16 Items to Turn Your Dorm Into Your Home

You’ll want to make sure you have these items with you when you’re moving in to your new digs. You’ve just moved into a postage stamp sized room that looks, well, empty.

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.

5. Lamp

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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.

8. Slippers

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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.

10. Webcam

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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.

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