Back to school shopping doesn't end when you graduate high school. 🎉 And while shopping for twin extra long sheets or fluffy towels and shower caddies isn't the stuff you'd write home about, decorating your new dorm room can be exciting.
Start with the essentials. Real Simple has a great list of the basic items you'll need if you're moving into a dorm for the first time.
But if this isn't your first time moving into a dorm room, you likely have your essentials.
In keeping with the Kate and Moose colorful and minimalist style, I've curated some finds from Etsy to inspire your dorm room decorating.
Class is in session! From time to time, you'll need to carry a book or two to class and there's no more durable fabric than marine canvas. This canvas backpack is made with a tightly woven marine canvas and is treated with a water/stain resistant coating. Which is great when you accidentally knock over your coffee and it spills all over the floor where your bag is sitting.
Featuring a large divider pocket, you can fit up to a 15 inch laptop securely inside. Made to last, this backpack could carry your load through all of your school years which is great for reducing the amount of money a typical student can spend on back packs throughout their schooling years.
I know labelling isn't the cool thing anymore, but this acrylic keychain by JillMakes can be personalized with your name! Attach it to your new Stanfield canvas backpack and no one will mistake it as theirs.
Another great use, if you have shared kitchen cabinets in your dorm suite, attach it to your cabinet door handle so that all suite mates and guests know where to grab your popcorn.
Everybody can use a little good luck. This colorful horseshoe is wrapped in colorful yarn. Hang it on the wall above your dorm room door and smile every time you come and go. Better hang it on the inside though because the horseshoe is so colorful and happy, it's bound to go missing if left in the hallway.
Okay, hear me out. Meal plans are everything. But snacks on campus are super expensive. Buying those late night munchies from the campus convenience store or hitting the snack machines will cost you a pretty penny. Be smart and go to a grocery store to buy snacks.
Then bring as much as you want with you to class or a study session in this great reusable lunch bag. I promise, if no one steals it before you graduate, this bag will be the best thing you bring with you to your first job.
You can never have too many pencils or pens. Especially if they are as colorful as this pencil set by Feminist Pencils. With inspirational sayings embossed along the pencil sides, these pencils will make note taking much more enjoyable. They can't make the class easier or more fun, but at least you can smile while taking notes as fast as you can write.
My name is Kate and I have a notebook shopping addiction. There, I admitted it. The notebooks I love the most? The pretty colored ones that I can personalize with whatever I want on the front.
I'll take one in purple to fill with all of my brilliant thoughts while I commute, one in orange to make lists of all the places I want to visit, and one in teal to keep on my nightstand to write all of the crap running around my head before I fall asleep.
Long nights writing papers doesn't end when you graduate. Papers become other written items and the one thing you'll need for as much time you'll spend working on a computer in your lifetime is a great stand for your computer monitor.
Leave me a comment with your one dorm room essential you can't (or couldn't) live without.