(This post first appeared on the Kitchen Stuff Plus website, on August 1, 2018. You can read that post here and follow the hyperlinks to learn more about the highlighted products.)
Although it’s going to be very hard to say goodbye to my oldest daughter when she goes off to university in September, it makes me feel better knowing she’ll have what she needs to make her dorm room feel a bit like home.
When we looked at the Kitchen Stuff Plus website, there were many room décor and snack accessories to choose from! We chose items that are reusable and environmentally friendly, conducive to healthy eating, and durable – so she can still use them when she eventually moves off campus.
Clothing & Shoes Storage
These velvet-covered hangers ensure clothes stay put without sliding to the bottom of the closet. Because they’re all the same, the closet will look more organized and aesthetically pleasing.
For shoes, we chose an under bed container to hold out-of-season shoes and an umbrella.
Bath Accessories & Toiletries
We went with navy towels because they’re easier to keep clean-looking! A shower caddy is a must, à la sleep-away camp.
For holding makeup and hair styling accessories, this flat plastic container with high sides is perfect – she can move the bin around and then store it under the bed when it’s not in use.
Coffee & Water Bottles
We opted for two types of mugs, in two different sizes. We love that both containers can be used for hot or cold liquids and foods.
The smaller mug with a handle is just right because she can easily hold it and reach into her backpack for other things. And, both containers are wide-mouthed and easy to clean – yay!
My daughter is someone for whom writing comes at crunch-time, meaning late night studying. Having an electric kettle on hand means she can make coffee and tea in her room.
She also picked out a rose gold colored coffee press and an electric milk frother. She’s very excited about sharing lattes and drinks with friends while enjoying the usual fun conversations that come with dorm living.
By the way, we’ve been making iced lattes every morning at home for a few months now and one of our tricks is sweetening the drinks with simple syrup (recipe below). This reduces the need to store sugar in the dorm room, not to mention keeping ants at bay!
To quickly make a latte, pour coffee into a tumbler, add syrup to taste, and then pour in the milk – usually no spoon is needed for mixing!
Jars For Storage and Snacks
Keeping snacks such as nuts and chocolate in glass jars or plastic containers is neater, sanitary, and more conducive to having dorm-mates drop in for a chat and a snack.
We also liked this set of 3 mason jars in a caddy for storing markers, pens and pencils, coffee utensils, and reusable stainless-steel straws.
Himalayan Salt Rock Lamp
When my daughter saw this lamp, she loved it for various reasons. It gives off a warm, zen light, setting a calm mood for the room. And, the negative ions it emits help manage dust and odors.
Packing up for university is still a few weeks away, but getting these items ready is making the upcoming university drop-off feel like it’s going to run a tad more smoothly!
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Drops of lemon juice
Place the sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes, adding the lemon juice a minute before you remove the syrup from the heat. Store in a closed jar, at room temperature.
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This post was sponsored by Kitchen Stuff Plus. All opinions are my own. A special thank you goes out to Sophie and Joanna for helping me with understanding dorm life needs today!
4 thoughts on “What I’m Sending To University With My Daughter This Fall”
Your daughter’s dorm room operations is waaaaaaaay classier than mine was. I recommend anything that helps to keep the space clean. Also, anything that can organize vertically rather than horizontally.
Dorm rooms can get really cluttered really fast. Good luck and have fun!
Why lemon in the simple syrup?
I know, right? It’s way cooler than mine was, too. She’s most excited about the coffee station. Great advice on vertical storage – there’s a nice space between the desks in her room.
The lemon in the syrup helps it from ceasing!
This is amazing!!!! I love that these products are reusable, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. She is sure to be the talk of the campus! I can’t wait to see how she puts together her dorm room 🙂
Glad you like that these products are reusable and environmentally friendly. That was important to her, too! She chose the rose gold coffee press and is so excited about having friends over. Stay tuned for how the dorm room will look. Thank you!
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