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Hey y'all! I'm Leslie! A southern girl at heart who loves to travel!  I am a mom to two teen boys and my seniors girl clients are my chance to get some girl time in!  I love taking photos and documenting my clients' stories!  Check out this blog for fun info, sessions and so much more!

If you have a senior or are a senior, chances are you are already thinking about what dorm decor and essentials you need! I am super excited to decorate but because I have a boy, I am not sure how much decorating he is going to let me do! He specifically told me, “No throw pillows!” and I was devastated! How can you decorate without throw pillows? ha!

So whether you get to fully decorate with throw pillows or just need the essentials, I asked my past seniors what were their favorite gifts and what they wish they had had when entering college as a freshman! Here is a list of must-have items for your dorm room!

15 Must-Have Items For Your Dorm

  1. Desk Lamp – late night studying may be required so having a desk lamp to help you see while your roommate is sleeping is a good idea. Here is a great option from Target!

2. Towels – According to my past seniors, this is an item you will get as a gift from a lot of people so you may not have to purchase towels yourself. But they are a must whether you receive as a gift or purchase yourself!

3. Bedding – You will definitely need sheets, pillowcases and comforter or duvet for your dorm! Be sure to check what size bed your specific dorm will have before purchasing! A popular size is an extra-long twin! These sheets from Bed, Bath and Beyond have pockets on the side for your phone which I think is genius!

4. Power Strip – There will be lots of things to plug in and dorm rooms notoriously don’t have enough plugs.

5. Bedside Shelf – This is a great item for things that you want to keep within reach such as your phone, laptop and more!

6. Utility Cart – You can never have enough storage so having a cute utility cart for your things will help you stay organized and have a place to put all your stuff!

7. Desk Organizer/Charging Station – Keep all your pens and more organized while charging your phone! A great item to have for your dorm desk!

8. Space Saving Hangers – If you are like me, you have lots of clothes! And unfortunately dorms don’t have walk-in closets! Ha! So in order to fit as many clothes in your closet as possible, space-saving hangers are a must!

9. Over The Door Hook – This item is not only cute but perfect for hanging up your towels or jackets!

10. Black Out Curtains – You may want to block out that early morning sun and dorms don’t typically come with window coverings! Black out curtains and a rod that doesn’t require drilling into the walls are great for dorm rooms.

11. Under Bed Storage – By now you see a theme…dorm rooms do not have enough storage! ha! So any storage containers you can get…get!! These under the bed bins on wheels are a great thing to have for extra storage!

12. Mattress Topper – Your bed will most likely be your sanctuary so you want to make it as comfortable as possible! A mattress topper will help you make your bed a cozy place to rest!

13. Steamer – Going out, rushing, class presentations and more will require you to look your best so make sure your clothes are not wrinkled by having a steamer for your dorm.

14. Fan – It can get hot in a dorm especially if you are going to school anywhere in the south! A fan that attaches to your bed will help you stay cool!

15. Full Length Mirror – Be sure to get a full length mirror so you can make sure you always look good! 🙂

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May 24, 2022

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What do you need?

marketing

coaching

01.

Your Future Self Will Thank You

02.

Let Go of Your Limiting Beliefs

03.

Post #3 - continue this pattern

04.

Continue This Pattern

Hey y'all! I'm Leslie! A southern girl at heart who loves to travel!  I am a mom to two teen boys and my seniors girl clients are my chance to get some girl time in!  I love taking photos and documenting my clients' stories!  Check out this blog for fun info, sessions and so much more!

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