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Everything You Need For College

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When I finally moved out on my own to go to college, I was more than ready to have my own place. Having my own kitchen and my own apartment really opened up my life. Cooking and cleaning up after myself and being able to entertain more guests was like a dream come true. Decorating my new living space and making it feel like home as well as discovering new ways to make life easier are decisions I still enjoy making to this day. To conquer college stress and make your life easier the following are must haves for your dorm room, apartment, or house.

  1. Dishes

If you are going to eat you’re gonna need dishes. I suggest getting an inexpensive set of new dishes. Having a set that matches makes storage easier and looks neater. If you are planning on entertaining guests having a new set of dishes makes for a more enjoyable experience.

  1. Cookware

You are also going to need cookware. Same as with dishes I suggest purchasing an inexpensive new set.

  1. Spices

Unless you like your food bland and flavorless you are going to need some spices. I suggest buying a spice rack that also comes with spices. You can pick up more as needed.

  1. Crock pot

Buying a crock pot when I moved out was one of the best decision I made. When you get up in the morning you can throw in some meat and vegetables and have dinner waiting for you when you get home. Cooking in a crock pot is a great way to save time.

  1. Microwave

You’ve got to have a microwave. If your place doesn’t have one be sure to go out and get one as soon as possible. When you are a student and living on your own your schedule can get hectic and you won’t always have time to make food on the stove.

  1. Blender

Who can live without fruit smoothies?

  1. Juicer

Juicing fruits and vegetables will help you stay healthy and keep your body loaded with all the nutrients you need to stay sharp and focused.

  1. Cleaning supplies

Life is dirty. Just about everything you do at home creates a mess. In order to stay on top of things get a good multi-surface cleaner, floor cleaner, dish/laundry detergents, and bathroom cleaner. You will be surprised how quick mess piles up and how much it can stress you out.

  1. Extra lighting

With all the studying you are going to be doing you are going to need lots of lighting. Be sure to buy floor lamps and desk lamps. It is really hard to stay focused on your school work when you have to strain your eyes to read. Studying in the dark becomes even harder when you are tired.

  1. Pictures & wall art

To make your house feel like home you are going to have to decorate it a bit. Throw up a few pictures of the people you care about here and there. You can also give your home some personality with wall art.

  1. Fake plants

Fake plants are great decorations. They can make a room look more lively and you never have to water them.

  1. Bedding

I suggest buying new bedding before you move out. Make sure you have at least a couple sets of sheets and pillowcases. Having an extra blanket is a great idea too.

  1. Computer

I don’t even think it’s possible to go to school these days without a computer. Make sure your computer is in good working order before you move out for college. If you are buying a new one, I strongly suggest purchasing a protection plan. Not having a computer can really make your life difficult.

  1. Audio recording device

An audio recording device can really come in handy. Recording lectures and making notes you can play back later really helps when you are studying. Being able to play back your notes and lectures when you are driving, at the gym, or relaxing by the pool is a great way to maximize your time.

  1. Smartphone

If you can’t afford an audio recording device but you have a smartphone don’t worry, there’re about a dozen recording apps you can use. Having a smartphone is just about as important as having a computer.

  1. Schedule

Now that you are on your own you are going to have to get really good at managing your time. Create a schedule and allow time for going to school, studying, work, cleaning, and fun. I like to use Google Calendar because I can access it anywhere. Creating a schedule will help you stay on top of everything in your life. Putting it all into a calendar means you will never miss a thing. Whether its loading/unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, or keeping track of assignments and tests, creating a schedule that you can access easily will significantly reduce your stress.

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What are you most excited about this back to school year?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. 



  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    They are all very helpful hints when starting out on your own.