Top List of College Dorm Room Essentials



Preparing for your child's departure from the nest onto college life can be an emotional and hectic time. Trying to get everything together that your child will need while away can seem like a big chore to accomplish, but that's where this handy list comes in to help! Here you will find some great ideas for the perfect dorm room essentials, along with a checklist of items to make the job easier! You'll be able to send your son or daughter off with the peace of mind that they have everything they need to succeed.

Storage

I thought it would be a good idea to start off talking about storage, since this will be one of the most, if not THE most important thing to remember when moving into a college dorm. The lack of space for your belongings calls for some creative tactics as far as organization. The good news is with the right key storage pieces, you can maximize your space to it's full potential! 

Bedding

Your son or daughter will want to get a good night's rest as much as possible to stay on top of those grades! Choose a comfortable bed set that offers the most bang for your buck. For that, I recommend the good old bed in a bag! 

Kitchen

Here are some ideas for kitchen necessities! A coffee pot and a mini fridge are two top recommendations. I also like the idea of sending your child with some meal ideas. Whether it's their favorite homemade recipes written down for them to make themselves, or some handy cookbooks, your child will appreciate it!

Bathroom

For the bathroom there is nothing more handy than a shower tote to store your towel, washcloth, and toiletries! Make sure you have enough towels and washcloths to bring with you, along with enough toiletries to give you a good start!


Checklist
  1. Bedside Lamp
  2. Alarm Clock
  3. Storage Items
  4. Waste Basket
  5. Desk Lamp
  6. Dry Erase and/or Cork Board for keeping track of dates and displaying photos
  7. Computer or Laptop and Printer
  8. USB Flash Drive
  9. Surge Protector
  10. Digital Camera
  11. MP3 Player
  12. Bedding and Pillow(s)
  13. Towels and Washcloths
  14. Laundry Bag or Basket
  15. Hangers (Space Saver Hangers Work Wonders To Optimize Space!)
  16. Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets, etc.
  17. First Aid Kit
  18. Toiletries such as Shampoo & Conditioner, Bar Soap, Razors, Deodorant, Toothpaste & Toothbrush, Floss, etc.
  19. Hair Brush and/or Comb
  20. Backpack and/or Messenger Bag
  21. School Supplies including paper, notebooks, folders, stapler, ruler, calculator, binder, report folders, pencils, pens, markers, scissors, note cards, etc.
  22. Dictionary & Thesaurus
  23. Coffee Maker
  24. Small Refrigerator
  25. Posters and/or Wall Decals For Decor


Seven Tips To Help You Get The Sleep You Deserve


When doing what you're supposed to do each night, which is early to bed, early to rise, and not drinking alcohol for starters, you're going to notice that your internal clock consistently wakes you up at the same time. In a perfect world, that sounds great, but no one is perfect and all kinds of other situations arise to deny people sleep. If you fall into that category, as most people do, then here are seven tips to help you get the sleep you deserve. 

Charge Phone In Another Room 
Technology in a room doesn't promote relaxation, and your phone is your worst enemy when trying to go to sleep. Your brain must register that your bed is for sleep, and on the flip side, technology promotes an idea of productivity, causing you to act or at least for your brain to stay active. If you're not willing to charge your phone in another room, at least keep it in silent mode. Texts and other types of notifications can wait until morning. 

Keep It Cool
When two people sleep in a room, one person is typically going to think a certain temperature is too hot, while the other person feels it is too cold. Whoever is too cold can always use a blanket, but whoever thinks it's too hot needs to get to the ideal temperature. People have a harder time cooling off than warming up, and this way, everything works out for both people trying to get a good night's sleep. You can always buy some really comfortable blankets or comforters to further accommodate the person required to use them. 

The Mattress
Certain mattress sets may seem quite expensive, but a good mattress earns its keep. According to certain studies, almost half of the entire population loses sleep to the tune of an average of three hours each week, often caused by tossing about, insomnia, the snoring of a partner and much more. Especially if a partner's restless sleep prevents you from getting the sleep you need, a new mattress or bed could be the answer. You also want a large bed, so that you have stability while you're sleeping, even when your partner is tossing and turning. 

Sideways Sleeping
If your partner wants to cuddle, you can still get the sleep you need. Do so by sleeping on your side, which gives your partner the contact and you the sleep you need each night. Your pillow is also important when it comes to sleep quality, and all these factors combined help reduce stress and mentally productive activity so that you can fall asleep on the first try, and soundly. There are also certain natural supplements that can help with sleep as well. 

If you’re the sort of person that snores then there are all sorts of ways to improve sleep. From eating lighter foods, to getting medical advice to looking at stop snoring mouthpiece reviews and deciding on a device that can help – there’s all sorts of ways to stop. 

The Alarm Clock
A digital clock glows bright and tells you the minutes in an easy fashion. There is a reason why those old school clanging alarm clocks work so great. Not to mention, the alarm on these clocks just isn't as efficient as an old school alarm clock, whether you're talking sound or the simple fact you can hit snooze on a digital clock. You want hands on your clock, not a digital display, which is just another piece of electronics in the room to get your attention, like your phone. If you don't feel like getting a clock with an old-fashioned clanger, then at least turn your digital clock away from your view while you're sleeping. 

No Television
Many people like to fall asleep watching television. This isn't good because of the rule about electronics, but it's more than that. You have to position yourself in a position that is not optimal for sleep in order to watch the television. It's better to turn it off so that you can get in a comfortable position, relax and get a good night's sleep. 

You Snooze You Lose
While you're supposed to have an old-fashioned alarm clock now, people are known to snooze once these are shut off, too. Naturally, you don't have a follow-up alarm, which isn't going to help you out at all. Nevertheless, the idea is that you shouldn't be snoozing because it's not quality sleep that it allows. Get up because if you snooze, you lose, as the saying goes.

Immortalizing Your Child’s Early Years

 


Many parents with young children feel that they never want their little rascals to grow up, no matter how messy, dirty and loud they are. We never want the gorgeous soft skin on their faces or chubby little hands to change. Even some days when we can’t wait for them to be able to entertain themselves just for an hour, or sort their potty training out themselves, we dread the days when they’ll be able to coherently argue back (rather than just cry in protest), head out into the unknown world and suddenly don’t need you anymore. The young years are the ones to cherish and they fly by so fast that many parents want to do as much as they can to preserve this special time (not matter how exhausting it can be!) Whether this be through photos, videos, saving nursery and school drawings or hoarding their baby clothes, we all have our way of keeping these experiences close to our heart.

Although everyone has their own personal ideas of how to immortalize their child’s early years, I have come up with a list of ideas that I think everyone can do!

  1. Create an email address for your child
    In the modern day of technology, it would seem silly not to utilize it. So, create an email address for your child and send over photos, images etc until they get to 18 or 21 then give them the password! They’ll have two decades of memories all in one place! (Also, this won’t get lost or damaged)

  2. Start a list of all their first words and phrases
    Electronically or physically, start a long list of all your child’s first words, phrases and then all the funny things they say as they get older. You can send copies of these lists to grandparents to keep too as well as using it to embarrass them when they get to their teens!

  3. Have a memories box
    Although you will have thousands of lovely memories with your child in the early years, a memory box is a great way to keep the main ones in one place. This can be their milk teeth (that the tooth fairy has given back, obviously), hair form their first haircut, one photo from each of their birthdays, christening messages from relatives, first pair of shoes and anything else personal and important to you.

  4. Quiz them
    Ask them questions every birthday such as “Who’s your best friend?” “What’s your favorite food?” “Who’s your best friend?” “What’s your favorite thing to play?” etc. Write down the answers and give them the answer sheet when they get old enough!

  5. Store all of their drawings and paintings
    Buying a big folder and hole punching them in is a good idea. 

  6. Get molds of their hands and feet
    In some schools and nurseries, they clay mold your child’s foot or hand for you to hang on your wall at home. However, sometimes, these don’t look great and it also means they are static to one place when you may want to keep them closer to you. There’s a fantastic online store I’ve discovered called Hold Upon Heart, who specialist in taking the molds of your child’s hands, feet and fingerprints and turning them into jewelery. Either in leather for Daddies or silver necklaces for Mummies, the company sends you a mold kit then shrinks the mold down to fit onto a piece of jewelery.


So there are just a few of my ideas for ways to easily and effectively immortalize your lovely child’s early years. I hope you try them out & enjoy the results!

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