It’s hard to believe we will be dropping our youngest, Allison, off at college in just a few short weeks.  Decorating a college dorm room is something we have not had the pleasure of doing yet. Our oldest went to cosmetology school and  lived at home during that time. But Allison will be going away to the University of Missouri aka Mizzou.

We have been busy preparing for the move and picking up a few items here and there, but the list seems never ending.  Dorm rooms present special challenges, so we’ve been researching dorm ideas on the web this summer and made a pinterest Dorm Room board where Allison and I have been collecting ideas.

As timing would have it, Wayfair – the online store that offers the largest selection of home furnishings and decor across all styles and price points, is having a HUGE college back to school sale thru Sept 1, 2014 and they asked if we would like to do a little shopping and share some of our favorites with my readers.   So, I put together some Fun and Essential items for the Dorm Room that we fell in love with.  Then later next month, after we get her all moved in, I’ll share pictures of her room, and tell you about the whole process!

Whether you (or your child) choose to live in beautiful chaos or complete organization……bright and chic or a clean and simple…..Wayfair has the basics essentials and lots of fun decor to help make a dorm room (or bedroom) their own!
Allison has not decided on a color scheme for her room yet (she will be meeting her roommate this weekend!) but we both thought this orange, yellow and green with gray was fun and trendy.

Get Dorm Room Ready with these fun and essential items. Details at

Shop Dorm Room Ready

      1. Rug
      2. Fleece Throw
      3. Orange Botanica Wall Art 
      4. Cube Ottoman
      5. Umbra Mosh Desk Picture Frame
      6. Table Lamp
      7. Yellow Nesting Tote
      8. Tower Fan
      9. Vinyl Peel and Stick Chalkboard Mural
      10. Sterilite 5 Drawer Storage Unit
      11. Mid-Back Task Chair
      12. Bed Risers
      13. Vintage Wall Sticker
      14. EZ Fold Step Stool
      15. “I Love This Place” Decorative Pillow
      16. Green Garden Stool
      17. Microwave
      18. Hangers


I’m so excited for her!  The new experiences, new challenges, meeting new people, and the first time being away from home! It’s a world of opportunity and can’t wait for her to experience it all!

A few more college and dorm room posts you might want to read……

The Dorm Room Decor Series at The Homemade Home

The College “Don’t Forget” Packing List at The College Prepster


The great folks at Wayfair would like to give one lucky TidyMom reader a $100 gift card towards back to school supplies!!  Wayfair has such a huge selection so I have no doubt you’ll find something you’ll want and need for back to school.


  1. leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what is (or was when you were in school) your favorite item to buy for back to school
  2. Then simply complete the steps in the giveaway widget below. Personal information will not be shared or used for any kind of mailing list, it’s simply used by me to select and contact the winner.


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Disclaimer:  I have a working relationship with Wayfair, but all views and opinions are my own.