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Dorm Checklist

{ S L E E P W E L L }
  • plastic bed protector
  • foam mattress topper
  • bedlinens (fitted sheet, cover sheet, pillow case)
  • duvet/comforter
  • pillow(s)
  • alarm clock
  • clip-on lamp to attach to the headboard

{ S T U D Y H A R D }

  • scissors
  • highlighters
  • white out
  • pencil sharpener
  • stapler
  • tape
  • paper-clips
  • staples
  • pens
  • pencils
  • hole punch
  • rubber bands
  • thumbtacks
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • super glue
  • glue sticks
Paper Goods
  • spiral notebooks
  • notebook paper
  • computer paper
  • folders/files
  • post-it notes
  • index cards
  • desktop calendar
  • address book
  • journal
Snail Mail
  • envelopes of various sizes
  • stamps
  • stationary
  • surge protector
  • laptop/computer
  • land line telephone
  • cell phone charger
  • computer software
  • desk lamp
  • storage containers to organize supplies
  • bulletin board or memo board
  • desk chair
  • wastebasket
  • oscillating fan

{ T I D Y U P }

Clothing & Shoes
  • variety of hangers
  • shoe organizer
  • storage containers
  • under-the-bed box(es)
  • clothes hamper
  • drying rack
  • rolls of quarters
  • detergent
  • fabric softener
  • dryer sheets
  • stain remover
  • dusting spray or sheets
  • mirror/glass cleaner
  • dust rags
  • feather duster
  • small vacuum
Dish Duty
  • small sink drainer
  • dish soap
  • towels & rags
  • scrubber/sponge

{ H A N G O U T }

  • television
  • dvd player
  • stereo
  • cd's
  • dvd's
  • mp3 player dock
  • game system
  • board games
  • magazines
  • magazine holders/rack
  • books
  • deck of cards
  • futon
  • small sofa
  • chairs
  • bean bags
  • ottoman

{ B A T H & B O D Y }

Shower Supplies
  • towels
  • washcloths
  • loofah
  • shavers
  • shaving cream
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • soap/shower gel
  • shower caddy
  • flip flops
  • bath robe
Hair Care
  • brush
  • comb
  • blow dryer
  • straightening iron
  • products (mousse, gel, hairspray, etc.)
Dental Care
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • mouthwash
  • floss
  • toothbrush cover
Body Care
  • face wash
  • tweezers
  • make-up
  • make-up remover
  • lotion
  • perfume
  • sunscreen
  • deodorant
  • nail clippers
  • nail polish
  • nail polish remover
  • contact lens solution
  • contact lens case
  • toilet paper
  • cotton balls
  • q-tips
  • tissues

{ I N - D O R M D I N I N G }

  • mini fridge
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • toaster oven
  • coffee maker
  • blender
  • bowls
  • cups
  • plates
  • utensils
  • coffee mugs
  • coffee filters
  • paper towels
  • can opener
  • sandwich bags
  • aluminum foil
  • plastic wrap
  • plastic containers

{ S U R V I V A L }

  • cold medicine
  • tylenol
  • cough drops
  • tums
  • first aid kit
  • thermometer
Be Prepared
  • safety pins
  • sewing kit
  • umbrella
  • flashlight
  • batteries
  • light bulbs
  • small tool box

{ D E C O R A T E }
  • throw pillows
  • rug
  • curtains
  • posters
  • artwork
  • accessories
  • photos
  • flowers
  • accent lighting
  • strands of lights
  • paper hanging lanterns
  • things from home

{ F U R N I S H }
  • plastic chest of drawers
  • plastic stacking cubes
  • bookcase
  • storage bins

{ I N Y O U R B A G / P U R S E }
  • camera
  • day-planner
  • a couple pens
  • notepad
  • compact mirror
  • make-up essentials in a small cosmetic bag
  • wallet
  • anti-bacterial
  • cell phone
  • sunglasses
  • mp3 player
  • snack
  • gum/mints
  • chapstick
  • book or magazine
  • pouch of bobby pins & elastic bands
  • keys
  • hand lotion

If I forgot anything, let me know. I'll update the list. :)
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liulili13 said…
Hello. I thought I'd add that you can still add fragrance to your room and avoid a fire hazard by using scent fans and diffusers. Both of these methods can provide a nice fragrance to freshen up your room without the danger of setting anything on fire. I sell Partylite Products myself, so I know that their brand of scent4u fans and diffusers work very well. However, I'm sure many companies make similar products.
Alexandra Franz said…
I would suggest adding a mini iron and ironing board :) They're great and you can find really cute ones at Ikea!
Alexandra Franz said…
Also, a robe and shower flip-flops for girls living in dorms with community showers. You don't want to get caught walking down the hall in just a towel.
denture repair said…
It's good to have a proper plan. These items are essential for dorm living.
David Ritchson said…
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David Ritchson said…
Well said.. A person should be organized if he/she wants a more comfortable way of living and most specially if you are a dentist, you don't want to let your tools lying around somewhere right?


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