Dorm Room EssentialsBack-to-school season means it's back to the dorms for lots of college students. Here's our cheat sheet for quick, clever and affordable ways to make campus living a better fit for everybody, and everybody’s stuff.
Sundries: Basics Instinct
Don't space on your day-to-day necessities. Think: bathrobes for the shower trek, flip-flops for germ protection in the bathroom, and a shower caddy to transport supplies. (Towels and washcloths obviously come in handy, too.) Collapsible laundry baskets are pretty essential for keeping your room clean and (somewhat) inhabitable, while stain sticks zap messes. Mini appliances, like microwaves, refrigerators and vacuums, add convenience, and a mini first-aid kit is a must-have. Choose plastic, unbreakable dishware and glasses, and dish wands for washing up. Handheld garment steamers take up way less space than an iron and ironing board, and a door mirror lets you check out the results.