All the Essentials You Need for Living on Your Own

All the Non-Fun Stuff You Need for Living on Your Own

Packing for college can be a complicated process. Living on your own is a whole new world! While you pick up your new clothes, an awesome backpack, and all that fun stuff, don’t forget these not-so-fun (but definitely important) items!

1. Cleaning Supplies

Yes, believe it or not, along with all of the parties and of course classes, you will probably have to do some cleaning in college. If you are living on campus - and even some off campus apartments - you will have to pass cleaning checks. This cleaning supplies kit has some definite necessities.

2. Storage Bins

Whether you’re leaving home for the first time or just moving to a new apartment, these storage totes are a must! Especially during the dreaded “homeless week” when you have to move out of your old apartment and can’t move into the new one yet!

3. Bed Risers

Because, let’s be honest, that massive suitcase that you somehow got all of your clothes into takes up SO much space. With these handy bed risers you can slide that suitcase – and anything else you need to store out of sight - right under your bed and never have to look at it.

4. Dish Rack

If you, or your roommates, ever eat at home - which is likely - you will have dishes. Depending on factors like how many roommates you have, how many dishes you have, and whether or not you have a dishwasher, you’ll need a drying rack! They’re also convenient for large dishes you don’t want to stick in the dishwasher.

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5. Shoe Rack

You will find that with certain roommates, the apartment or dorm tends to get cluttered. Get rid of at least some of the mess with this nifty shoe rack so you can keep your shoes out of the way!

6. Shower Caddy

If you’re lucky enough to not have a communal bathroom like some dorms, you’ll probably need a caddy like this one. This way you and your roommates can keep your things organized.

7. Extension Cord/Surge Protector Strip

This is the age of technology. Most college students have a cell phone and a laptop and many have a smart watch, a TV, video game consoles, speakers, and more. If it’s electronic, they probably have one, and having a few extension cords and a surge protector around will make your life so much easier.

8. Office Supplies

Staplers, scissors, and tape aren’t the most exciting thing you need to buy for college, but they are important! I can’t tell you how many times I had to walk to a copy center or all the way to the library on campus just to staple my homework just minutes before I had to turn it in.

9. First-Aid Kit

Safety first! You never know when you’re going to need this! My freshman roommate injured her hand and we had to scramble to neighboring apartments looking for bandages! This kit may sit in your room unused for years, but there may also come a time when you really need it.

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