They say the key to success begins in the workroom (or in this case, your dorm room). Whether you’re a freshman or entering your senior, there are always more ways to spice up your living space. Aside from your classic back-to-school shopping list, here are ten affordable essentials to make your dorm room feel like home.
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An Organizer for Cozy Closets
Shower Caddy for the Essentials
This item makes those trips to shared bathrooms less miserable. Instead of juggling your shampoo, conditioner and body wash, organize everything you need and take it with you in one go. Those public washrooms won’t be half the hassle if you pair this item with slides and a comfy bathrobe. Portable Toiletry Organizer, Amazon, $19.
A Coffee Machine for Early Classes
As a student, there is no doubt you will have late nights and unavoidable early mornings. Having your own coffee machine in your room saves you an early morning trip to the cafeteria and will also save you a lot of money in the long run. Keruig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Amazon, $98.
A Weighted Blanket For a Good Night’s Rest
Along with quality bedding and mattress toppers, weighted blankets are the key to a good night’s rest, and as a college student juggling a busy workload, you will need them. And for a pop of greenery in your space, pick up one of these plants that will help you get a better night’s sleep. Odonvide Twin-Sized Weighted Blanket IKEA, $75.
A Clothing Rack for Extra Storage
Keeping clothes organized in dorm rooms can be tricky, but a clothing rack make it easier. Not only does it look nice, but this rack is also essential for storing your daily wear items, from your favourite night out jacket to your everyday pair of shoes. UDEAR Garment Rack, Amazon, $35.
A Mini Fridge For All Your Needs
Whether it’s for your skincare or your love for midnight snacks, this mini fridge is a must-have in any dorm room. AstroAI Mini Fridge, Amazon, $56.
Maximize Space With Under-The-Bed Storage
We all know that moving into a new space is a big change, and coming from your parent’s home, it’s no doubt a dorm room will feel small. Getting under-the-bed storage will save you precious closet space, and also hide that “pile of clothes on the floor” mess we all know we have. Amazon Basics Fabric Storage Container (2 Pack), Amazon, $25.
A Diffuser for Rest and Relaxation
It’s no secret that small closed spaces (much like many college dorm rooms) can begin to feel dry and stuffy — especially if you spend a lot of time there.
A diffuser is a perfect way to freshen up your living space, giving you a breath of fresh air (or a whiff of lavender) with every scent you diffuse. Aroma Wander Portable Diffuser, Saje Wellness, $66.
Cute Lights to Set the Mood
Nothing says comfort like ambient lighting, and that doesn’t always feel possible in a dorm room. With these fairy lights you can create the most comforting aroma for late night homework crams — or movie nights. Fulen Fairy Lights, Amazon, $13.
A Wall Tapestry for Every Aesthetic
Making your space feel like home often requires personalization, and the best place to start is with wall art. Tapestries are the perfect solution to this being easy to hang, easy to store and very affordable — plus they come in so many fun patterns and styles. For more dorm-friendly decor items, be sure to check out these trendy statement mirrors. Tattooed Frenchie Wall Hanging, Urban Outfitters, $44.