Whether you are sending your first, or your final, child off to college, shopping for dorm supplies (call it that if you have a boy) or dorm décor (use this word if you have a girl) is a huge project. I’m just going to give it to you straight. If you have a boy, setting up the dorm room will be cheaper. If you have a girl, it will be more fun. There you go, I said it. I’ve done the supplies thing twice, and the décor thing once, and today I’m going to give you the lowdown.
If you have a boy, have him choose a color. His choices are black, brown, or navy. Then go to this website, print out the list of supplies he will need, and shop online or go in person to Walmart and Target to get all of the supplies on the list, in his chosen color. Sit down at the computer with him, or if you go in person, take him with you. Please note: this will not be his idea of a good time. Be prepared for a lot of, “Do I REALLY need all of this stuff?” type of questions. Tell him yes and that he can thank you later. Understand that this process may make you emotional. DO NOT start sobbing in the Walmart Supercenter. He will die of embarrassment. If you feel yourself starting to get emotional, send him to find something challenging, like a bed bug mattress protector, somewhere across the store. Then pull yourself together. We have all been there, sister. I am so sorry.
If you have a girl, this process will look a lot different (with the exception of the possible mom emotions in the middle of Walmart). First of all, know that the whole matching bedspread thing that we all did in college is dead. Roommate coordination now will likely involve agreeing on a particular color scheme, with each girl doing her own thing within the decided-upon palette. Trust me when I tell you to have your daughter shop online for bedding, coordinating towels, etc. because the selections at stores will dwindle rapidly. Then, print out the aforementioned list, and hit (you guessed it!) Walmart and Target (and possibly Bed, Bath & Beyond and The Container Store) to pick up everything from coordinating wastebaskets to toothbrush holders. I’ve linked to some great online places to shop below, and even given you some ideas for bedding to get you started. (If you click on the name of any of the retailers below, I’ve linked right to the bedding part of their respective websites.)
Anthropologie – I know your daughter loves their clothes. Did you know they carried bedding too?
Bed, Bath & Beyond – This is a good place to start, but know that absolutely EVERYONE will start here.
Hayneedle – Cute and affordable designs. I love this bedding set. This one is adorable too.
Macy’s – Wonderful Bed in a Bag sets.
Nordstrom – Y’all know I love this retailer, and they have some great bedding deals during the Anniversary Sale (ends Aug. 6). This set is too cute.
PB Teen – This is where we found my daughter’s bedding last year. The quality is there, the designs are precious, and everything’s on sale right now!
Kate Spade – Fresh, fun designs, of course! This is the cutest bedding I’ve seen this year. Free shipping/returns site-wide.
Target – Some of these sets are precious. Order online with this link for the best selection. Typically they go fast in stores. I especially love this set.
TJ Maxx – Again, you might want to use this link to order online. The in-store selection will be spotty.
Make supplying (or decorating) the dorm room a fun project for you and your college-bound student to do together. Oh, and don’t bother to get more than one set of sheets. Why? Brace yourself…Your little darling may not even wash that one set the whole first semester. Sigh…
What are your best tips for sending them off with all they need? Please leave me a comment and let me know!
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