Ok so I made it through my son's first year (he is now going into his third year!!!!!)of college and I am now revising this...

I keep revising this year after year and I will not delete but I will keep adding and making notes. My son is now going into his third year! (yikes!!) and moving into a house so now we Mama's need to furnish this thing and of course I always keep it budject friendly and as easy as I can make it since his school is over 4hrs away....

 Ok Mamas follow along with me as I try to navigate through this unknown space....

​warning i will be sappy and at times weepy!! But we will all get through this!

I will be posting as I come across things...any advice is greatly appreciated!

​xo Jen

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This one is available in 9 different colors and is under $100

Check with your school before ordering wall hangings, flags etc....in my son's dorm this was not allowed

$2 for a pack of 18 hangers...i've found this to be the best price better than Amazon...I bought 4 packs which my friend said is too many..but i can always return....

I've also found that boys pull their clothes off of the hangers and the plastic hanger works better than the huggable style hanger

This is a hard pass...my son either put his shoes under his bed or the bottom of his closet

Available in 9 colors $40

I am going with a full size memory foam mattress around 10 inches. They come boxed and need 24-48 hrs to fully expand. I will most likely have it delivered directly to his house but worst case i can throw the box in the truck and drive it up to school for move in day.

Please note and read reviews, these foam mattress are better on a platform style bed where air circulates under the bed. There are reviews of mold forming on these bed but I think this is when they are put on a box spring. 

Totally Forgot!!

Moms go on Facebook and join the Parents FB Group for your kids school. There is a plethera of helpful (and sometimes not so helpful) information shared in these groups!!!


This lamp is $6 we are all for some reason compelled to buy a desk lamp that will never be used....

I didn't spend a fortune on a mattress topper...and for my son he was on a brand new mattress which was firm on one side and soft on the other...but he for sure appreciated a mattress topper

For jackets towels whatever this is a must!

The bed frame I will ship directly to his house, this needs to be timed out well, so we can help to assemble it, otherwise it is up to my son and his roomates to figure out...which I'm sure they can.

Note these beds are fairly easy to put together we have a few in our home, but if you are not handy at all I suggest going on your kids school parents Facebook groupd and asking if anyone knows of a local hanyman

Lets talk area rugs....I know I know all of the girls want a shag style rug, but just think about all of the disgusting-ness in a dorm room and those shag rugs don't vacuum very easily. I would say look for a flat easy to clean inexpensive rug that trust me you will chuck year after year!

These Ikea bags are fantastic and a must!!! I bought the open top bags they are super sturdy I used them to move my son in and out!

I LIVE for these Ikea bags! I bought the open top set...aside from using them to move him back and forth he slid this under his bed his freshman year and used as a hamper, we also have a set that we keep in our house and car they are super durable a MUST!!

i've been told to keep the bedding on the darker side...to hide all of the stains from eating and whatever else happens on the bed....I have also been told to go with a full/queen comforter or duvet so it hangs over the side of the bed, hiding whatever is stored under the bed

Note.....I went to TJ Maxx for bedding I bought all Tommy Hilfiger which he used for two years, and will probably use the comforter again this year. TJ Maxx, Homegoods etc...has a great selection of Twin XL bedding and the prices are great.

A friend of mine suggested some kind of safe might be a good idea for the dorm room....

love this basket weeve drawer tower, it's a more elevated look over just a plain plastic drawer set...I also love this one which would be great next to the bed and I am looking at something this one for my son's house

Considering this one for my son's room in his house

Dorm Room Essentials

If you choose not to rent....personally I would rent! Many schools have the fridge microwave combo...do not buy def rent!

My son has one of these units in his room at home. He and I put it together, it takes a minute and you need to follow the instructions but it is weirdly sturdy and holds a lot

​Desk lamp, USB charging port, clock, 3 level dimmer...WOW

Antimicrobial & Drainage Hole Shower Flip Flops these are a must!!!!!

Set of 5

Also available in the 5 piece Collection

-Clear Pore Cleanser

-Instant Matte Toner

-All Over Acne Treatment

-SOS Acne Spot Treatment

-Matte Effect Gel Cream

$105  (this one is obviously the better value).

Ok so as far as house furniture this is what I'm thinking so far......

A shower cady is a MUST!

Great for rooms that lack closet space

Peel & Stick Wallpaper is great for those cement dorm room walls!

This is such a girl thing to have a headboard behind their dorm bed

 Effortless everyday style

These organizers are great! I also love this one and this one

Available in 7 dirt hiding patterns! $60

The safe is a hard pass for me....many people will buythese safes and their kids will never use!.

Available 2 different ways as a Regimen which includes 4 pieces

-Clear Pore Cleanser

-Instant Matte Toner

-All Over Acne Treatment

-Matte Effect Gel Cream  


ok...so if you follow me on Instagram you would have heard me going on and on about these products last night...IMO sending you kid to college with a skincare regimen is essential...here's the thing, aside from you wanting them to duh...wash their face and take care of their skin...what are the chances your kid will be changing their pillowcases on a regular basis...did you know sleeping on a dirty pillowcase causes breakouts...yup 

so send them with a skincare arsenal...this Countercontrol Set is just the thing!

This is the exact fan my son brought to school...no i did not go for a Dyson