husband."
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  • VMTVMT 1195 replies16 threads Senior Member
    I call it a husband, too. I had one when I was in college. So did my D.

    I think anything that aids in organizing or expanding what little space she has is worthwhile. If her bed will be up high, think what she will need while in bed that she doesn’t want to have to climb down to get (hence the pocket that hangs from bed frame for glasses, and a clip on light she can turn on and off from bed).

    Over the door hanger or shoe storage thing with pockets. 3-drawer storage container. Storage containers that can fit into top of closet to help organize.



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  • techmom99techmom99 3475 replies6 threads Senior Member
    I bet there would be a market for that sort of thing @ProfessorPlum168.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4150 replies89 threads Senior Member
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