The Ultimate College Packing List Every Incoming Freshmen Needs

If you're moving into dorm rooms, this college packing list will make your life so much easier. 

College Packing List

When I went off to college, I used the college packing list my school provided and seriously forgot so many things. 

After many frustrating trips to Target, I decided to make the ultimate college packing list for my readers so they didn't have to go through the same stress I did. 

This checklist has literally everything you will ever need when you're moving into the college dorms. 

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I've been in your position and making sure I didn't forget anything when I was moving into college dorm rooms was really important. These are the top dorm room essentials you can't forget about. 

Bedding:

  • Mattress Topper 
  • Mattress Protector 
  • Sheets 
  • Pillowcases 
  • Comforter 
  • Accent Pillows
  • Blanket 
  • Clip-On Fan

Bathroom Supplies: 

  • 2 Body Towels 
  • Towel Wrap 
  • Shower Caddy 
  • Makeup Organizer
  • Makeup Mirror 
  • Hair Wrap 
  • Basket for Hair Products 
  • 2 Hand Towels 
  • Hair Dryer 
  • Straightener 
  • Curling Iron 
  • Shampoo & Conditioner 
  • Face Wash
  • Makeup Remover 
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor 
  • Loofah 
  • Lotion 
  • Hairspray 
  • Cotton Balls 
  • Nail Polish Remover 
  • Nail Polish 
  • Makeup 
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Perfume 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Retainer
  • Tweezers 
  • Deodorant 
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen 
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Allergy Medicine 
  • Tums 
  • Cold & Flu Medicine 
  • Tampons & Pads 

Electronics: 

  • Laptop & Charger 
  • Extension Cord 
  • Surge Protector 
  • Calculator & Charger 
  • Sound Machine 
  • 10ft Charger 
  • USB Drive

Clothing: 

  • Bras / Sports Bras 
  • Tank Tops 
  • Shirts 
  • Sweaters 
  • Sweatshirts 
  • Jean Jacket
  • Cardigans 
  • Jeans 
  • Leggings 
  • Joggers 
  • Socks 
  • Dresses 
  • Tennis Shoes 
  • Sandals 
  • Boots 
  • Rain Boots
  • Rain Jacket
  • Scarves 
  • Light Jackets 
  • Winter Jackets 
  • Jewelry 
  • Hats 
  • Swimsuit 
  • Pajamas

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Cleaning Supplies: 

  • Laundry Detergent 
  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser 
  • Laundry Bags 
  • Dryer Sheets 
  • Trash Bags 
  • All-Purpose Cleaner 
  • Paper Towels 
  • Small Vacuum 
  • Disinfectant Spray 
  • Dawn Soap 

Kitchen: 

  • Food Storage 
  • Keurig 
  • Paper Plates  
  • Mugs 
  • Ziploc Bags 
  • Plastic Silverware 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Snacks 

Decor: 

  • Bulletin Board 
  • Photos 
  • Command Hooks 
  • Rug 

School Supplies: 

  • Backpack 
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters 
  • Pens 
  • Binders 
  • Notebook 
  • Tape 
  • Binder Dividers 
  • Stapler
  • Hole Punch 
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler 
  • Planner 
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35 Best TV Shows for Teens to Binge Watch When You’re Bored

This post is all about TV shows for teens.

TV shows for teens

I'm always looking for a good TV show to binge watch and feel like I've watched all the good shows already. I'm sure you've felt like that too. 

Here's a giant list of all of the best TV shows for teens to binge watch from a variety of streaming services. Dramas, comedies and classics, there's definitely something for you! 

This post is all about TV shows for teens.

Best Dramas for Teens:

1. Euphoria (HBO)

2. Riverdale (Netflix)

3. One Tree Hill (Hulu)

4. Friday Night Lights (Amazon Video)

5. The Good Doctor (Hulu)

6. Stranger Things (Netflix)

7. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

8. The Fosters (Netflix)

9. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

10. Vampire Diaries (Netflix)

11. Suits (Netflix)

12. Dexter (Netflix)

13. Black Mirror (Netflix)

14. Scandal (Netflix)

15. You (Netflix)

Best Comedies for Teens:

1. Jane the Virgin (Netflix)

2. Modern Family (Hulu)

3. Younger (Hulu)

4. Awkward. (Awkward)

5. Shameless (Netflix)

6. Glee (Netflix)

7. New Girl (Netflix)

8. The Good Place (Netflix)

9. Black-ish (Hulu)

10. Schitt's Creek (Netflix)

Best Classics for Teens:

1. Gossip Girl (Netflix)

2. 90210 (Amazon Prime)

3. Friends 

4. The Office (Netflix)

5. Grey's Anatomy (Netflix)

6. Game of Thrones (HBO)

7. Gilmore Girls (Netflix)

8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Hulu)

9. Parks and Recreation (Netflix)

10. Breaking Bad (Netflix)

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13 College Dorm Decor Ideas You Need to Copy Freshmen Year

Are you looking for college dorm decor ideas that will help take your dorm room to the next level? These are the best dorm ideas for 2020 and are guaranteed to have your dorm looking Pinterest perfect.

College Dorm Decor

Moving into the dorms is a big transition so it's important to make your dorm as comfortable and as "you" as possible.

There are so many different decor options - from simple and neutral, to pink and girly. Gather inspiration and create a dorm you'll feel most at home in! 

Here are some of my favorite college dorm decor ideas that I hope give you some inspiration for your future dorm room. 

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Best College Dorm Decor:

1. Create a picture area above your dorm desk.

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I love picture boards and decorations because it's so cute but also lets you put pictures up of family and friends from back home. 

There's so many ways to incorporate pictures in your dorm but I especially love this one! 

2. Use a rustic theme for a cozy feeling dorm room.

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A rustic theme is always a great option when it comes to dorm room decor. 

White, grey, and beige with wood accents gives a room that rustic look we are all obsessed with!

3. Come up with set colors for you and your roommate.

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Sticking to one color scheme is a great way to make your dorm seem put together and cohesive. Whether it's blue, pink, or even white, this is a great option to make your dorm look amazing. 

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4. Add a Fancy Side Table 

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Adding things like a fancier side table or headboard really elevate the room and make it look 10x better! Finding small details like that make all the difference in a college dorm. 

5. Add a Futon + Living Area

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If you have room in your dorm, having a futon and living space makes it really feel like home. It's a great space to have when friends come over or visit for the weekend. And perfect for movie nights!

I love this one especially because the white futon is super classy and the use of the ottomans is a great replacement for a table if you don't have a lot of room. 

6. Use a Table Cloth to Cover Your Desk

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Most of the furniture they provide in the dorms is not the cutest. One way to get around this is by using a table cloth over your desk. You could even use a colored or patterned one to go with the vibe or your dorm room.  

7. Get Matching Decor

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Getting matching decor is another great way to pull a dorm room together. It makes it look like you put in a lot of effort with decorating even if you didn't! 

8. Flower Wall Decor

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This is such a cute wall decor idea for all those girly girls out there! There are a ton of different flower wall decor options around so it's definitely an easy idea to incorporate. 

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9. All White with Hints of Pink 

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I love this college dorm decor idea. White is so simple and an easy color scheme to do and then just add accents of pink.

Throw blankets and accent pillows are a great way to add an accent color but you can incorporate it throughout the room! 

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10. Long Bedskirt to Cover Storage

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If you plan to bring a lot of things to college like I did, you're likely going to have to loft your bed to use the space under for more storage.

If that's the case, get a long bed skirt to cover up the storage and make your space look 10x neater. 

11. Dark Neutral Tones

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This is another theme you could use that's more unique! I've never seen a dorm with darker tones like this one but I'm digging it. 

12. Add a Headboard

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Headboards are pretty much in any trendy dorm room these days. They make your dorm look so chic and a lot less like a dorm room! 

13. Incorporate Your Initials

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Initials are a great decor option in any room. I love this rustic version but there are so many options out there! It's a great way to add a personal touch to your side of the dorm. 

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78 Best Things to Do When Bored At Home

This post is all about things to do when bored.

things to do when bored

Whether you're bored on break or stuck in your house, here is the ultimate list of things to keep you entertained when you're bored. 

I know how sometimes life is boring. Like, I've been so bored where I have a headache from it. It's those times where I beg for something to do haha. 

From TV shows and movies to things to bake, I've got you covered. Seriously this list could keep you entertained for weeks. Enjoy!

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15 Binge-Worthy TV Shows To Watch When Bored:

As a college student, I have watched my fair share of TV shows whether it be on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and basically everything else. I've seen good shows and I've seen bad shows.

These are the best of the best. The ones I love and my friends also love. These will keep you entertained for a long time!! 

1. Scandal
2. Suits 
3. One Tree Hill
4. Gossip Girl 
5. Breaking Bad 
6. Game of Thrones 
7. Cheer
8. Love is Blind 
9. You
10. Riverdale 
11. Stranger Things 
12. Friday Night Lights 
13. Sex and the City 
14. 90210
15. Ozark
 

25 Best Feel-Good Movies To Watch When Bored:

Along with TV shows, I have a good ole' list of feel-good movies. Like, the movies you just don't want to end. Whether you're watching these alone or with a girlfriend, these are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

1. The Devil Wears Prada
2. Bridesmaids 
3. After 
4. Crazy Rich Asians 
5. Green Book 
6. Silver Linings Playbook 
7. She's The Man 
8. Booksmart 
9. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 
10. Love, Simon 
11. Legally Blonde
12. Mean Girls
13. The Big Sick 
14. Five Feet Apart 
15. Love & Other Drugs 
16. Dear John 
17. The Parent Trap 
18. Father of the Bride 
19. Friends With Benefits 
20. Life as We Know It 
21. Juno 
22. Clueless
23. No Strings Attached 
24. Safe Haven 
25. Train Wreck

10 Productive Things to Do When Bored:

Nothing feels as good as organizing or cleaning. Well, maybe not during the process but definitely after. Just last week, I tackled my closet and the feeling of going into it is SO nice. Plus, it helped me forget so many of the clothes before. 

Getting some productive things done is one of the perfect things to do when bored. 

1. Clean out your closet - go through clothes and make a goodwill pile to donate
2. Color coordinate your clothes - check out my Instagram stories to see how I did this!
3. Wash your sheets 
4. Clean out and organize your refrigerator and freezer 
5. Organize and clean out your junk drawer
6. Clean out your backpack 
7. Clean out your makeup and clean makeup brushes 
8. Unsubscribe from junk emails 
9. Delete old texts - 
seriously this clears out so much storage 
10. Clean out your pantry

3 Killer At-Home Workouts:

1. Cardio

Cardio is hard at home especially if you don't have access to a treadmill or elliptical. This is such a good cardio routine to get your heart rate up and get moving.

2. Booty 

Who doesn't love a good booty workout? This is perfect for at home since it doesn't require any equipment! 

3. Abs

Might as well turn being bored into a six pack am I right?

5 Can't-Put-Down Books to Read:

1. When Life Gives You Lululemon

If you love Bravo TV shows, you will love this book! Sooo good and a light read. 

2. The After Series

My friends and I are all obsessed with this series. Highly recommend! 

3. Crazy Rich Asians

Loved this book. The movie is also super good so you could read the book then watch the movie for even more entertainment!

4. Little Fires Everywhere 

They just adapted this into a show on Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington but the book is always better πŸ˜‰ I'm watching this right now!

5. literally any book by Colleen Hoover

Always pick one of these up when I'm thinking of things to do when bored at home. 

5 Insanely Good Things to Bake:

1. Oreo Balls 

These are seriously so good and sooo easy to make! 

2. Caramel Fudge Brownies

My mouth is watering just looking at these. Definitely making these this week... 

3. Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

For all those that prefer fruity over chocolatey, these are for you. How amazing does this look?!

4. Lemon Blueberry Muffins

A little less desserty but YUM. 

5. Peanut Butter Pie 

This is for the all peanut butter lovers out there.

 5 Random Things to Do When Bored:

1. 1000 piece puzzle 

2. Tik Tok Challenges 

3. Cook dinner for the family 

4. Make cards for the elderly 

5. Start a blog!

I have so many people ask me how I started my blog. It is the perfect thing to do when you're bored and is guaranteed to take up A LOT of your time. I have the exact steps I used to start my blog here.

 10 Self-Care Things to Do When Bored:

1. Take a nap

2. Paint your nails

3. DIY a face mask

4. Take a bubble bath

5. Journal

6. Meditate

7. Watch a sunrise

8. Write a letter to a friend

9. Make a mood board

10. Doodle or draw 

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32 College Girl Gifts She is Guaranteed to Love

This post is all about college girl gifts.

College Girl Gifts

Shopping for a college girl can sometimes be tough. You never know what they really want or what they will actually use in this stage they are in.

As a college student, and a broke one at that, I can tell you that any gift is appreciated, especially if it's something we wouldn't normally splurge on ourselves. 

Here are a ton of ideas that any college girl would love to receive as a gift. Whether it's graduation, birthday, or a holiday gift, these are all perfect! 

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Best College Girl Gifts:

1. FabFitFun Subscription 

​Gift a FabFitFun subscription, from $49.

Subscription boxes are always an amazing gift idea because it's like getting a gift in the mail every single month! 

FabFitFun boxes are especially great because you get such a wide variety of things. I love trying out new products, but don't exactly have the budget for it, probably like most college girls. That's why a subscription box is such a great gift idea. 

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2. AirPods Pro

Feels like pretty much everyone has AirPods these days... and it's for good reason. 

Seriously I use my AirPods literally everyday. Because there's no cord, I can walk, run, do laundry, cook or basically any task and be listening to music or a podcast. It feels like nothing is in your ears!

Highly recommend AirPods for anyone in your life but especially a college girl. 

If the Pros are a little out of your price range, the first version is just as good and less expensive! 

3. Reusable Straws 

If your college girl drinks a lot of iced coffee or is trying to be more environmentally friendly, this is a great gift for her. 

A ton of places are starting to use paper straws, which is great, but they honestly suck lol. Bringing your own metal straw is a much better option and you're being nice to the planet! 

This is a great college girl gift that is also inexpensive. 

4. A Nice Watch 

I recommend every college girl to have a nice watch because it really elevates any outfit. These are great too for interviews or presentation where you need to look more put together. Adding a nice watch to an outfit instantly does that! 

5. Luggage

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Once a girl gets to college, they'll be traveling a lot more. Whether it's going home for the holidays, post-graduation traveling, or quick weekend trips, they will definitely need a solid carry-on. 

I love this one specifically because first it's soo cute and it also hard cased and has really nice inside compartments. 

6. Cute Passport Holder 

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Once you hit college, you'll be traveling a lot more often. And if you're lucky it'll be internationally! 

If your college girl loves to travel, a fun and creative gift for her is a cute passport holder. I love this Beis one but Etsy has so many cute ones that you can customize that will definitely help her travel in style. 

7. Iced Coffee Maker 

If your girl loves her iced coffee but is trying to budget (iced coffee is not nice on the wallet), this is a perfect gift! 

This iced coffee maker makes perfect iced coffee at home. Add a little bit of Trader Joe's creamer (the best) and you've got yourself a iced coffee straight from Starbucks. 

8. Hydro Flask 

I recommend this water bottle to literally everyone I know. It is life-changing. 

It keeps water cold for hours. I'll fill it with ice in the morning and the ice is still frozen the next morning! Crazy. 

This is a great gift for any college girl that loves to work out or needs to stay hydrated.

9. Ticketmaster Gift Card

​Gift a Ticketmaster gift card.

While I love getting new things, some of the best presents to me are experiences. A gift card to Ticketmaster is a way to gift someone an experience of their choice. 

They could get tickets to a concert, sporting event or a show of their choosing. I love this idea especially if you don't know exactly what they want or when they're available. 

10. BestSelf Co. Undated Planner

This planner is really cool. It's undated so you can use it at any time and it's perfect for any goal-oriented girl. 

It has daily goal trackers, affirmation acknowledgements, and templates to create your own productivity planner. 

Also, Daymond from Shark Tank uses this so it has to be good πŸ˜‰ 

11. Airfryer 

I just got an air fryer for Christmas and I'm obsessed with it. It makes cooking things so much easier, faster and better. 

I love putting sweet potatoes, veggies, chicken, cauliflower gnocchi, etc. and it makes it so crispy and yummy. Such a good appliance for someone who loves to eat good food but gets lazy and wants it done in a timely matter. 

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12. Cozy Blanket 

I mean what college girl doesn't like cozy blankets... 

This one specifically from Barefoot Dreams is definitely a pricier blanket but they are seriously the best they'll ever have. And it will last them a lifetime. 

13. Ugg Slippers

I recommend these Ugg slippers to everyone girl I know. 

They best feeling is coming home from a long day of work or class and slipping on a pair of sweats and these slippers. They are such a game changer. Comfort level immediately 10x higher. 

14. Airline Gift Cards 

Whether your girl is still in school or is graduating, money towards flights is always a great college girl gift. Traveling is definitely something people love to do when their young and not tied down so that's why this is a perfect gift idea. 

I also love this idea because you're gifting an experience rather than a material item. This is always a great change of pace when it comes to gifts. 

15. Ninja Blender 

If your girl loves to eat clean or drink smoothies, this Ninja blender is right up her alley. This one specifically is amazing. It seriously blends up anything in the matter of seconds. Highly recommend! 

16. iPad + Apple Pen

iPad are such a great gift for any college girl, especially if they love to take written notes but like to keep them all in one place. 

It's also a great gift for post-graduation because you can do so much on it - from shopping, watching tv, browsing the internet, and more. 

17. ClassPass Gift Card 

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​Gift ClassPass credits, from $50.

ClassPass always people to use credits towards a variety of workout classes in their area - from HITT, to boxing, it has so many options! 

This is a great gift idea for anyone that loves to workout but doesn't like to do the same thing every day. It also is perfect for someone that is moving to a new place and wants to try a few places before committing to it. 

18. Apple Watch

It seems like everyone has an Apple Watch these days but it's for good reason. It's basically like your personal assistant but on your wrist. 

I love the Apple Watch too for working out and tracking your fitness goals. It really does everything! 

19. Gold Jewelry

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You really can't go wrong with gifting jewelry to any college girl. And gold is even better. 

High quality jewelry, like the pieces from Mejuri, last forever and will never tarnish. Quality pieces are definitely on the pricier side but they will last a lifetime which makes them such a great gift. 

20. Amazon Echo 

The Echo Dot, which also comes with Alexa, is so much more than a speaker. It tells you the weather, turns on and off your lights, and can play your favorite song on command. 

This is such a fun college girl gift for anyone moving in to a new place! 

21. Charcuterie Board 

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If your girl loves to entertain and have friends over, this is a perfect gift. 

Charcuterie boards are so fun to arrange and are perfect for appetizers and drinks with friends. And this one is sooo cute which makes it even better. 

22. Cookbooks 

Recipe books are so great to have when you don't know what to make. They're an awesome college girl gift if you are on a budget but still want to gift something they will actually use! 

23. Good Quality Jeans

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Having a few pairs of good quality jeans is essential for any woman's closet because they truly will last them for years to come. However, quality comes at a price. 

College girls usually can't afford most of the price tags on jeans like these, so that's where you come in. Good fitting, high quality jeans are definitely game changers so she'll be thanking you for this one. 

24. Workout Gear

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If your girl loves to workout and stay active, workout gear is always a great option for a college girl gift.

Lululemon is definitely one of the most loved workout gear brands and there's so many reasons why. It lasts so long, is so comfortable and is so cute! You never can have enough workout clothes so this is a fools-proof gift. 

25. Business Card Holder

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Once you hit college, sh*t gets real. Networking, internships, applying for jobs, and so on definitely comes during this time in their lives. 

Having a business card always on you is essential because you never know who you might meet and when! Having them in a cute business card holder makes it look that much more professional. 

26. Pajama Set

Is it just me or does a matching PJ set just seem so adult? 

I love this one from Revolve because it's seriously so cute but also so soft and comfy. Such an easy gift that will definitely be put to use! 

27. Cosmetics Travel Bag

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During the college years and post-grad, girls tend to be traveling way more often than before. Having good quality travel luggage and bags is an essential for any trip. 

I love this Beis cosmetic bag because it comes with a mirror and an insert to keep things extra organized. And the light pink color is definitely an aesthetic. 

28. Coffee Tumbler 

For all those coffee lovers out there, a coffee tumbler is crucial to keep your hot coffee hot for hours on end. 

This is perfect for on the go and saves so many wasteful cups! 

29. Cute Candles 

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What girl doesn't love a cute candle? 

Candles are so nice to add a nice touch to any room and to keep it smelling nice and fresh. 

30. Skincare Set

Skincare is such a fun trend right now and there are sooo many brands and products to explore. Gifting a skincare gift set (they have so many great ones at Sephora!) is a great gift for any girl that is skincare obsessed. 

Having a sample set allows them to explore new products without breaking the bank on full size that you don't know if they'll love or not. 

31. RayBans

A good quality pair of sunglasses is essential to any girl's wardrobe. 

It's important to have one that is not too trendy and that will last them a long time. That's why I love RayBans. They have really classic styles and shapes and the quality is great so they will last any girl a very long time. 

32. Gift Certificate for a Massage 

Adulting is stressful. 

Gift a relaxing massage for your college girl. I guarantee she will love it. 

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32 Dorm Hacks You Need to Know as a College Freshman

This post is all about dorm hacks.

Dorm Hacks

If you're anything like me, you are all about making life as easy as possible. Living in the dorms is sometimes hard, especially in the beginning. 

Throughout my freshmen year, I've found so many different hacks that make dorm life ten times easier. From storage ideas, to ways to make friends on your floor, these hacks are everything you need to know to have the best freshmen year. 

This post is all about the best dorm hacks.

Best Dorm Hacks:

1. Get a Door Stopper!

Living in the dorms is honestly the best way to meet people when you get to college. The first few weeks it's kind of awkward to just go to people's rooms and say hi. But it makes it even worse when you have to knock. 

Having a door stopper is such a game changer. It makes you seem so much more inviting and people will be more likely to come and say hi if your door is open than if it was closed. Trust me, get one of these and I promise you'll have people coming to your room all the time! 

2. Blackout Curtains (life-changing) 

This dorm hack is seriously life changing. The blinds in the dorms are horrible and block out no light. If you're a light sleeper, I highly recommend getting black out curtains. 

I got these ones from Amazon and I still use them 3 years later. They work sooo well my room is pitch black in the morning! 

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3. Use These Hangers to Fit More Clothes 

It's so sad how little space you have in the dorms... especially for girls that love clothes. I struggled so hard to fit all of my things in my closet but this trick helped me fit so many more items! 

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4. Get a Laundry Bag with Straps or Wheels

When you're living in dorms you have to drag your laundry bag a while to get to the laundry room. The worst thing is when there's no easy way to carry it and it's just even more of a struggle than it needs to be. 

Laundry bags with either wheels or straps make it 10x easier to get all your dirty clothes to the laundry room. Such a small dorm hack that makes such a big difference. 

5. User Dryer Sheets to Freshen Up Your Room

Dorm hacks like these make life so much easier because this one uses things you already have! Using a dryer sheet and putting it on a fan or air vent makes your room immediately smell so much better. 

6. Have a Bedside Caddy / Shelf 

This is soo helpful for night time when you have all your stuff in your bed but don't want to get out of bed to put it away... you feel? 

Having a shelf or caddy to put your stuff before you go to bed is so helpful especially if your bed is lofted! 

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7. Scrambled Eggs in the Microwave

This dorm hack is genius. 

I love making eggs in the morning for a healthy breakfast and this makes it so much easier! You can make it in seconds and don't have to go to the dining hall before class. This seriously makes your morning routine 10x faster. 

8. Keep Binder Clips to Keep Chargers in Reach 

In such a small dorm room, you have to use the same outlet for pretty much everything. There are cords everywhere and it gets really annoying when you have to dig through them on the ground to find the one you need. 

This dorm hack fixes that problem and organizes all your cords while keeping them in reach! 

9. Use a Keurig to Make More Than Just Coffee 

I love when you can use things for multiple reasons and this is one of them! 

Keurigs are awesome for your morning coffee but did you know you can make things like pasta or oatmeal with it too? Seriously genius.  

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10. Lap Desks to Do Work in Bed

I love my bed way too much to not do my homework in it too. 

Make it easier to do work in bed with a lap desk. It actually makes you a lot more productive than you think!

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11. Good Quality Slippers 

Seriously dorm floors are disgusting. From the communal bathrooms to the dirty hallways, you do not want to be wandering around with bare feet. 

These Ugg slippers are seriously the best. I've had mine since freshmen year and still wear them every single day. 

12. Long Bed Skirt to Cover Up Extra Storage 

If you're obsessed with making your dorm room look perfect, this dorm hack is perfect for you. 

If you plan to loft your bed and store things underneath, long bed skirts can hide the clutter and make your room look 10x neater. 

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13. Brita Filter 

I use my Brita literally every day. Tap water always tastes a little funky and I don't know if I always trust it. Brita's filter your water and make it taste so good and fresh. Highly recommend keeping this in your dorm! 

14. Place Clothes Vertically For More Space 

As I've said, dorms are small and you've got to find ways to maximize space as much as possible. 

Another dorm hack to save space is by placing clothes vertically in your drawers (saves sooo much space). It also makes it easier to find what you're looking for since you can see each item. 

15. Tape a Laundry Cheat Sheet to Your Laundry Bag 

I hope it's not just me that forgets what laundry symbols mean. 

Placing a cheat sheet on your laundry bag saves a lot of time (and definitely from ruining some clothes) when doing your laundry. 

16. Use Bed Risers for More Storage 

If your dorm doesn't already do this, definitely use bed risers to heighten your bed. It makes room for sooo much more storage. 

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17. Nightstand That Doubles as Storage 

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18. Use Washi Tape to Organize Cords 

As mentioned, you're going to have sooo many different cords in your dorm that it's going to get hard to distinguish what's what. 

Using washi tape to organize cords (like the picture above) is such a smart dorm hack that will keep all your cords where you want them to be. 

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19. Use Hanging Storage for Extra Closet Space

Another great dorm hack to utilize storage space is using hanging shelves. 

I love having my things organized in shelves, especially things like socks and under garments, because I can place them in a bin for easier access. If you don't have anywhere else to put things like this, this is a great way to do it. 

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20. Closet Curtain 

A lot of the time dorms don't have doors on their closets. One way to make your dorm room look a little bit more organized is by hanging up a curtain on your closet that you can easily open or close. 

Definitely check out pictures of your dorm online and see if it will have a door or not and then you can plan accordingly. 

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21. Use Bins for Above and Below Closet

Bins are a great way to organize things like socks and undergarments in your dorm. Utilize the extra space you may have at the bottom of your closet or above shelves with bins like these! 

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22. Buy a Mesh Shower Caddy

Get a mesh shower caddy... not a plastic one! When I was a freshmen I got a plastic shower and caddy and let me just say... huge mistake. 

Every time I would shower water would get stuck in the plastic grooves. I would go back to my dorm room, put the shower caddy on the ground, and five minutes later there would be a huge puddle on the ground. Don't make the mistake I did and get a mesh one! 

23. Bring Funny Games That Your Neighbors Will Want to Play

Another good way to make friends and bond with them is playing funny games! 

These are more Rated-R but really get the crowd going. Seriously I die every time I play these they are that good. 

24. Noise Machine 

This dorm hack changed my inability to sleep in the dorms.. seriously life saving. If you have issues studying/sleeping around noise, a sound machine will change your life.

25. Get an Electric Kettle if You Like Hot Drinks 

I love a good hot tea right before bed to calm me after a long day. If you do too, an electric kettle is such a good item for you! 

26. Learn Microwave Recipes 

I love any hack that saves me time and energy... especially when it comes to making food.

If you plan on having a microwave in your dorm, these are some easy recipes that you can make. It seriously will save you so much time and so many trips to the dining hall... and you're still getting some gooood meals out of it!

27. Put Your Schedule As Your Lock Screen

This is a simple yet very effective dorm hack. 

The first few weeks of freshmen year you are probably going to have no idea what is going on or where you need to go. Help yourself by screenshoting your schedule and putting it as your lock screen until you memorize your schedule. 

It saves you from the hassle of logging into your phone, then your school website to find your schedule. And it will help you memorize it faster! 

28. Downy Wrinkle Releaser 

You will not have room in your dorm / it's unnecessary to have an iron in your room but you'll definitely have clothes that get wrinkly. And this dorm hack will fix that. 

The Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray will solve all of your wrinkle problems. It works sooo well. And it's so much easier than ironing or steaming anything!  

29. Use Ottomans for Seating and Storage 

In the dorms, you need to find space for storage literally anywhere you can. Ottomans are great for when you have people over for some extra seating but ones like this can also fit a ton of things. What a win-win! 

In my dorm I had one of these and put all my snacks inside so no one could see them. It made everything look so much cleaner and then no one had to know how much chocolate I eat πŸ˜‰ 

30. Desk Shelves 

If you need more shelving or storage for your desk, this is a great way to make it look nice and clean. Such a great way to keep your books organized! 

31. Create Double Hangers with Soda Can Tabs 

This is such a classic dorm hack. 

Using soda can tabs on your hanger lets you hang another piece of clothing and use the same amount of space in the closet! Saves sooo much space and uses a soda tab which is so easy and cheap to get. 

32. Over the Fridge Shelves 

More storage! 

Mini fridges are definitely a great thing to have in the dorms to keep snacks and drinks cold. This over the fridge storage is a great way to keep all your eating supplies in one spot and not take up any drawer space. 

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My All-Time Favorite Things of 2019 (seriously I’m obsessed with all of these)

by sophia lee

Every year I love to look back and tell you all about my favorite products I discovered and I think this year might be some of my favorite things EVER! 

Also, all of them are really budget friendly (I think everything is under $30!!). I even included food because duhh.

These are my die-hard, tell everyone I see, buy a million times again products. I am OBSESSED with all of them!!

Beauty:

1. Dry Shampoo 

These two dry shampoos I have been obsessedddd with this year. Let's be real...I try to go as long as I can without washing my hair.

I like the Detox Dry Shampoo for the two days after I shower when my hair isn't that greasy.

I bring out the big boy (the IGK First Class Dry Shampoo) when I need major help. Like when my hair is so greasy that people ask if I just showered haha. I'm not kidding it makes it look like my hair is freshly clean it's SO good.

2. Face Razor 

Hollllyyy sh*t this has changed the way my makeup looks. Whenever I would wear foundation you could see all that hair on my cheeks and it just wasn't cute (go look in the mirror, you probably have it too haha).

Plus, your girl has a mustache so I need that gone too ;). 

It does NOT grow your hair back dark or thick. It for real makes your makeup look insanely good.

These are the razors I use and recommend. I get them from Amazon and can get them shipped overnight. I have purchased ones from Target before but liked these better. 

3. Elf Poreless Primer

You guys. One of my favorite bloggers (Emily Gemma) recommended this and because it's so cheap I decided to try it out.

I am OBSESSED and have worn this under my foundation every day since.

4. Oui Hair Oil 

I go through a lot of different hair oils and this is one of my favorites. It makes my hair soo smoth and silky. 

5. Kiehl's Eye Cream

I have officially hit the age where I start using eye cream haha. I don't want wrinkles but I really just love how moisturized my under eyes are after I put this on. 

Clothing:

1. Jean Jacket

I went through a fashion crisis this summer and felt like I had nothing to wear (can you relate?? HAH!). 

I ordered this jean jacket on Amazon to wear out when my friends and I go to the bars and I had to stop wearing it because I had like 5 Insta pictures in a row of me wearing the same outfit hahaha.

It really is so cute and super cheap too.

2. Pajamas Joggers

BUY THESE. I promise you that it will be the $9 you've spent in a long time.

These are from Walmart and are so soft I want them in every single color.

3. Phone Case

I randomly found this phone case on a Target run and I get so many compliments on it. It's reallllyy cute and under $20!

Food:

1. Trader Joe's Brown Rice 

I eat rice with a ton of meals and would always burn that 5-minute rice at the grocery store.

I decided to try this from Trader Joes and its the best freaking rice I've ever had haha. I buy like 6 rices at a time. It's sticky and moist (gross but it is haha). The BEST.

2. Pop Corner Chips

These are my current favorite snack and I've gotten my whole family hooked on them. They're addicting but I like them because they are a "healthy" version of chips and are pretty inexpensive too (I want to say 2.99 for a big bag).

I just get these at the regular grocery store.

3. Oat Milk 

Another year, another new milk discovery. 

I used to always get almond milk in my lattes or use it as creamer in my coffee I make at home but this year I discovered oat milk which completely replaced that. 

Oat milk is the new phenomenon in the milk world and for good reason. It's soo much better than any other milk I've had in my coffee and I love it. Highly recommend trying! 

4. Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning 

You guys. This stuff is life changing. 

It's all the seasoning from an everything bagel MINUS the bagel. I put it on so many different things but my favorite is avocado toast.

I eat this combo literally everyone morning haha seriously soooo good and such an easy meal! 

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