Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Biggest Dorm Room Preparation Post of All Time

Goodness gracious! For the past week, my mom and I have been getting everything set up for my dorm room in the fall! I've been getting really excited, but it's been hard to think of every little thing possible for the room! I don't find out my room mate or freshman dorm until the middle of July, so I can't really coordinate anything or plan anything with them. I'm trying to get everything done before I go on vacation, and also before everything is sold out! SO, I finally am posting everything that I have for my dorm room! I hope this helps future freshman! Also, if any college students/graduates are reading this, can you please comment with anything that I may have missed? Thanks so much! Enjoy!!


Monogrammed towels...





Trays for...whatever? It can hold pretty much anything from hair accessories and makeup to random items!


Rubber flip flops for the shower. I'm not taking my chances about walking on those floors!!


Lilly Pulitzer foldable bins for clothes, shoes, anything!


Laundry bag and bags for delicates...I have another huge laundry bag being monogrammed right now as well.


My wall goodies! I have two mini posters, a magnet board, a picture board, and a dry-erase board. 


Folders, notebooks, and sticky notes. I really don't know what people use in college in terms of binders, notebooks, etc. so if anyone has any input, please let me know!!


A jewelry box! I don't wear much jewelry and the box is bigger then it looks, so it will definitely carry everything.


A pencil case...




Just boxes...they're going to hold printer paper and regular lined paper.


More storage containers and bins...



A trash can with a sticker monogram...

A fan...



I have some picture frames...the pink and green one is Lilly (of course) and the white also comes in pink and green! I got it from TJ Maxx and it's so cute!!


Hangers...


In order to have all of my storage stuff in my room, I have to lift the bed!


Drawer organizer...


I just got this lamp from Target yesterday! It's super cute!


Okay there is a lot of stuff in this picture so I'm going to explain it all. The removal wall hooks are for bags, etc. I also have a shower poof thing (I don't know the actual name!), razors, nail files, Advil, a digital alarm clock, batteries, cotton balls, and band-aids.


Ziplock bags, trash bags, chip clips, and cough drops!


Here are my desk accessories! I have a mini desk hutch, a pair of scissors, a stapler and staples, tape, sharpies, and tons of sticky notes@


Here is a lot of the dorm room stuff in a large plastic container from the Container Store. I bought 3 large and long containers to go under my bed for clothes/other things.


For food!


I thought this was adorable...


A hair styling storage system. Such a good idea!


A shower caddy...


More stuff in the plastic boxes...


Now onto my bedding! 












More plastic boxes...


Here is the before picture before everything was put up nicely...


And here is everything organized!

PLEASE comment if I missed anything!!

Have a great day!

xoxo, Hannah

51 comments:

  1. Everything looks absolutely adorable! Where did you buy the styling storage system? It is so smart and helps you stay organized!

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  2. I have some (not so glamorous) suggestions for you. One of the greatest grad gifts I got was a foldable drying rack for clothes that I didn't want to put in the (unpredictable) campus dryers. Also a separate hamper/bin for bringing your clean clothes from the laundry back to your room....that way you don't have to out clean laundry in a dirty hamper! The last suggestion is more about clothes, but make sure you bring a pair of rainboots with you...you will be glad you did the first time it pours and you have class across campus!

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  3. You are so organized!!! I would suggest some kind of stool or target ottoman to stand on to reach high things. Sometimes the beds are higher so you can fit more underneath and I needed a stool to get on my bed. I ordered a handpainted stool from etsy, but others use those storage ottomans.

    Also, tide makes those hanger freshner things that loop onto hangers. Those help your closet to smell good since sometimes the closets are musty.

    Good luck!!! You're doing great!!!

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  4. Everything is so perfect! How ironic that the day I have my college visit to Wake you post this!

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  5. I love all the storage! I would suggest a hot pot/electric tea kettle so you can have hot water for hot chocolate, coffee, soup, etc. plus a few plates, cups, utensils for when you want to eat in the dorm and not the cafeteria. See if you can have a toaster oven or small microwave in the room. Also a roll of paper towels, a few cleaning supplies, and medicine. Enjoy your time at Wake! That's a great area of NC, there is so much to do in Winston and Greensboro!

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  6. I agree with getting a foldable drying rack! I have one too because I refuse to put any of my nice clothes in the dryers at my school :) Also about the binder thing, at my school I pretty much use my laptop for everything. Class notes, homework, studying. But I do carry one notebook around just in case I need some paper. Also either have a notebook with a pocket or also carry a folder around for the few papers you may have!

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  7. At all possible, I would try and get hangers that have hooks on them so you can "fan" your clothing. I got mine from Bed Bath & Beyond & they seriously work wonders! Dorm rooms are tiny, and the closets/hanging space is even smaller. So, if you can fan your clothes, you can bring twice as much! Also, where on EARTH did you find that adorable Lilly jewelry box?! I saw one on Pinterest ages ago and have been trying to hunt one down ever since...please let me know!!

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    1. It was from a Lilly promotion a couple months back!

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  8. I graduated college 6 years ago (yikes!) and here were some surprising things I ended up needing: extra hangers, cleaning supplies, Magic Erasers, extra towels for when friends visit, a second robe, stationary (thank you notes, return address labels with your dorm address).

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  9. In terms of taking notes, I use a laptop for every class. It's much easier to keep up in lectures when you have one! Did you buy a printer? Also, don't forget some kind of shoe storage system. That will save you tons of room and also help to protect your shoes!

    SHF
    thechroniclesofs.blogspot.com

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  10. Double check that your lamp meets fire safety codes for your dorm! They took one of my lamps. I know two Lilly loving sisters who are adpis at wake forest... I am going to send them your blog and maybe you guys can meet!

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  11. I second the comments about the folding drying rack and step ladder for reaching high storage places. I'm only 5'3" so that was essential for me! Also, you will want a towel wrap cover-up for walking to and from the shower if your dorm has hall bathrooms. A few of my best friends from high school and my cousin went to Wake and they all loved it there! If you have any Wake-specific questions let me know and I can forward to them!
    -L
    www.pearlsgowitheverything.blogspot.com

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  12. Thanks for featuring some of my outfit photos from my blog on your tumblr! Would love it if you shared any of my style photos! I love seeing them pop up on your tumblr! It makes my day! XOXO Danielle from Just dandy

    http://www.justdandy.org

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  13. love the post!! i'm transferring into a university ( spent two years at a community college) and i'm in the same exact situation! ( except i was put in upperclassmen dorms, which is nice) good luck =) <3

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  14. Your stuff is so cute! I would recommend an ottoman to stand on to get into your bed when you raise it. I raised mine as much as possible and I really recommend you do the same. It's so much easier to have storage underneath it and keeps your room organized. I also collected lots of medicines for different sicknesses and created a mini pharmacy in a container. It was very helpful when I got sick because I had the medicines on hand, I didn't have to stop and leave campuses to buy some. Good luck (:

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  15. Everything looks amazing!!
    here are a few i would suggest
    1. Step stool/ottoman - like the other girls suggested, and make sure its stable, I fell off mine and ended up with a CAT scan and concussion.
    2. Extra comforter/blanket - dorm heating = unpredictable, this way you can double up it its too cold or have a lighter one for warmer weather.
    3. As for school work, I had an exercise book/writing pad for each class I took. Also a ring binder for handouts and syllabus (Also have somewhere to store old work, it can come in handy
    4. Tide stain remover pen
    5. Plastic tumblrs for drinks, maybe a cute pitcher if you drink powdered drink, then you can make enough for the day or to share.

    Hope you have a great summer and relax before you get to college
    If you have any questions feel free to email me such as
    greek life, studying abroad etc

    hollyfrances@live.co.uk

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  16. I definitely recommend getting cute bowls, cups, plates and silverware. Between late night snacks and early morning coffee you never know what you might need. Oh and a baking pan, making cookies and brownies I so much fun with your friends!

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  17. Everything looks great! If you have any questions feel free to email. I agree with the collapsible drying rack.
    As for notes I just used notebooks and only had one or two binders for those classes with lots of powerpoints since I like to study without my laptop to decrease distractions. Also, a lot of my professors banned laptops so people did pay attention in classes and I had a lot of discussion based classes in which a laptop would not be needed. I would suggest a hole-punch for your school supplies as well!

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  18. Wow! I am SO impressed with how thorough you were :) My only suggestion is that you get a collapsable drying rack :)

    Abby xx

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    1. I completely agree with you! That is more of a necessity than many think! :)

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  19. All of that stuff is absolutely adorable!! I'm a rising sophomore, and I do have a few suggestions-definately bring more hangers than you think you need! If you leave them in the packaging, you can return them if you don't end up using them. Another great thing I got (from Bed Bath and Beyond I think?) are a couple skirt hangers that hold 4 skirts so you can conserve closet space! Also, maybe pick up another shower caddy and maybe store it at home, as about half way through the year it can get kind of grody! A drying rack is essential for nice sweaters, skirts, bras, etc and other things that shouldn't go in the dryer. Another suggestion would be some cheap microwavable bowls&plates and silverware! It's super convenient for leftovers etc. I emphasize the 'cheap' part because between friends borrowing utensils and leaving them in the kitchen sometimes things go missing! My last and probably most important recommendation is some cute drawer liner. I had a roll of green flowery patterned (not sure where I got it) and it was a lifesaver! I taped it down inside my dresser drawers and my desk, because sometimes it doesn't look very clean. Best of luck to you in your preparation and moving in!!

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  20. you are very well prepared! i didn't start buying things until august! as for suggestions, what about a shoe rack/storage type thing.. i have many shoes so this is def a must have for me! mine is a over the door type and stores a lot! also i have asked before, but where did you get your bedspread! i have been looking for one for a while because i am getting a different size bed this year! thanks so much

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    1. It's from Garnet Hill! They carry Lilly Pulitzer.

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  21. Hello! Great collection of stuff so far! You are very ahead of where I was at this point! I think I had probably only gotten my bedding! However, one thing I would def recommend getting a shoe rack or shoe storage type thing.. Maybe one that hangs over a door? Def helpful! Also, was wondering where you got that bedspread! I am moving and am getting a new size bed, so I am in need of new bedding! If you could let me know that would be great! Thanks xo

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    1. It's from Garnet Hill! They carry Lilly Pulitzer.

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  22. I'm going to echo the drying rack - it's so helpful when you're dealing with industrial strength college dryers! I'd also get a small lock box to keep extra checks, important papers and nice jewelry in. Even if you adore your room mate you don't know their friends and they will be in the room when you're not there. Have fun but be safe!

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  23. Everything you bought is so cute! I can't wait to see it all set up in your room! You'll have the best room on campus for sure ;)

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  24. 1. Flashlight/book light(when you need to pull an all nighter or a blackout
    2. Umbrella/wellies
    3. first aid kit
    4. mini tool kit
    5. room freshener
    6. detergent
    7. ear plugs/eye mask(when your roommate pulls an all nighter
    8. broom
    9. playing cards
    10. slippers!!!(and other comfy lounge wear)

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  25. You definitely are going to need extension cords, power strips/surge protectors and the plug adapters that make multiple outlets out of one. Dorm rooms usually have very few outlets and you and your roommate are going to need more than you will have.

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  26. A clock placed to where you can see it as soon as you wake up will save you early morning hassle! I'm not a laptop note taker - too much distraction - and I hate carrying around a huge backpack so I take a binder full of looseleaf paper to take notes in then when I get home from class put the notes in a binder for each class. That makes going to the library a breeze!

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  27. I generally used my laptop when taking notes in college (make sure to back up your work though!), but I did have a few professors that did not allow it. In those cases, I bought some spiral notebooks from the Student Store (I loved the ones with the school seal on them) in different colors for different classes. I also made sure they had one of those pocket pages to put any handouts (like the syllabus or whatever). That way all my stuff for every class was in one place.

    I never used binders (they take up so much space), and rarely ever used loose leaf paper. In fact, I think the only time I used loose paper was for a statistics class, and when I was studying for the GMAT for grad school.

    And as long as you have the things you can't buy anywhere with you, it'll be fine. There are plenty of places in Winston to get things like cleaning supplies or school supplies.

    Now for the important stuff: Where to find Lilly in Winston-Salem! I highly recommend the Belk in Hanes Mall. You can usually find some great deals, especially if you happen to hit it on the Red Dot days. Make friends with Sun and Linda (they generally work the Lilly/Vineyard Vines area and are super nice). They will take great care of you. They will usually call me and my best friend when deals are coming, so you can give them your number. For stationary or more "home" items, there's a place called Note Worthy in the Thruway shopping center on Stratford Road. It's conveniently located next to Dewey's (Winston's most well known bakery), so have a snack while you're at it! Also, there's Palm Avenue, a Lilly signature store, in Friendly Center in Greensboro. I've never actually been there since I can generally find what I need/what in Winston. And, I'm sure you'll find out, there are plenty of other wonderful stores around the city. Part of the fun of college is exploring a new town.

    But don't worry, you'll be fine. There's a learning curve that comes with being a freshman and it's probably different depending on the person and the school. By the time you head into your sophomore year, you'll be a pro.

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  28. Getting an iron and broom/carpet sweeper are great additions. As people said, closets will be small and if you plan on packing clothes under the bed, this will be great. A broom/vacuum you can coordinate with a roommate once you find out. Don't forget to bring some fun/dressy clothes, you never know what themed events there will be or if you get the urge to be fancy.

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  29. You will definitely need a Camelbak water bottle or something else with a filter in it to take to class with you.

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  30. Looks like you've prepared super well! I know my sister wished she'd brought a rug last year.

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  31. you are very prepared! Love all the pink and green! My only suggestion would be a drying rack-it's so helpful for avoiding wrinkles in delicate clothing!

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  32. These pictures bring back memories of my freshman year! I don't have much to add aside from maybe a cute rug for the floor? And some slippers? I always had cold feet and my first dorm room had a linoleum floor - easy to clean but really cold in the winter. Then again, I'm a New England girl so the winters are always freezing. Also make sure you have cleaning supplies... like Lysol wipes or a Swiffer, or even just a little broom and dustpan set that you can get at Target or something. Good luck!

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  33. Find PRE-HOLE PUNCHED computer paper in stores. It's worth it when you think about how many documents you'll be printing out and placing in your binders

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  34. A lap desk is nice. Also amen to the extra surge protectors and outlet multiples. Also, I loved having one of the pillows that props you up in bed ( the ones with the arms)!

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  35. Nicole AltamiranoJune 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    I just found your blog, and let me just say, I LOVE it. So cute. I'm going to be a freshman at Vanderbilt next year so this was super helpful. Just wondering, where did you get those adorable trays? They will be perfect for holding accessories and whatnot. Thanks!

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  36. If you like coffee.. I would definitely suggest a keurig/coffee maker.. If you're not a coffee drinker, I would definitely suggest a hot water kettle... I had both and used mine for tea, hot chocolate, cider, etc. You can even heat up soup if you wanted. I was a huge coffee drinker and we had two Starbucks but early in the morning, the Starbucks was out of my way and making coffee in my room was super quick and convenient!

    I would also suggest some sort of stool/ottoman.. Mine was from Target and it was super inexpensive.. It is great for extra seating and helpful when I needed to reach something high up and it also had some storage when you lifted the lid. You could even set one of your trays on the ottoman for an added bedside surface.

    A Brita pitcher is another handy thing to have.. sometimes the water at schools are really bad.. we filtered ours from our dorm kitchen and we were glad to have it. Plus it chills the water better than a water fountain. In the drink category I would also go with a few travel mugs and water bottles for quick travel. I always had a Camelbak on me, and one in my fridge.

    A rug is another big one for me! My roommate freshman year brought a huge area rug and it was a HUGE help. The tile/wood is usually cold and gross and the rug makes it feel homier. I brought a really cute pastel rug from PB Teen and it was so cute!

    For your computer, an external hard drive is necessary...or make use of Cloud or Digital Dropbox so you never lose your files!

    For notes I always used a notebook and folder unless otherwise stated on the syllabus.. it was lightest to carry around. I also had an extra folder that carried every syllabus so I was never without them! If you are unfamiliar with a syllabus, it has dates and policies and contact information for the professor-- make use of it often and you will be ahead because many people don't take advantage of them!

    Lastly, rain gear is essential!!! I always always always had my rain jacket and umbrella on hand! For days that it was really rainy, I had a giant umbrella and for days where it was drizzling, I just used my small little umbrella!

    Other than that, you look super prepared! Can't wait to read all about your college adventures!

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  37. First off I love your blog! Looking at everything that you purchased reminds me of my Freshman year of college.

    I would suggest a drying rack, the dryers in most dorms don't work all that well or shrink everything. A lap desk is also very useful, especially if you want to sit in bed and work. And maybe a small set of bowls, plates and silverware if you just want to eat in your room and don't want to use the dining hall silverware.

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  38. I have a feeling that your Dorm Room is going to be fabulous! love everything you purchased! :)

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  39. And I also suggest a small folding drying rack.. we all know Lilly and dryers do not mix!!

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  40. LOVE this! You are giving me so many ideas for next year!

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  41. DRYING RACK FOR SURE! Do not trust the dryers at the dorms.. Also, make sure to be there right when your stuff is out of the washer and dryer because a few of my Lilly things went missing this past year. That's the lucky thing about monograms! :) Make sure to cover all of your basis of sicknesses. i.e.: cough, sinus infection, upset stomach, lots of advil, allergy medicine, etc. Girls will be flocking to your door for this! TRUST ME! If you have a printer, make sure to stock up on ink cartridges. Febreeze is a must. Sometimes you just need to freshen things up in a cramped dorm room. Swiffer duster wands, clorox wipes, lysol (lots of tight quarters when one person is sick!) Feminine products, toilet paper (if you like the super soft kind) neosporin, HAND SANITIZER, tissues. email me caro.drisco@gmail.com if you need any other pieces of advice! just finished my freshman year and I would be happy to help!

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  42. Where did you get the Lilly binder and notebook?? I need new ones!!

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  43. what brand are the folder, notebook, and sticky notes in your picture?

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  44. This was very helpful! I'm going to be a freshman at Appalachian State in the fall from New Mexico! Thanks for the suggestions!

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