Now you must face the task of shopping for the dorm room. It is a special time for parents and their college bound kids and a wonderful opportunity for more bonding as they’re headed out the door.
Some kids will be excited to shop for their new digs, others will drag their feet, not quite ready to leave the comforts of family and home.
Don’t be surprised if emotions run high during the summer before they leave. It’s all normal and part of the process as they pull away and we let them go.
Especially if your child has an eye on a super-plush foamy bed cushion that might sell out. This is also a good time to stash away a few things you might want to send in a care package a month or two after move-in day, which can cheer up a homesick child or just be a lovely reminder that the family thinks of them.
When our youngest was going off to college, I waited until the last minute to shop. I was in complete denial that my
baby girl 18-year-old daughter was moving across country and we would be empty nesters.
Mini-Me and I had talked about decorating her dorm room for years! (It’s a girl thing. College-Boy made it easy on me, his only request something blue or with stripes.) Though neither of us was ready to make the first move because it would make it too real. However, once our toes crossed the threshold of
the mother-ship Bed, Bath & Beyond we never looked back.
I couldn’t help myself when I saw something cute I thought she’d like, a neon green scissor, a furry purple pillow, in the cart they went. For me the hardest part was buying the bedding. I didn’t want to imagine her sweet head resting on any pillow other than the one at home.
Shop Till You Drop
It’s my second time around and as you would expect, it’s been a little easier. I have learned a few things along the way that I’ll share with you. You’ll want to visit Bed, Bath & Beyond which has a detailed list of what your student will need.
BBB even has a college finder that will provide you with an actual list of items for your particular school. So I hope you’ve been saving up those BBB coupons that come in the mail like I have!
Another great place for linens and towels is The Company Store and, bonus, they will monogram for free, which is fabulous to help avoid mix-ups considering many kids prefer white towels.
Once you’ve scratched linens and towels off your list head on over to The Container Store for colorful, stylish bath and desk accessories, storage units and space saving closet ideas. You can view a sampling of color-coordinated dorm rooms online and there’s even a Gift Registry for the graduate.
Keep in mind most dorm closets are small so you might want to consider buying plastic storage bins or drawers for under the bed to keep extra linens, sweaters, etc. FYI, Pottery Barn Dorm also has cute bedding and accessories that are pretty reasonable too.
Packing Tip: When shipping the drawers, fill them with the items you want stored so all you have to do is unpack and slip them under the bed. Also, I wash the sheets and towels before I pack, so it’s one less thing to do on move in day.
There are also some great books that College Boy’s high school college counselor recommended for us when he was leaving the nest. I was having a hard time letting go. Maybe you are too. (All are on Amazon).
Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only, A Parent’s Guide To The New College Experience by Harlan Cohen
When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s Survival Guide by Carol Barkin
How To Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides)
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen
Do Your Laundry Or You’ll Die Alone: Advice your mom would give you if she thought you were listening by Becky Blades
U Chic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything by Christie Garton
My personal favorite for Parents of Teens:
Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony E. Wolf
Happy reading and shopping. Hope you have an easy and painless move in!
I’d love to hear from you. Do you have any college tips or stories you’d like to share?
This is not a sponsored post, nor was any merchandise received. All opinions are my own.