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11 new college dorm room essentials

Moving away from home and into a dorm can be both exhilarating and scary. But just because you’ve got a room of your own doesn’t meant you can’t bring some  comforts with you. From cozy blankets and clever storage pieces that keep clutter at bay to special small touches that let you be yourself, we’ve rounded up the best ways to keep homesickness at bay — and stay organized to boot.

Home Expressions Down Alternative Throw With Tote

This cheerful Home Expressions Down Alternative Throw with
Photo Credit: JCPenney

This cheerful Home Expressions Down Alternative Throw with Tote is cozy enough for curling up under, but it's also easy to transport for sleepovers, or to the laundry, or back home for the holidays. $54 at jcpenney.com.

Swag Pendant Novelty Ceiling Lights Wood

Shine a little light where you need it
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Shine a little light where you need it with this Swag Pendant Novelty Ceiling Lights Wood by Room Essentials. The battery-powered LED light can hang anywhere and features a 43-inch fabric cord. Runs on 3 AAA batteries (not included). $7.99 at target.com and select Target stores.

Wayclean Deluxe Broom with Dustpan

Dust is distracting. Keep your dorm room tidy
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Dust is distracting. Keep your dorm room tidy with the Wayclean Deluxe Broom with Dustpan. The broom has an extra-large angled head, and easily converts to a whisk for smaller jobs. $14.99 at casabella.com.

Felt Letter Board with Exchangeable Letters

This Felt Letter Board with Exchangeable Letters is
Photo Credit: Pier 1 Imports

This Felt Letter Board with Exchangeable Letters is perfect for leaving notes for roommates, reminders to do homework or words of encouragement. The 8-by-10-inch board is made from fir and cotton and comes with a sawtooth hanger. $14.95 at pier1.com and select Pier 1 Imports stores

Castell Faux Leather Wall Storage

Don't just leave your things lying around. Pick
Photo Credit: Grandin Road

Don't just leave your things lying around. Pick up after yourself and store workbooks, magazines, soda bottles and extra towels in this hanging Castell Faux Leather Wall Storage unit. Part of an exclusive Bright.Bazaar Collection by Will Taylor, the holder features a brass ring hanger. Available as of July 16. $89 at grandinroad.com.

Black and White Polka Dots Sheets

Dorm beds can be cozy. Bring these Black
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Dorm beds can be cozy. Bring these Black and White Polka Dots sheets with you and sleep sweetly in 300-thread-count long-staple cotton. From $30 at craneandcanopy.com.

Slakt storage

Make your space comfy and organized with this
Photo Credit: Inter IKEA Systems/Per Liedberg

Make your space comfy and organized with this rolling Slakt Storage seat section. The 24-inch-square seat comes in goes-with-everything gray and features locking casters. $89 at ikea.com and in select IKEA stores.

Footboard Bedside Organizer Caddy

Need extra space for your books and shoes?
Photo Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond/Jeff Harmon

Need extra space for your books and shoes? This two-piece Footboard Bedside Organizer Caddy hangs from your bed and keeps everything close, from phones to homework. The 70-inch-long set comes in gray or blue and is made from polyester. $19.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com and in select Bed Bath & Beyond stores.

Under Bunk Clothing Bar

Missing your roomy closet at home? Add extra
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Missing your roomy closet at home? Add extra closet space to your dorm room with this Under Bunk Clothing Bar. The adjustable bar stretches from 27 to 44 inches, is designed to fit under most lofted beds, and it's the perfect size for shirts and sweaters. Made from steel and cotton. $39 at pbteen.com.

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