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While the winter semester is ending for some students, the summer semester is just beginning for others.

 Dorm Room Checklist

Every student brings some possessions with them when they move into their dorm rooms. Some students seem to pack their entire homes with them, while others seem to bring not much more than a few sets of spare clothing.

You don’t want to be under-prepared, otherwise you’ll spend a semester or more being unable to do some of the things you would have if you had packed properly, or you might buy the item that you’re missing and end up with two such items instead.

However if you bring too much with you, you’ll have to move it all out again at the end of the year and risk being stuck with a pile of clutter in your likely small space.

You could call Junk It! to get rid of all your unwanted items at the end of your school year, or you could simply pack smart and bring all the necessities you’ll need this year, and nothing more.

We’ve provided a list below of the things that you’ll most likely need during your time in the dorms.

Kitchen Essentials

If you’re living in a shared space, you may want to coordinate with your roommate(s) or housemate(s) on what to bring so you don’t end up with too many of the same items. On the other hand, living arrangements can change throughout the year, so it’s a good idea to have your own essentials.

If you’re not much of a cook, you may want to bring less but if you’re the type of make all your meals from scratch, you’ll want to pack everything you’re likely to use:

  • coffee mugs
  • a few sets of bowls and plates
  • water pitcher
  • can opener
  • knife
  • spatula turner
  • dish washing liquid
  • garbage bags
  • a few glasses
  • paper towels
  • garbage bin
  • dish scrubber
  • a few sets of spoons, knives, and forks


While futon surfing may be the college norm for some, smarter students know that sleeping comfortably can be achieved with just a few essentials:

  • bed sheets and pillowcases
  • blanket
  • duvet cover
  • pillow

Cleaning Supplies

Your dorms may provide you with certain items, so if you’re hoping to spend less in opening school year purchases, check with the dorm coordinator for things like:

  • broom and dust pan
  • mop and bucket
  • toilet brush
  • cleaning sprays and detergents

Personal Hygiene and Bathroom Essentials

  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • razor
  • shower curtain
  • bath mat
  • other toiletries as needed

Classroom Supplies

Depending on your major, you’ll have different necessary supplies. However these essentials are usually standard across the educational board:

  • lined paper
  • binders
  • computer
  • printer
  • printer paper
  • pen and pencil

As you can tell by now, meeting your needs requires quite a bit, so when it comes time to dispose of it, call Junk It! for a fast and easy clean up.

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