Welcome back! I hope you survived the weekend! With the start of school only a few short weeks away, it is time to start thinking about what you need for the upcoming year before you move into your new home. I had quite the surprise last week when I realized that I now have four weeks till I move in and quite the list of things to do before then.
I have made a list, which I will share with you, of what I will be buying before moving in. Keep in mind this list is by no means exhaustive and I am a returning student, so I have a lot of what I need already. Most of the list is things I want, not need, so remember that as well. Anyway, here’s my list.
I’m in a smaller room this year (though also a single room) and so I have decided to loft my bed. Lofting your bed adds a lot of extra floor space for storage, sitting space, or anything else you want to use it for. I’m renting from bedloft.com because Indiana State has a partnership with them and it is the most convenient offer for me (not a bad price either). Your school has to be on their approved list though, so you may want to look elsewhere if you are outside of the area.
I have been eyeing a futon on Wal-Mart’s shelf for months now, and once I get that bedloft set up, I will have plenty of room to slide that futon right underneath it (and likely still have some spare room for storage). It is nothing extraordinary, but it works and on nights when I can’t be bothered to climb into bed, I can foresee myself crashing on the futon and sleeping just fine.
In addition to having a smaller and single room this year, I am also living farther away from the main part of campus and my classes are all spread out (with only 15 minutes between each one). Because of this, I have decided to purchase a bike which is something I didn’t do this year. I haven’t decided which one to get, it is quite overwhelming with the amount of choices, but I have my eye on a white one. Of course, I don’t want it stolen, so I found a nice bike lock (with a key, so the combination can’t be reset).
BEDDING PACK FROM RESIDENCE HALL LINENS FOR $200
My bedding from last year is a mess and I am not exactly thrilled about using it again this year (it wasn’t in the best quality to start with). Like with bedloft.com, I am choosing RHL because they also have a partnership with the school. $200 may seem steep, but with it comes 2 complete bedding sets, towel sets, a hamper and other smaller items. It will complete my list of room necessities.
When moving out in May, my old microwave fell off the cart (as I was wheeling out of the elevator) and it broke. Therefore, it is necessary to get another one! Luckily, I found one for free. But if you need one, Wal-Mart will start to have sales on this and any other dorm room supplies very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for the deals!
I didn’t even have my own fridge last year, my roommate brought it, and so now I need my own. Lowe’s is having a sale (so the price will change later) and $90 is a great price. I specifically wanted a fridge that had at least some freezer space as well, which the one I used last year did not have. I don’t keep much in a fridge throughout the year, but it is nice to have for when I do need it.
BOOKS FROM AMAZON FOR $98
This semester I need four textbooks, and luckily I found them all on Amazon for a great price of less than $100. I will be talking more about books in the coming days, so I will leave it at that for now.
What is on your shopping list? Have you started thinking about what to bring yet?