Graduates: Don't Ditch This Stuff From Your Dorm Room

Graduates: Don't Ditch This Stuff From Your Dorm Room

Jennifer Hunter
May 8, 2015

Getting ready to leave your school days behind? Yay! But don't leave these decor items behind when you clear out of your dorm. You're gonna need this stuff!


Maybe you feel that your juvenile poster days are behind you, but not so fast. A cool, graphic poster (add a frame, you adult you) will always be in style and many years from now when you're nearing 30 (gasp) you may wish you had a few more tangible reminders of your college days.

Mini Fridge

In your first place, you may just wind up in a teeny-tiny or makeshift kitchen, in which case you'll be one step ahead. Even if you do get a full size in your rental, an extra little fridge will never do you wrong. Think of it as a pinch hitter for parties or even a full time wine fridge.

(Image credit: PB Teen)

Butterfly chair

Foldable butterfly chairs are a dorm staple that can serve you well for many years to come. Hate the current filthy, beer-stained canvas cover? No problem. Keep the frame and recover with a sleeker material like leather for a totally new look that will last you forever.

Clamp lamp

You may finally get a few more real, powerful lamps when you finally get your own place, but don't discount the power of a little bit of light right where you need it. These will always come in handy. Case in point? Cambria can even make a case for a clamp lamp in the kitchen!

(Image credit: Lydia Brotherton)

Space saving stuff

I've got news for you: your next apartment may not be the palace you dream of. You still have plenty of years left of tiny living so you'll be needing the space-saving storage containers, bed risers and shoe racks that came in so handy in your dorm. Don't ditch these quite yet.

Do ditch this:

Extra long twin sheets

Sorry, you're never going to need these again. Someone in the sheet mafia decided that college student sheets should be completely different than real-life sheet sizes (and seems to be making a killing). Don't bother storing them.

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