By now you’ve probably bought most, if not all, of the items you think your child (young adult) will need for his/her dorm room. I, on the other hand, have purchased almost nothing. (That’s going to change as soon as I finish this post. Promise!) Yes, I’m completely in denial that my baby girl (I know she’s 18!) is going off to college next month. Lalalalala. Denial.
We have the plane tickets for move-in day, but as we get closer, less and less is being said by everyone. That would make it too real. But, I am starting to get excited about the shopping part. Mini-Me and I have been talking about decorating her dorm room for years! (It’s a girl thing.) Lately, I can’t help myself when I see something cute that I think she’d like, a neon green scissor, a furry purple pillow, I have to buy it. I just can’t bring myself to do the bedding. Hard 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 I thought it would be easier. It’s not. However, I have learned a few things along the way that I’ll share with you. If you’re in denial like me, or just really busy and haven’t purchased anything either, you’ll want to visit Bed, Bath & Beyond which has a detailed list of what your student will need. They even have 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!
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 (me) when he was leaving the nest. I was having a hard time letting go. Maybe you are too. You might want to check them out too (all are on Amazon).
Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
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
U Chic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything by Christie Garton
And 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?
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