Hey y’all! In a couple weeks, I’ll be headed back to the University of Alabama for my junior year. Eek, that’s so crazy! It really does feel like just yesterday I was moving into my freshman dorm!
Last year, I lived off-campus in a little house, so I had a lot more room to work with. However, this year I’ll be living in my sorority house and sharing a room with one of my best friends. Our room is pretty big, but we’ll still be sharing space, so I’m focusing on space-saving once again.
I rounded up all my favorite things that I used freshman year, plus some new things I got for this year! I hope this helps out some of you who are moving into dorms for the first time!
Double Hang Closet Rod – This was probably my number-one best purchase for freshman year, and I will definitely be re-using it! It’s a closet rod that hangs on the existing rod to give you double the hanging space. At $14.99, it’s really inexpensive, and you can use 20% off coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond to save even more!
Tempur-Pedic Mattress Topper – I know this seems really extra, but there’s something about a comfy bed that makes a place really feel like home. I bought a cheaper mattress topper for my freshman year, and while it worked okay, it slid around a lot on the plastic mattress, and it flattened out a lot by the second semester. When I saw Tempur-Pedic was having a special for 20% off and a free pillow, I just couldn’t pass it up!
Bedside Organizer – In a small space, any extra storage helps, which is why I loved this little bedside organizer. It velcro’s to the bed frame and hangs off the side of the bed. I kept my first aid kit, medicines like ibuprofen, and some of my power cords/headphones in mine. It works really well for little things that you don’t have enough drawer space for and want to keep handy.
Laundry Hamper with Wheels – I was gifted a hand-painted laundry hamper after graduation, and it quickly became one of my favorite gifts. I lived on the seventh floor, and the laundry room was on the third floor, so I always had to tote my laundry up and down the elevator. It seems silly, but rolling your laundry is so much easier than carrying it (especially when you wait way too long to do your laundry and end up with multiple loads.. oops).
Dry Erase Wall Calendar – I invested in one of these about halfway through freshman year for a very simple reason: if the work I should be doing is written in giant letters, staring at me from across the room while I sit in bed watching Netflix, it’s a lot harder to ignore. If you tend to selectively “forget” things that you don’t want to do but need to do, I really recommend this to give you that little extra nudge that we all need every once in a while.
Monogrammed Bath Robe – Although I didn’t have community bathrooms in the dorm, this year I’ll be using a community bathroom at the sorority house. I could *technically* walk to and from the bathroom in a towel, but I would really prefer not to, just for modesty’s sake. I feel like a bath robe is more modest than just a towel, but I don’t want to look like a crazy cat lady, so I went for this cute monogrammed one from Amazon. Who knew Amazon did monogramming?! It just got so much more dangerous for me!
Over the Door Mirror – I’m a firm believer that everyone should own a full-length mirror, and they should use it often. From making sure your leggings don’t have a hole in the butt to checking your dress for underwear lines, there are some things a bathroom mirror just can’t do. This mirror is perfect for dorms because it hangs right over a door and takes up minimal space, plus it opens up to hold jewelry inside.
Do you have any hacks for dorm life? Let me know in the comments!