It’s almost that time again! Although this year back to school, college
dorm / apartment life will seem quite different from years past, there are still
some basic necessities you will probably want to have on hand.
You’re certainly going to need an assortment of batteries. It’s a good
idea to make a list of all the sizes you know you will need but it’s also a
good idea to stock up on some of the other common sizes too;
AAA, AA, C, D & 9 volt. You never know what size battery
you may need. For instance smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
alarms often take 9 volt batteries where as battery operated lights,
remotes & video game controllers often take AA or AAA batteries.
#2 Flash Light
You never know when the power is gonna go out—or when you might need
a flash light! It comes in handy when digging in a drawer, trying to
find something in the back of a dark closet or looking for “monsters”
under the bed (just seeing if you were paying attention :). You can never
have too many flash lights as far as I’m concerned. I put them all over
the place; in the kitchen, bathroom, car, basement…
#3 Tool Kit
If you haven’t already started purchasing some basic tools, now is the time to do so! A basic set of tools like at flat head &/or Phillips head screwdriver, utility knife, hammer, small set of pliers, scissors and a tape measure will get you started. You can always add more pieces as you go; a set of multi-bit screwdrivers, a small level or maybe an adjustable wrench? The point is that a “basic” tool set is invaluable.
#5 Adhesive Strips
Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
All campus photos were taken at
Temple University – Main Campus Philadelphia, PA.
There you have it; my 5 best “back to campus” buys.
Here are a few ideas that didn’t make the list but still come in handy:
1. Colored key covers – so you know which key goes to which lock.
2. Bed risers – that way the space under the bed can be used for storage.
3. Storage with wheels – any box, bin or cart with wheels is an improvement over one with out.
4. Fold up storage containers – that way you can fold it up and put it away when not in use.
Adding trim and other embellishments to store bought window
treatments, pillows and accessories is an easy way to transform your
“mass produced” pieces into unique, one of a kind decor.
Here we machine stitched some blue & khaki striped fabric into ribbon like strips and added a fun peach
color pom-pom trim to these Waverly curtains. I love the punch of color and sense of whimsy that they add
to the already flavorful panels! These embellishments would work well on pillows too.
Now I realize this look may not be for everyone; not everyone wants pom poms on their window treatments & pillows
but by changing up the trim &/ or fabric selections, the possibilities are endless.
If you desire a more traditional look, you could add trim as a border or
frame a few inches in from the panels edge or pillows edge similar
to the curtains pictured above.
These trims would create a tailored sophisticated look
to any solid colored curtain panel.
Try combining more than one trim together for instance these
two used together would create a Boho vibe.
I’m only giving you examples of using one or more types of trim together but, if
you mixed fabrics & fringes with those trims like we did on our curtain
panels, you can really add a lot of color, texture & style. You can
really add your own personality!
Paint is by far the most cost effective and dramatic change you can make to a space. That’s not to say that having a room painted is inexpensive; but dollar for dollar, paint will make the biggest transformation for your buck! You can go from dark to light, from neutral to colorful, from cool to warm; what ever you want. Think about it; you can have a space painted, put back all of the original furnishings and you’ll end up with a completely new room! It’s amazing what a difference it can make.