Here are 16 accessories to make your college dorm room feel more like home.
1. First Aid Kit
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Pack a small shoebox with bandaids, neosporin, tweezers, and a cold pack for those minor traffic accidents in the dormitory hallway.
2. Bed Risers
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Your dorm comes with a bed, but bed risers will give you more storage space to stow stuff out of sight.
3. Hanging Organizer for the Closet
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Unclutter that small closet space with a hanging organizer. Your roommate will thank you.
4. Comfy Study Chair
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A comfortable chair is a must-have when that paper is due at 8 AM, and all you have is a dorm-issued wooden chair.
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Put a lamp in your room with a soft light so at night you can still do stuff without interrupting anyone else.
6. White Board
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Whether it’s inspirational quotes or reminders, a dry erase board on the wall is a useful way to stay organized and leave notes for yourself or for your roommates.
7. Wall Art
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Make your wall your own. Be sure to check with your school’s guidelines on how to properly affix stuff to the wall.
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Put ‘em under your bed so you can have something to slip into at night.
9. Shoe Rack
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Shoes bring in a lot of dirt, so organize your footwear with a shoe rack.
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Stay connected to friends back home with a webcam. They’ll want to check out your new digs.
11. Coin Jar
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It can be a mason jar or an old bucket — but keep a place for your spare change when you have to do laundry at 1 A.M.
12. Door Mat
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Nothing says home quite like a welcome mat.
13. Area Rug
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Get an area rug for your room that personalizes the space. It’s a lot better than a cold floor.
14. Noise Canceling Headphones
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No better way to unplug from the world than listening to your favorite tunes. Also, your music stays with you. Not broadcast to the entire building.
15. Surge Protector
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It won’t make your room feel like home, but it’ll protect your digital data and tech.
16. Favorite Thing From Home
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This is not something you can buy, but a memento like a stuffed animal, or a favorite blanket for those times you might have a hankering for home.