Dorm Room: Southern Style

Moving into a new place can be both an exhilarating and frightening experience, so it's good to be prepared for anything! Whether you're off to college to move into a cramped dorm room, a fancy loft, a studio apartment, or your first home, check out these tips, sites and essentials to make your living place feel like a home...which is the Southern Style.

Checklist
Here is a basic guideline checklist to get you started. If this one doesn't seem to fit your needs perfectly, use it as a template for your own! Making a checklist of what you need, what you have and what you have to buy is a really great first step in moving.

Appliances

When it comes to buying appliances there are plenty of factors that come into play: price, convenience, look, practicality, etc. When I went shopping for my dorm/apartment, I went to Walmart and grabbed things that were in my price range and that's all that I looked for. This made my wallet happy, but I wasn't all that surprised when my microwave crapped out on me half way into the school year--not dissing Walmart microwaves by any stretch of the imagination, I just didn't check ahead to see the wattage compatibilities from the microwave to my room! Who'da thunk? Keep a few factors in mind when shopping for your home.
Important Before You Buy Appliances Tips

Appliances You May Need to Consider:
Major Appliances-
-Washing machine
-Dryer
-Refrigerator
-Dish washer

Other Appliances-
-Toaster
-Microwave
-Toaster oven
-Coffee maker
-Blender
-Juicer
-Crock pot
-Food Saver Sealer

Tech Appliances-
When it comes to shopping for tech, make sure these purchases aren't made on a whim. Do a bit of research before selecting these items, especially to see if you can get student discounts and such.
-Laptop
-Desktop computer
-Speakers
-DSLR camera
-Cell phone
-Television
-DVD player
-Blu Ray player

Shopping for Appliances in Stores:
Walmart
HH Gregg
Best Buy
Home Depot or Lowes
Sears
Target
Home Goods
BJs
Costco

Shopping for Appliances Online:
Amazon
Walmart
Target
Overstock
US Appliance
AJ Madison
ABT 

Kitchenware

The kitchen can arguably be one of the most important implements of any living space--especially southern style. So, whether you are cramming into a dorm room that doesn't even have a counter top let alone a kitchen, or a house complete with a six place stove and oven, these tips should help!
Setting Up a Functional Kitchen
Kitchen Essentials Guide

Stores:
Home Goods
Target
Walmart
Sears
Ikea
Kitchen Kapers

Bakeware:
Casserole dishes
Baking pans
Mixing bowl
Mixer
Hand mixer
Tablespoon/teaspoon set
Measuring cups (dry)
Measuring cups (wet)
Rubber spatula
Oven mitts
Pot holders
Cooling racks
Baking stone

Cookware:
Whisk
Spatula
Mixing spoon
Serving spoon
Ladle
Pots
Pans
Skillet
Tongs
Ceramic bowl
Microwave safe items
Cutting/carving knives
Cutting board
Tupperware

Silverware:
Forks
Spoons
Knives

Eatware:
Bowls
Plates
Cups
Mugs

Other:
Dish towels
Place mats
Broom
Swiffer
Dust pan
Trash can
Sponges
Dish soap
Spice rack
Paper towels
Drying rack

Living Room

Even in a small dorm you may find that you have some type of common area or living room. This is kind of like a second bedroom that you share with the world--what the heck does that mean?! Well, this room is a homey reflection of how you feel about your home and how you would like your guests to feel while they are in your home. This is a fun room to decorate, furnish and have fun in.

Stores:
Target
Walmart
Ikea
Home Goods
Five Below
Ashley Home Furniture
Raymour & Flannigan

Online:
Target
Walmart
Ikea
Amazon
Overstock
Wayfair
Rooms to Go
Hayneedle

Furniture:
Couch
TV
Entertainment center
Storage (cabinets, drawers, table/shelf hybrid, etc)

The most important thing you can do for your house/dorm/apartment is to make it a home. Surround yourself with your comforts, memories and the necessities, and you'll be okay.  

 

 

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