Getting Your College Bound Kids Dorm Ready

So my son is going off to college for the first time to study Business. I have mixed emotions about all of it, for two reasons.

One, I’m excited for his journey and where life will take him from here. He’s going to LOVE college. He’s a lot like his mama. He likes to have fun. (Sometimes too much.) But, he also knows how to buckle down and take life seriously when needed.

Two, I’m a little sad because he’s my last baby. He’ll be the one to make us empty-nesters. I keep hearing that I will love this stage of life. My husband and I are finally free to go and do whatever we want. But right now, all I can think about is the silence that will soon take over my home. It’s going to take me a minute to adjust.

I’ve been here before. Moving one of my children into the dorm. My daughter will be a senior at the Oklahoma School of Nursing this coming Fall. She will graduate as an RN in May, 2022. Her plans are to go on to get her doctorate as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). I have zero doubt that she will accomplish her goals. She’s very driven.

I remember her leaving, like it was yesterday. I cried for days. I was excited for her journey as well, but it just didn’t seem natural leaving my child somewhere so new and strange. I think if someone had told me how often she would be home, I would have been able to handle it better in the beginning.

She’s my baby too. And she comes home to see her mama…a lot . Which I love. But, I wonder…will my son do the same? Only time will tell.

For now, I find myself here once again. Getting one of my children ready for college. With that comes getting him ready for the dorm. What I learned the first time is that girls need A LOT of stuff. (Too much stuff.) It was almost embarrassing the amount of things my daughter and her three college friends moved in to one, tiny space. Boys…way different!

So as I get my son ready, I thought I would blog about all of the things we found essential for the dorm. And, I’ve even listed out the things I’d recommend for a boy-themed room. You can always switch up the colors for the girls.

I hope it helps.

And for all of you moms and dads out there…don’t worry. They’ll be home. Whether it be for food, laundry, or money…they’ll be back. In the meantime, cry in their beds if you want. Date your spouse again. Take little getaways in the middle of the week, if you can. Go. Do. You’ve earned it. You’ve worked hard to get your kids to this point. You’ve done good. Now, go reward yourself for a job well done.


Heather B

P.S. Here are all links to all items I suggest for the dorm:

Comforter Set:

Twin XL Dorm Sheets

Recommendation: Get two sets for easy changing

Memory Foam Mattress Topper:

Mattress Protector

Laundry Hamper

Power Strip

Laundry Detergent

Shower Curtain

Shower Curtain Liner

Shower Curtain Rings

Bath Mat

Room Rug

Dorm Fridge

Call/Text Your Mom Throw Pillows

First Aid Kit

Toilet Brush

Table Lamp

Bath Towels/Washcloth


Over Toilet Storage

Over Door Shoe Hanger

Bathroom Storage

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