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What Every Freshman Needs in Her Dormroom

Updated: Jul 16, 2022

Ciao Fashion Dolls! It's been a while. After a month-long break, I'm back and I'm ready to write! I just finished up my freshman year of college, and let me tell you, living in a dorm was an experience. Now that my dorm experience is over, I'm going to share with you all what the absolute necessities are of living in a shoebox. Upcoming freshman: listen up!

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Mattress Topper

The number one, most important, essential for your dorm room is a THICK mattress topper. If you're going from a queen bed at home to a twin bed surrounded by cinderblock walls, you're going to want to be as comfortable as possible. Especially if you're living in a traditional-style dorm as I did, those mattresses may have been there when your grandmothers were in school. When it comes to living in a dorm, your bed really is the only space that you have that's just for yourself. Making it as comfortable as possible is an absolute must. I know girls who even stack two on top of each other for extra comfort. You can get any mattress topper on Amazon for a decent price. You will not regret it!

Cleaning Supplies

Another super important necessity for living anywhere, but especially in a dorm, is CLEANING SUPPLIES. No matter how nicely you decorate your dorm, it gets dirty. Also, sharing a confined space with someone means you'll want to keep it nice and clean for your roommate. The amount of dust that piles up is actually shocking. Paper towels, Lysol, Clorox Wipes, Swiffer Wipes, etc. You need it all. A mini vacuum is also not a bad idea. Save yourself the company of the dust bunnies and get rid of them!

Air Purifier

Along with cleaning supplies, you NEED an air purifier. I lived in a traditional-style, old dorm that I'm 90% certain had mold in the walls. I cannot tell you how much my roommate and I depended on this little machine to save our lives. You will thank me later for the number of sinus infections this will save you. No matter how many Dayquils you take or decadron shots you get, you're going to get sick your freshman year. Remember to change the filters often or it won't work. I promise this is a must-have. That is all.

Plastic Cutlery

You'd actually be surprised at how much plastic silverware you and your roommate will use. Whether you're using it to eat your late-night Fried Rice leftovers, or your neighbor down the hall needs some, this is an absolute must-have. Especially if you're heating up some ramen or kraft mac-and-cheese, you'll forget about needing a fork and then you're stuck. Even if you think you won't use this, get some anyway because I promise there's going to be a night at 2 am when all you want is your leftover pasta, and no one is awake to lend you a fork.

Rolling Hamper

Obviously, you're going to want a nice tall hamper to fit all your clothes when you're procrastinating your laundry routine, but a hamper with wheels is a GAME CHANGER. Living in a dorm, you're not going to want to lug your laundry basket all the way down to the laundry room or carry it all the way to your car just to carry it up to your parent's condo. If you get a rolling hamper, it literally cuts the procrastination in half. you can just roll it to the elevator and drag it to the laundry room or to your car. Easy. I got mine at Target, and my roommate had the very same one! It made laundry a thousand times easier to take down and bring back up.

Shower Shoes

If you know, you know. Athlete's foot is a bitch, and you don't need anything growing between your toes either. Even if you've got your own bathroom, wear some Havaianas people. You and your feet will thank me later. Enough said.

Extension Cords

When your whole life for the next year is going to be in a shoebox, you're gonna need some outlets. You'll need a place to charge your laptop, blow-dry your hair, and keep your air purifier running all at the same time! Extension cords are your best friend on move-in day. Make sure all of your extension cords have surge protectors and stock up on them as fast as you can. If you're not going to use all of them this year, trust me they'll get used at some point during your college career. I promise you, Target will not have any if you try to buy one on move-in day. Go ahead and get as many as possible.


When you live in a dorm, you might not have control of the AC in your room. It's always a good idea to get a fan for you and your roommate. If you're used to sleeping in a room with a ceiling fan, you absolutely want one in your dorm. I got my roommate and I a small black Woo-Zoo fan on Amazon, and that thing saved my life. We both put them on top of our desk hutches and let it blow right onto our beds so that we could stay cool at night. They also oscillate so we could keep our entire room cool if we needed to. And, if you can get a fan with a tiny remote, even better. Trust me, your room will get muggy and humid. Get. A. Fan.

Full-length mirror

Last, but certainly not least, you'll need a full-length mirror. You're going to go out a lot your freshman year and sometimes the key to confidence is a great outfit -- especially when you're making first impressions. I can't tell you how many times a day I looked in that mirror, whether I had just self-tanned, or was trying on a new dress, this mirror came in handy. All you need is a lightweight mirror to hang on the back of your door and you're all set. I don't know how I would've survived without this during my freshman year.

Those are all the essentials any Freshman will need in her dorm. If you like this post please subscribe to my website and give it a like and follow @feminine.punk on Instagram.

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