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Top 10 Dorm Room Essentials - Part 2

With the right items you can transform chaos into calm

By Professional Organizer, Kim Salisbury

Hi again! You had to know this was coming. I couldn’t stop at just 10 dorm essentials. So here is Part 2 of the Top 10 Dorm Room Essentials when heading back to college.

Dreo Tower Fan with Remote

1. Standing Fan

Most dorms don’t have AC, so a fan is a must. The experts all say a standing fan is the way to go, so it won’t take up space on the desk.

TREBLAB Z7 PRO - Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

2. Noice Canceling Headphones

Where were these when I was in college? If there is any way to tune out distractions and buckle down to study, it’s with noise canceling headphones.

Apple MFi Certified iPhone Charger Cable 6Ft

3. Extra Long Phone Charger

If you’re on the top bunk, and the plug is down at the bottom of the wall, you were going to need a long charging cable.

door stopper for dorm room

4. Door Stopper

Those dorm room doors are heavy! You will want to prop the door open without having to stack a bunch of books to keep it from closing. A simple door stopper will do the trick.

5. Lighted Makeup Mirror

Double sided, lights up, and it’s cordless and rechargeable! The less wires in a dorm room, the better.

dorm room desk lamp

6. Desk Lamp 

Gone are the days of a lamp just being a lamp. Why not get a lamp with adjustable color shades, a timer, a USB port that’s also a charger?

7. First Aid Kit

There will be spills and accidents. Kids will always need bandaids. An all in one first aid kit is the way to go.

air purifier

8. Air Purifier

These kids will get sick the first year, no way around it. To help ward off the germs, try  an air purifier for the dorm room. This one comes with great reviews.

dorm shower caddy

9. Shower Caddy

A must have. Some kids prefer the plastic caddy  with the handle. Some kids like the mesh bag you can hang on a hook. I prefer the mesh bag as you can hang it in shower and water runs right through it.  Either way, you have to have one to carry back and forth. Here are links to both options.

tool box for dorm rooms

10. Tool Box

Every kid needs one. Even if they only use it once, they will be glad the have it. Plus it will follow them from dorm to apartment and further.


Here’s a link to Part 1 of this series: 10 Essential Products for a Dorm Room

And here’s a very helpful Checklist to Help You Digitally Declutter

For more reading here’s Tips for Better Basement Organization 
And 10 Shortcuts to Home Organizing