Friday Favorites–Dorm Living II

We’re down to one week.  One week until my oldest child bails out of the nest.  She’s raring to go, to the point I’m surprised she hasn’t started loading up her car.  Which I might hide somewhere.

Once all the necessities are out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about decorating that dorm room.  This braided paper wall hanging from Scrapbooks, Etc. would be perfect.  It’s lightweight and could be changed easily.


This Scrabble Tile Wall Art from Décor Chick would also work well, made from balsa wood and hung with that sticky, non-wall-damaging stuff that most dorms allow.


I’m guessing photos are a common décor element for college kids, so these DIY Cardboard Hipster Frames from Photojojo would fit right in.


One very common suggestion is to clip photos to a string and hang across a wall.  These Decorated and Dyed Clothespins from Madigan Made would brighten up that idea.


Every dorm has a desk and a thirsty student, so these Quilted Coasters from Martha Stewart are both pretty and practical.


Take a little childhood with you into the adult world with this Paper Airplane Throw Pillow from Craftbits.


College students will eventually find themselves all in the same room.  Once all the seating options have been exhausted (being a bed and a chair that won’t take long) this floor pouf from Retropolitan would come in handy.


The style of this No-Sew Fleece Robe from Jo-Ann might not say “undergrad”, but it requires zero sewing and could actually be made IN their dorm room.  Picture it in school colors.


Kids gotta eat, and with little resources that becomes tricky.  College Cooking by Megan and Jill Carle would help expand their options and carry them into basic cooking in their first apartment.


This Peanut Butter Mug Cake from My Happy Place requires a few things most college kids wouldn’t have on hand, but if it were me, I’d make sure to keep them around just for this.

PicMonkey Collage

As if waiting to ship her off wasn’t bad enough, my daughter also turns 19 this week.  This ride is going WAY too fast!

Friday Favorites–Dorm Living I

We’re into the final stretch.  My daughter has everything she thinks she’s going to need, and we’ll be moving her into her new dorm room on September 16th.  It’s both exciting and scary.  Oh, yeah, for her too.

Fortunately, we received some advice about those “what to bring” lists you see everywhere.  You don’t need everything on them.  In fact, if you were to bring all of it, you’d need a U-Haul and an extra room just for storage.  I did find a few things she might be willing to part with some space for.

This Multi Tasking Desktop Organizer from Lovely Undergrad would require a little work at home, but would be a cute and practical addition to the back of a table or desk.


If you’re aiming for something a bit smaller, try this Desk Magazine Holder from eHow.


A first aid kit is a must, but the ones you can buy are heavy on the bandages and light on everything else.  Why not make your own?  Check out this Dorm-Friendly First Aid Kit from Kill Jill Goes to College.


Storage is always an issue in those tiny rooms, and so is seating.  This bench from Grade 2 Happenings would help with both problems.


Maybe four is a bit too large?  Try this single crate stool from Fantastic in First.

seat crate

I’m sure my daughter will never bring home a bag of laundry.  She will make timely and frequent use of the lovely laundry facilities located mere steps from her door.  Yeah.  On the remote chance she’ll haul it home, she might need something to carry it in, this DIY Dorm Laundry Bag would be handy.


Since young women and flip flops go together like winter and super-cold toes, I could see where this clever method of storing them from EPBOT would be helpful at school.


I doubt most dorms have end tables by the bed, but what kid that age lets their electronics out of their sight?  Solution:  Bed Caddy from Sew4Home.


This photo from spoindexter on Rate My Space is a bit blurry, but I wanted to share it anyway because there’s one element to the way they arranged the room that I think is brilliant.  See how the armoire is at the end of the bed and facing the wall?  Open the door and you have a small, semi-private changing area! 


Let’s face it…college requires a LOT of sitting around doing homework.  Since my daughter isn’t a sit at a desk kind of girl, I could see her using this DIY Lap Desk from Gilbert Street Stitches.


Join me again next Friday for Dorm Living II!