The Nine Things Every College Student Should Have On Their Desk

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All you need is a computer, right? Wrong! Unlike high school or living with your parents, office supplies do not magically appear. Living on your own means stocking up on essential desk items. To make your shopping list easier, we’ve come up with nine things every college student should have on their desk in order to get through the rest of the semester.

     1. Stapler and Staples

Here’s a lesson all freshman learn real fast — your teacher will not have a stapler on them, and they will expect you to turn in stapled copies of your twenty-page paper! Come prepared by having a stapler and extra staples at your deskside whenever you need it.

     2. Printer, Paper, and Ink

Sure, you could print at the library, but that’s going to cost you, and there’s no guarantee the library will be open when you need it. A small-sized printer can run you around $30 on sale and ink can be cheap if you subscribe to regular refills.

     3. Pen and Pencils

We love the convenience of a computer, but you have to have a pen on you at all times. There’s no telling when you’ll want to make a quick note or write a letter yourself. And pencils are essential for majors that require a lot of drafting or revisiting of work — such as musicians, artists, engineers, mathematicians, architects, etc.

4. Paperclips

Like staples, you need to keep your paper in order or they’ll become a mess on your desk. And who wants that? With paperclips or larger file clips, attach and go. No fuss, reusable, and cheap to buy — you have no excuses not to have a small supply.

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5. Sticky Notes or Journals

Sticky notes are great for telling your roommate to pick up more milk or that they need to clean their side of the room. But when you really want to get something out, a journal is a must-have. Check out these school-themed journals if you really want to impress.

6. Stamps and Stationery

Sending a letter may seem so old fashioned, but thank yous written by hand are impressive and classy. Grab a stack of cards, like these vintage university ones, for when the occasion arises. And don’t forget Forever stamps from the post office.

7. Organizer

You’ve got the little things down, but what about where to put it all? An organizer for the tiny desk objects that get all over the place can be a lifesaver — especially when you’ve got five minutes till class starts and you can’t find your favorite pen.

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8. Desk Lamp

Your desk may come with a lamp attachment already, but those industrial bulbs can lead to migraines or poor study habits. Find one that matches your style and has the right kind of light for your work. This dimmable, portable one is the perfect size and look for most college students’ needs.

9. Power Cord

While technically for under the desk, a safe power cord that can support your laptop, printer, chargers, and a lamp cannot be forgotten. Get one that has a surge protector in case of electricity going out.

If you have these nine items, and a few more that we may have missed, you’ll be ready to tackle those study sessions and ace all your exams!

Move-In Checklist for Girls

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College Checklist for Girls

 

College may seem far off in the distance, but the reality is there’s only one year left. That means it’s time to start talking dorm rooms. And of course, figuring out your style and making sure you have the essentials ready to go is an absolute must. This OCM shopping list is the only one you’ll need. Here’s a breakdown of everything that’s on the move-in checklist for girls.

Bedding

Truth be told, dorm beds are kind of miserable no matter where you go to school. It’s almost universal that you’ll need a few things to make your sleeping space comfy. The first is the right kind of bedding. Extra-long sheets, comforter/quilt, and pillows are the basics. But also consider investing in a great mattress pad if you’re worried about a bad back or a thin mattress.

Bath

Communal bathrooms can be intimidating, but they’re a breeze once you’ve got the right gear. Of course, you’ll want your beauty products and favorite shampoos and soaps. We say splurge and get the best to make your shower experience more luxurious. What you really need is a pair or two of flip flops, a shower caddy to carry it all in, and a set of durable towels.

Home Essentials

Colleges do not give their students cleaning services for their rooms — you’re in charge of that. This means you need to stock up on cleaning supplies and gear. Broom or a sweeper are great to have handy, as well as paper towels and some basic sanitizing wipes.

Out of Sight

Small spaces means getting creative with your storage. Under the bed boxes are crucial, as are closet organizers that hang on the door. Trunks are great for being decor, seating, and storage, but you can also consider ottomans with storage built in as an option.

Dorm Cooking

Believe it or not, but you can cook when you’re living in the dorms. Most come with a small, communal kitchenette, and you’ll want a fridge and/or microwave for yourself. That means you’ll also need a few basics — pot, pan, mixing and measuring bowls, containers, mugs, plates, silverware, etc.

Desk Supplies

Keep yourself organized with everything you need — staplers, paperclips, pens, and pencils, together in a sturdy box or desk organizer. You may also want to invest in the must-haves of studying, like highlighters, notecards, notebooks, and other portable items you can take to and from class and study sessions.

Technology

A laptop or at least a tablet with a portable keyboard should be at the top of your list; it’s an essential in the digital age. But don’t miss out on other essentials like a personal printer, a surge protector, extra batteries, and a carrying case. A TV in your dorm is also a great addition that will let you have movie nights or just “veg,” and a pair of noise-canceling headphones will keep you sane if you get a roommate who snores.

Decorating

Now this category is where you can have some fun! Mix in some touches from home (like a favorite throw pillow or a picture of your BFFs) and add in some new, adult items like a potted plant or a gorgeous vintage mirror. The trick is to come up with a theme or particular style and work with it until it feels like home.  

Extra Essentials

Some things don’t fit into categories but are totally necessary. We’re thinking of first aid kits, umbrellas, lockboxes, and other frequently used items. Think about what you use around your house and add it to this category. You may be surprised what you need — and what you can leave behind.

OCM Announces the Launch of a Brand New Fan Shop!

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We all deserve a little makeover once and awhile! While you might be going a darker hair shade to match the cooler weather, or considering your new fall layering options, OCM wanted to get in on a fresh look as well. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of OCM’s new Fan Shop. “The OCM Fan Shop is stylin’ after its recent makeover!” Says OCM’s Third Party Relationship Manager, Cora Baker. “We gave it a whole new look with new photography and new navigation features to make a better shopping experience for you.  We’re also rolling out more new and exciting products every day.”

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OCM Launches Their New Fan Shop

Cora continued, “I spent this past weekend at my alma mater, Penn State.  As I walked around campus, I saw many college students displaying the Penn State logo in many different ways – their clothing, their backpacks, their rain ponchos, their purses.  Collegiate logo merchandise is as intertwined in campus life as care packages, dorm room furnishings and tech accessories.  As the premier provider of all things college, OCM is a natural to provide college students and their families with their logo merchandise.”

OCM’s Fan Shop is one-stop shopping for all your college logo gear. Whether it’s a logo sweater or a hat branded with your college’s mascot, we’ve got your all of school-spirit needs covered. So if you’ve got a big football game or pep rally coming up, the Fan Shop has what you need to represent your college.

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New Merchandise for the New Season!

With the new Fan Shop comes a ton of new brands and merchandise you’ll be sure to love. Cora Baker and the entire OCM team are very pleased to have the following officially licensed partners on board:

  • Gear for Sports, offering Champion and Under Armour t-shirts and sweatshirts
  • Art.com and Northwest, offering a variety of throw blankets and other items for the dorm room and home
  • Vantage Apparel, offering polo shirts, pullovers and jackets
  • Victory Tailgate and Made Loyal, offering tailgate games, t-shirts and college wall art
  • Zephyr, offering all types of hats

These new items are not only a good excuse to dispose of your old, hand-me-down college gear. Since they’re fresh on the OCM Fan Shop – you’ll be a trendsetter by rocking one of these new items your friends will be sure to envy.

One step better, Cora explains, is free shipping: “Free shipping is offered on selected t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatshirt throws, and hat and t-shirt bundles!” So be sure to take advantage of free shipping when getting your tailgating apparel needs!

Cora’s new favorite items are the giant tumble towers, the ¼ zip performance pullovers and the college wall art. What will your new favorite Fan Shop item be!?

College Swag

When’s A Good Time for College Apparel and Items, You Ask?

There are ample opportunities to rock your college swag outside of the classroom or resident hall. Here are a few great events and occasions where stylish college gear is a must:

  • Sports games: This is a given! Show support for your school’s team at the next home or away game with a team hat. Want to be the hero of the tailgate? Bring a BBQ set or cornhole game, branded with your school’s logo, that everyone can enjoy.
  • On- and Off-Campus Events: Rock college gear on off-campus events to show unity and stand in solidarity with your school. It’s also a great way to network with others that go to your school, or are alumni. Wearing a T-shirt or sweatshirt with your school’s name could elicit a “Hey, I also went to XYZ school, what are you studying?” which could even lead to a “Actually, my company is looking for an intern in your field! Are you interested in applying?”
  • As Gifts: Your parents are probably supporting your college venture, and are proud of you. Gift them with some college apparel that they’ll be proud to wear.

 

You don’t want to wait till the morning of the pep rally or football game to find some school swag to wear. So head over to the OCM Fan Shop and check out all the new swag to show your school spirit.

 

Move in Day Madness! 11 Things you need to bring to college

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Congrats newest freshman! You made it to your first day of college! Welcome to move in day! This might have consisted of crying to your parents about how much you’re going to miss them, or spending 8 hours making your room just the way you want it. Well, I have a few tips on what things you won’t regret bringing from home. How do you envision your ideal dorm room for this upcoming fall? Christmas lights and tapestries hung up? Sofas and canvas wall hangings? Let’s take a look at what I used for my room and what things were really needed.

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My room at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

What important things to bring from home: 

1. Mini Fridge

  • Leftover pizza, midnight snacks and your daily dose of Arizona Iced Tea. Buying a fridge is the perfect idea for an on the go breakfast or keeping your water bottle cold. My roommate bought one before we moved in and it definitely was worth the money! Go out and buy yourself a mini fridge!

2. Dorm Space saver!

  • Even though you think you have enough space no matter how big your dorm is, you will not regret buying this! A Dorm Space Saver (be it a trunk or under the bed storage) will keep all of your personal belongings in an organized space.

3. iHome

  • Don’t forget about your alarm clock for those 8 am classes! It definitely helps me when I need to wake up early for those 9AMs. An iHome will become your best friend. It has a charger for your phone, AM/FM stations, Bluetooth and so much more.

4. Fan, Fan, Fan!

  • Depending on which school you go to, most freshman dorm rooms don’t supply air conditioning. Definitely bring those fans with you because it gets very hot! Large or small, it does not matter!

5. Trunk

  •  A trunk is another great way to store anything you don’t need immediate access to — think winter blankets or clothing that’s out of season. You can also use this as a way to liven up your space. Slap on a bunch of bumper stickers and band stickers for an indie look, or spray paint it in your favorite colors.

6.  Plastic Storage bins

  • For all of you who complain to your mom how you don’t have enough space around the room, buying these bins was worth every penny! I know that I couldn’t fit all my stuff in that small closet they give us so buying these bins made my life so much easier! It helped me organize them from underwear to sweaters I will not be using now, towels, sheets and gym clothes!

7. Command Hooks

  • The easiest, cheapest and best way to hang up your picture frames, tapestries and a DIY canvas. You can pretty much find these anywhere – and you’ll be glad you bought them. Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 2.39.08 PM

8. Hangers

  • For all of those clothes us ladies bring, you must must must bring over 50 hangers… I know it seems like a bit much but you will not regret it! I brought so many hangers and it kept my closet organized from dresses, pants, skirts and shorts.

9. Light Up Make Up Mirror

  • Do you really want to put on a full face of makeup on in the dark for an 8 am? Invest in a mirror with a light, specifically one that gifts off natural, daylight hues.

10. Coffee Machine

  • Espresso, chai teas and much more! Who doesn’t love their early morning coffee? I know I can’t live without my daily dose of tea!

11. Batteries

  • You might be thinking right now why would I need to bring a pack of batteries? When I say trust me, trust me because I needed so many batteries setting up my dorm room, for things like remotes and lights!

College Gear That Any Parent Will Love

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The days are ticking down ‘til your college student heads back to the dorm — but there’s still plenty of time to shop! College gear isn’t just hoodies and tees with a university emblazoned on chest. These days, the options are almost endless with classic favorites and more sophisticated items you can even show off at the office. We picked our top college gear that any parent will love, so get your shopping cart ready.

1.   Pullover Workout Gear

Sweatshirts are essential college gear, even for parents, but the truth is that many parents aren’t into that whole casual look. If you prefer something a bit more versatile, check out these Valspar pullover hoodies in school colors and featuring miniature logos. It’s warm enough to take out on a walk but moisture-wicking if you plan on bringing it to the gym. Plus it comes in men’s and women’s sizing making sure it fits your body perfectly.

2.   Rec Room Wall Art

Decorating a more relaxed space can be tricky when trying to decide how to dress up the walls. But with your student away at college, you can have a little piece of them in their favorite hangout space with wall art from their university. Done in bright, bold colors with beautifully designed logos and imagery, you’ll love incorporating these pieces of art into your design and showing them off while hosting friends. Plus, it’s a sweet homage to your student when they’re not at home.

3.   Barbecue Accessories

You may be the reigning Grill Master in your family, but can you claim to be that out of all the other moms and dads at your child’s college? You’ll need to get your grill on with a BBQ set perfect for hosting backyard grill parties for all of your student’s friends and professors. These BBQ sets come with stainless steel spatula, tongs, basting brush, and fork with university logo and colors.

4.   Cornhole Games

Who says your student has to have all the fun? Backyard BBQs or trips to fall tailgating is not complete without a set of cornhole stands. There are so many unique designs to choose from ranging from vintage to metal coolness. Ours even comes with the cornhole bags in school colors to amp up your party and make it ready to go straight from the box.

5.   Car Décor

Throw away that faded “honor roll” bumper sticker. They stop handing those out once your kid graduates high school. Instead, upgrade to car swag that really shows off your pride. From steering wheel covers to floor paneling, you can deck your vehicle out from top to bottom with your school’s logo and colors.

6.   Spirit Throw Blanket

That ratty old blanket your college kid loves to bring to tailgating sessions doesn’t really hold up on the back of your couch. That’s why we love the classier take with stripes and school colors to get you into the spirit. Take this black and gold version. It’s made of a heavy material perfect for keeping you warm on the sidelines or snuggling under for movie night at home.

Decorating Your New College Dorm Room [Tips & Infographic]

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White walls, wooden furniture, and linoleum tiles. The standard dorm rooms assigned to incoming freshmen are a far cry from stylish or inviting. If you have yet to visit a residence hall in person, you’ll learn on move-in day that dorm buildings are typically bland and outdated. Fortunately, the rooms are designed in a way that is often easy to manipulate.

Small in size, your dorm room will likely come equipped with only a few basics, which allows you the space you need to get creative. How will you fill up, decorate, and transform your dorm from something sterile and uniform into a new room that’s warm and unique?

Whether you have a few days or a few months to prepare for move-in, we’ve laid out the steps to help guide you through the process of designing and decorating a dorm that feels like home. Download the graphic here for easy printing, or continue reading and share the image below!

How to Decorate Your New Dorm

The kick-off to freshman year of college offers a clean slate in many respects: new friends, no grades, the ability to explore new interests, and new place to call home. Starting from square one can be super exciting! It can also leave you feeling a little bewildered wondering where to begin. With a few months before move-in, now is the time to start dreaming and scheming about how you want to design your dorm room.

1.       Choose Your Colors & Theme

Start with the basics! When browsing Pinterest for inspiration, what colors are you drawn to? Which styles and themes do you like best?

  • Pick 2 primary colors
  • Pick 1 or 2 accent colors
  • Pay attention to patterns (floral, geometric, stripes/plaid)
  • Choose an overall theme (bright/dark, chic, boho)

Find out what speaks to you. That way, when you start shopping, you’ll know where to look!

2.       Create a Packing List

If you have your dorm room assignment already, check out your school’s website to see what furniture will be supplied to you. Then get to planning!

(P.S. Download our free college packing list here. With a list in place, you can easily figure out what you’ll need to shop for!

3.       Compare Necessities with Roomies

Speaking of shopping… before you make any big ticket purchases, sync up with your roommate or suitemates!

Items like mini fridges and shower curtains should be divvyed up between you so that no one person is left fronting the cost.

4.       Start with Textiles

When designing your dream dorm, begin by selecting your textiles. These are usually the first thing the eyes are drawn to when entering a space. Design with the following in mind:

  • Your bed will act as the focal point of the room
  • Warm up the space with curtains and an area rug
  • Mix and match your colors and patterns
  • When in doubt, buy in paks (Value Paks, that is!)

5.       Establish a System of Organization

It’s not always easy to maximize space in a dorm room. Some residence halls offer a wardrobe or chest of drawers, but you’ll have to get creative for the rest. Make sure you have a place to store: your clothes, shoes, shower supplies, textbooks, snacks, cleaning supplies, and appliances

6.       Decorate with Accents

Now comes the fun stuff! What decorations do you need to personalize your space? Start by deciding what will go on your walls. It could be:

  • Posters
  • Wall decals
  • Cork boards
  • Photos of friends and family

Then add to the overall look and feel with pillows and seating, lighting, fun accessories, and DIY decorations. Once you have your necessities in place, your accents will really transform the space, making what was once a bland dorm your new “home away from home!”

Achieve your #RoomGoals with dorm room essentials and accessories you won’t want to leave home without! Mix and match from OCM’s selection of bedding, organizers, décor, and more for college gear guaranteed ‘til graduation.

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New Fan Shop Arrivals for March Madness!

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 Did your bracket bust quickly, or are you one of the lucky few still feeling the March Madness? No matter if your team burnt out in the first round or are on their way to the Final Four, having the right school spirit is essential all year round. With OCM’s Fan Shop, you can find just what you need to show your school pride with style. Here are our favorite 7 picks just in time for the spring!

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College Packing Checklist: What to Bring to your Dorm Room

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Here at OCM, we know a thing or two about must-have products for college students. Deciding what stays, what goes, and what to buy can be a daunting task for any college freshman. To simplify the process, we have created the ultimate college checklist for those looking to stay organized (and on top!) of their big move.

Download the list here for easy printing or view the entire checklist below:

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For Sleeping

  • Dorm Bedding Value Pak

Twin XL Sheets
Twin XL Comforter
Twin XL Fleece Throw Blanket
Twin XL Mattress Topper
Standard Pillow
Standard Pillowcases

  • Extra Blanket
  • Decorative Throw Pillows
  • Bedside Lamp
  • Reading Pillow
  • Bed Risers
  • Clip on Comfort Fan

For Washing

  • Dorm Shower Caddy & Tote
  • Extra Large Towel Sets
  • Bath Mat (for students with in-suite bathrooms)
  • Shower Sandals & Flip Flops
  • Bath Robe
  • Shower Curtains and Hook Sets (for students with in-suite bathrooms)
  • Shower Resistant Radio
  • Forma Fog Free Shower Mirror
  • Bathroom Trashcan (for students with in-suite bathrooms)
  • Body Wash & Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Comb & Brush
  • Toiletries

For Decorating

  • Posters
  • Dry Erase Message Board
  • Photo Frames
  • Dorm Area Rugs
  • Wall Decals
  • College Campus Art
  • Wall Canvas Art
  • 3M Command Adhesive Products
  • Full-Length Mirror
  • Beanbag Lounger Chair
  • Ottoman
  • Pouf Pillow

For Studying

  • Desk Lamp
  • Cork Board
  • Notebooks and Binders
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Paper Clips
  • Highlighters
  • Desk Organizer
  • Sticky Notes
  • Wall Calendar
  • Stamps and Envelopes
  • Alarm Clock
  • Index Cards
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Scissors/Stapler
  • Tape
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus

For Cleaning

  • Carpet Sweeper
  • Small Trash Can
  • Trash Bags
  • Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Paper Towels
  • Hampers
  • Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Drying Rack
  • Fabric Softener
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

For Organizing

  • Underbed Storage Bins
  • Rhino Armor Trunk
  • Hangers
  • Over the Door Shoe Organizer
  • Hanging Closet Organizer

For Playing

  • Laptop
  • Laptop Lock
  • Headphones
  • Printer & Ink Cartridges
  • Computer Paper
  • TV
  • HDMI Cable & Adapters
  • Carbonite Online Backup
  • Power Strip with Surge Protector (UL approved)
  • Extension Cord
  • Batteries
  • Ethernet Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Gaming System

For Eating

  • College Kitchen Pak
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Towels
  • Dish Sponge
  • Can Opener
  • Reusable Containers
  • Dorm-Safe Coffee Maker
  • Dorm-Safe Refrigerator
  • Water Filter Pitcher
  • Coffee Mugs

Personal Supplies

  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription Medications
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • ATM Card
  • Checkbook
  • Credit Cards
  • Driver’s License
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card
  • Lock Box

We’ve helped over 3,000,000 families (and counting) take the plunge into college life. We’ve compiled the absolute, hands-down best college dorm room checklist to make shopping this summer easier. We know that through the excitement of prepping for freshman move-in day, everyone is bound to neglect adding at least a few dorm essentials on their college packing list. While our checklist includes the easy to remember supplies like dorm bedding and towels, we’ve also included items only dorm life veterans would remember to bring. Happy shopping!

How to Wash Dorm Comforters

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When it comes to shopping for essential dorm room items, bedding is probably on the top of everyone’s lists.  As you peruse the aisles filled with different bedding options, you may be wondering which type of twin XL comforter is best for your needs.  When making your selection, some things you will want to consider include desired longevity – do you need this comforter to last you all four years of college and beyond?  Are you looking to update your bedding every year?  Another thing to reflect on is the convenience of washing your comforter.  Different materials require different levels of care when it comes to cleaning. Common questions among college students revolve around the laundering of bedding – especially comforters.  Read on for some tips on washing different types of comforters.

  1. Polyester Comforters

Many dorm comforters are simply made of bonded polyester layers sewn to decorative fabrics.  Read the tag for specific washing instructions, but these comforters can generally be machine washed and dried.  They are also inexpensive to purchase.  Just don’t expect them to last past your first year, or for them to keep you warm in the dead of winter.  They are made to be disposable, so there is no need to use any special care methods here.  One tip for helping these comforters to last a little bit longer is to tumble dry on low heat rather than high heat, or hanging them to air-dry.

  1. Plush Comforters

Plush or novelty fabric comforters are similar to the polyester comforters in terms of longevity and level of care needed when it comes to washing.  They are made to be disposable, so the washing method is the same as mentioned above – machine wash and dry, but do not expect this type of comforter to last you longer than one year.  If you are looking for a simple, basic comforter that you plan on throwing in the dorm washing machine and dryer, then this is the option for you.  For those with allergies, plush comforters may not be the best material, as the plush tends to retain many allergens.

  1. Down or Down Alternatives

This type of comforter is held in the highest regards in the bedding world.  Down comforters are very lightweight, yet very warm and cozy.  They will also last you for years.  Because of the high quality of the material, you will want to be sure to wash with care here.  Many tags on these comforters will recommend that you take them to a professional cleaning service to be washed.  If this is not an option for you, or if you need a last minute cleaning job, you can wash these on your own.  If you have a very large comforter, you may need an extra-large, front-loading washing machine.  Wash the comforter alone, on the delicate/gentle cycle.  Use warm water and a small amount of mild detergent.  Be sure to put it through the rinse cycle to ensure that all of the detergent is removed.  You may want to put it through two rinse cycles.  Tumble dry on low heat or hang to air dry.  Throw a couple of tennis balls into the dryer with the comforter to help fluff the feathers throughout the drying process.

  1. Duvet Covers

If you have a down comforter, you may want to invest in some duvet covers in order to change the color or pattern from time to time as well as simplify the washing process.  Simply remove the duvet from the comforter and check the tag for any special instructions.  For cotton duvets, you can use any standard detergent, and these can be washed and dried with similar materials.

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Wall Decor for the Dorm Room

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When you move into your dorm room, you see bare walls and floors. There is no color scheme or personality to the area, as its generic state lends itself to the creativity of you and every other student. While some décor mavens may be armed with dozens of DIY projects to brighten up the dorm room, others may be stumped about how to cost-efficiently spruce up thewalls. Below are ideas to get your own creative juices flowing!

1.       Posters

Let’s start with the basics; posters are a simple and fun way to decorate your dorm and add a little extra personality. Display posters with images of your favorite band, actor, movie, animal and art work – whatever speaks to you! For a more cohesive look, why not select images that feature a similar subject or color scheme? For example, a black-white-and-red will look sharply modern, while an under-the-sea theme will tie in the different posters for a united aesthetic that pleases the eye.

2.       Create your own photo wall mural

Murals make rooms appear larger, as well as gives you the freedom to personalize the subjects. Why not dig into your personal collection to find your favorite snapshots of your hometown? Alternatively, include magazine photos of travel destinations that inspire you. Photoshop and similar programs make it easy to create a digital mural, but you can always manually fashion one with scissors, glue, cardboard and lacquer.

3.       Hang a tapestry

Tapestries are generally larger in size and can be a quick solution for reducing the amount of visible beige. This is especially considering that the many college students are discouraged from painting their dorm walls. If you plan on having bold patterns featured throughout the room, opt for a tapestry with a solid print. On the other hand, if your other decorative pieces are monochromatic, select a wall hanging with dynamic personality.

4.       Decorate with washi tape

Sold with bright colors and patterns, washi tape is a valuable asset for crafters. For a fun project, cut out cardboard shapes and wrap it in the tape. Additionally, you can cover cheap frames with the washi tape to make pictures truly pop.

5.       Hang string lights

String lights not only provide a soft alternative to the harsh overhead illumination, but can draw attention to corners that you want to spotlight. While white bulbs will serve you regardless of the season, holiday-themed string lights automatically add festive cheer.

6.       Brighten your walls with removable wallpaper sheets and wall decals

This peel-and-stick wallpaper and decals come in different patterns and colors. The beauty is that, once it’s time to pack up for summer break, you can easily remove the decorative touches.  Though you may need to wipe away glue or stickiness from the wall, you won’t need to reapply a fresh coat of paint.

7.        Message boards

Turn to message boards for wall decorations that are practical. Many of these products are framed by eye-catching designs for a contemporary appeal. Plus, friends can leave humorous sentiments scribbled across the surface. Lightweight and easy to hang, message boards can be hung by desks, front doors or anywhere else you desire.

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