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Dorm Room Essentials

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Dorm Room at Harvard

Transitioning to college life can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. One of the most exciting aspects is the opportunity to design and personalize your dorm room, transforming it into a comfortable living space that makes you feel more at home during this new and stressful period. To navigate this transition more easily, there are a handful of essential items every college student should consider when packing for school. 

Bedding essentials are crucial to the comfort of your dorm room. A comfortable mattress topper can provide extra cushioning and support, ensuring restful nights after long days of classes and studying. Investing in quality sheets, pillows, and a cozy comforter can significantly enhance a student’s sleeping experience, making your dorm room feel like a home away from home. 

Storage is a vital aspect of dorm room living, as space is often limited.Utilizing under-bed storage bins, over-the door organizers, and stackable crates and containers can maximize space and keep belongings organized and easily accessible. Multi-functional furniture pieces, such as a storage ottoman, are also beneficial to optimizing space and functionality. 

A reliable study area is essential for academic success in college. A sturdy desk and comfortable chair are must-have items for creating a productive work space. Additional lighting, such as a desk lamp, is also important, especially ones with adjustable brightness to reduce eye strain during late-night study sessions. Organizationals tools like a calendar, whiteboard, or bulletin board are useful to help keep track of assignments, deadlines, and important events. 

To maintain cleanliness and hygiene in your dorm room, cleaning supplies are key. Students should be sure to stock up on basick cleaning essentials such as disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, multipurpose cleaner, trash bags, sponges, an air purifier, a vacuum or handheld sweeper, and a trash can. Additionally, personal hygiene items like shower caddies, toiletry organizers, and a laundry basket are essential for keeping the living space tidy and clutter-free. Students should also be sure to pack bathroom supplies such as soap, shampoo and conditioner, a bathrobe, bath towels, and shower flip-flops. 

Technology is an integral part of college life, and having the necessary gadgets and accessories can enhance student productivity. A reliable laptop or tablet is vital for completing assignments and staying connected with classmates and professors. Power strips and extension cords are a must for powering multiple devices, since many dorm rooms have limited electrical outlets. 

Finally, personal touches and decorative elements can make your dorm room feel much more like home. Decorate the walls with posters, photos, and artwork that reflect your personality and interests. Add throw pillows, rugs, and curtains to inject color and warmth into the space, creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Just be sure not to clutter the room with too many items!

Outfitting a college dorm room with essential items is crucial for creating a comfortable, functional, and personalized living space that will make the transition into this new life much smoother. By prioritizing bedding essentials, storage, study area necessities, cleaning supplies, technology, and personal touches, incoming college students can transform their dorm room into a home away from home.

About the Contributor
Kerianne O'Gara, Chief Editor
Hi, my name is Kerianne O'Gara, I'm a senior here at HHS. This is my third year writing for the Clarion and I'm excited to be back! I love to read and write and my other interests include watching horror movies, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and going to the beach. I am also the captain of the tennis team, which I have been a part of for three years. I look forward to adding plenty of articles to the Clarion this year!