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5 Things I Wish I Had Brought Less of to College

        With the fact that I will be back in my college town and happily back in my dorm room here in a little over a week I thought that I would begin a new series of blog posts that I’m actually super excited about writing. So, here goes the first post of the College Series!!!!
        To be completely frank with all of you lovely people, when I first went off to college I only had a basic understanding of what I actually needed to bring, and I ended up with things that I didn’t use, or I ended up having to go buy things. So to save time and money here are some things that you might not want to overdo when you go off to college.
1.     
           Don’t overdo the food:



               When I got back from college and my mom was helping me finish packing up so I could go back home, I noticed one very important thing. I had so much food left over. Now, I am a pretty big snack person, so it wasn’t like I hadn’t eaten anything I’d bought, but I had quite a bit of stuff that hadn’t gotten eaten, and to tell you the truth, most of it probably still isn’t gone.
Instead, when you go back to school shopping for food for your dorm room, try to go with the less is more approach. Yes, you probably will need to get some kind of food for your dorm room, the Cafeteria isn’t going to be open all the time. (Unless you go to school in some magical land where it is open all the time, in which case, I just might consider transferring there!) However, you need to be smart about it. For example, and this is speaking from my experience, if you aren’t a huge breakfast eater, it honestly does not make any sense to have a whole lot of breakfast foods just lying around.
My advice is to get a few basic things to tie you off and then add slowly as you go if you start wanting to have something on hand. Trust me though, going overboard on the snacks before you even start college and especially as you go through the semester, does nothing good for your wallet or your waistline. (Again, speaking from complete and total experience.)

2.     Kitchen Items:


Different dorms have different rules, so this is going to be different for everyone, but the only things that you really need are a microwave, a fridge, and I’d suggest something like a Keurig. I’m not a coffee drinker, but my roommate’s one was a big life saver if I needed hot water for my tea or needed hot water for a cup of ramen noodles. If you want some smaller items that don’t take a lot of space and can be easily stored away, that’s going to be fine too, I’m not going to pretend that the when I go back to college I’m only going to have a microwave and fridge in my room. However, for the sake of using your very limited space as well as you can, I suggest that you go with the less is more approach again. This goes with your better judgment though, if you think you aren't going to use it, chances are you won't.
3.     
        School Supplies

Now, I know that college doesn’t exactly give you a school supply list, but trust me unless you’re some super organized, needs a different set of things for each class kind of person, you probably aren’t going to need a lot of supplies. (Get lots of pencils and pens though, those pesky little suckers straight up disappear when you’re not looking).
My suggestion is to get just the basics, some folders, notebooks, pens, and pencils, and maybe a binder or two. This, of course, will change if a professor has specific things that you need for their class. This isn’t to say that you can’t have other items, but try to stay away from things that you never use. College is all about becoming who you want to be, but if you’ve never used a filing cabinet, there’s probably no point in trying to get used to using one in college in your dorm room where every square inch is precious space. My point with this portion isn’t to tell you to not be prepared for your classes, but to only start off with the basics and then if you want to or need to you can add on later.
4.       
    Only Bring What You're Going to Wear......

Now, this is not one of those deals where I tell you to only bring things based on what season it is, because to tell you the truth, other than the transition from shorts to jeans/sweatpants I pretty much wear the same items all year round, unless they’re specifically just for that season. This is to address a problem that I have, and I’m seriously hoping that I am not the only one, because it honestly bothers me and I really need to fix it. My problem is that I bring a whole lot of clothes when I move into a new place when in all actuality I don’t end up wearing over half of it. Due to weight gain, and the fact that I haven’t gone shopping for a whole lot of new clothes over the past few years means that I don’t have a whole lot of things that fit me, yet I still feel the need to latch onto things that I don’t even wear or worse can’t even wear. I ended up with drawers that were stuffed in my dorm room with clothes that I wasn’t even wearing. Now I’m not saying that you need to just throw them away. However, I’m planning on going through my clothes before I go back and only packing what actually fits me and what I actually feel good about wearing.
My advice is to try and do the same thing if all else fails unless you’re going to college far away from home, in which case this doesn’t really apply to you, you can always just grab some more things when you decide to go back home for the weekend or something. Square inches are precious space though and you seriously don’t want to abuse it.
5.          
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R.      Random Miscellaneous Items
This part is dedicated to all of the random items that I bought and brought that just took up space in my dorm room and caused me to have even less space. These items can be anything so it’s going to take your own judgment if you want to be successful at it, and trust me you aren’t going to be completely perfect. However, if you’re going to take something or buy something and you’re having to do some serious thinking about bringing it, it might be better to not get it or to just leave it at home for the time being.

This blog post has one main point and that is that trust me you’ll want to have as much space as possible. I hope that everyone has a great and wonderful time in college this coming semester, whether you’re already there or fixing to go back like me!
 I had so much fun writing this blog post and I am so sorry for the fact that I haven’t updated the blog in a while, but I plan on getting back into the groove of things and updating on a more scheduled basis. The days when I upload are going to be every Wednesday at 4 and every Saturday at 6 Central Daylight Time. This isn’t set in stone though so if something comes up that causes me to not be able to upload I, unfortunately, won’t be able too. If you want to be notified of when I upload new blog posts you can subscribe to my blog or you can follow me on:
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Baleigh

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