The New Freshman 15, Part Two

In our second part discussion of the “Freshman 15,” we tackle the bathrrom and the comforting touches you can add to a dorm room to make it feel more homey.

Bathroom

Who’s Your Caddy? Your living situation will help you determine what style of shower caddy you’ll need. For community showers, you’ll need a caddy you can take back-and-forth. Make sure it holds all your necessary shower items. You don’t want to be all wet and realize you forgot the soap.

If you’re sharing a shower with suite mates, then you can use a caddy that stays in the bathroom. Look for one that either hangs from the shower head or suctions to the wall. It should have enough places for you and your roommate to house all your shower items without getting confused whose shampoo is whose.

Creature Comforts

The Best Part of Waking Up. Perk up with a colorful coffee maker* or other caffeine-inducing contraption so you can hit your first class all bright eyed and busy tailed!

Change Your View. No dorm room would be complete without a futon. Find the one that suits your personality and space, and then sit back and relax.

Pulling Double-Duty. Another space-saving solution is a small ottoman with storage. It’s a seat! It’s a tray. It’s a footrest. It’s a… you get the picture. 

Go long… Xtra Long. Since college students come in all shapes and sizes, most schools equip their dorms with Xtra Long mattresses. And we’ve got you covered with mattresses protectors that guard against stains and whatever else the previous occupant may have left behind. 

Pantry Raid. Yes. Bookcases are great for shelving your required readings, but they’re also a fantastic way to arrange your “pantry.” There will be times when you want a quick snack, the cafeteria isn’t open, and you have exactly 25 cents to your name. Stock up on a few basics like cereal, peanut butter, and the requisite Ramen Noodles for when the late-night cravings come calling.

Our final installment… Hi-tech & a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

*Electronics and appliances allowed in dorm rooms vary from school to school. Make sure you check with yours to ensure you are using one that has been approved.

Back-2-School: Eclectic Attitude

Let’s face it. Most of us haven’t been inside a dorm room for… well, let’s just say a number of years. So how can you make sure your daughter doesn’t commit a freshman faux pas before classes even start? Well, we went straight to the source for the latest in dorm decorating: Jessica, a savvy sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Here are some of the must-have items decking out her dorm:

  • Gigantic wall stickers are very trendy—the big dots, the cute words, the glitter stars, etc.
  • Polka dots show up at one point or another in everyone’s room, or wonderfully obnoxious busy patterns in outrageous colors. Basically, you walk into someone’s room and it should visually punch you in the face
  • A cute vintage poster is absolutely necessary—Audrey Hepburn or the iconic 1945 V-Day photograph of a sailor and nurse smooching in Times Square

Jessica also mentioned that a lot of girls in her dorm take the high-end and trendy advertisements from magazines like Vogue and Elle, and make their own collage over the year until they have a wall of high-gloss lace and couture.

Mini fridges and microwaves are still required basics, but it seems like each girl aspires for a little more. As Jessica so aptly put it, “I think room decor develops with credit status, so check back in a few years.”