When I loaded the car full of my belongings my freshman year, I was almost certain I would 100% use everything I packed. I was wrong in so many ways, in fact, I brought wayyyyy too much. My dorm room was already small; and filling it full of stuff I didn’t need, made the space even more cramped. You only actually need a few things. Here are a few items I didn’t use my freshman year.
I see Brita Filter’s on almost every single college list, and to be honest, I used mine maybe four times the whole entire year. I was hardly ever home to be able to use it, so I usually got my water from a water fountain or the dining hall. If you’re going to use one, do it! But I don’t think it’s a necessity. I got along just fine without using mine almost the entire year.
Although I had a Keurig in my dorm room, I never made coffee in it because I could get free coffee in the dining hall anytime I wanted. Who wants to spend money on K-Cups when you can get free coffee! So my mugs in my room slowly began to gather dust.
Washing dishes in a dorm sink is really tedious work and especially cramped in those tiny sinks. Plastic silverware served my roommates and I so much better because we didn’t have to worry about washing dishes or where to store them after we rinsed them.
Since I’m a writing major, I wrote and read too many required papers and books to count, and I never really had time to read recreationally as it was. I brought maybe six or seven books with me and never opened a single one the entire year.
Okay, this one doesn’t exactly belong on the list because I did use my decorative pillows quite a lot. However, I don’t think I should’ve brought as many as I did. My dorm was so small that I had no place to put them when I slept! I suggest only bringing one or two and not bringing seven like I did unless you have a place to store them.
Most of my Clothes
I brought way too many clothes to college, and 75% of them I didn’t even wear. Make sure to really consider what you’re going to wear, and keep the rest at home.
Because my desk already had a built in light, I didn’t really need to use my lamp. Make sure you research what your dorm room already comes with so you don’t over buy.
I brought every single pair of shoes I had from home and only ended up wearing just a few pairs. Bring only a couple pairs when you first go down, and if you need more, you can always take a few back when you visit home for the holidays.
I imagined myself writing all these letters to send home to my parents and my friends. Turns out calling them is a lot easier than writing out a stack of letters. I brought three stationary sets to college and all of them were still untouched by the end of the year. Unless you’re a really committed pen pal, perhaps think about leaving all those extra envelopes and paper at home.
When I’m at home for the summer, I practically live in front of the TV. However, college is different. There isn’t a lot of down time to just chill out and relax, and if there is, you’d probably rather hang out with friends or go out and do something. I watched one series on TV the whole entire two semesters at college. I never watched any movies unless they were on Netflix. Although you may think you need to bring a TV down, you’ll probably be okay without it.
Every person is going to have different needs. Someone may be very religious about writing letters so stationary is a must. Perhaps a TV is necessary if you’re a movie geek. However, there are going to be some things that gather dust on your shelves. Make note of those items and if you aren’t using them, send them home! It makes packing up at the end of the year a lot easier.
What are some thing you didn’t use in college that you swore you’d need? Leave a comment down below!