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#FortOnFleek Challenge Infographic - Steps to Win $1000


TwinXL is proud to announce a new and exciting offer from DormBedding.com The $1000 #FortOnFleek Challenge Scholarship open to students across the country. As a fellow college linens provider, we understand the importance of education and want to spread awareness for institutions who support education in America.

The challenge asks students to build a fort out sheets and blankets and post a photo of their creation on Instagram or Facebook. Pretty easy, right? After they post a photo they must tag #FortOnFleek and @DormBedding in order to be entered into the contest. If students choose to tag their friends and one of their friends wins, that student gets $200!

The contest is open until September 15, so get building! We, as well as DormBedding.com, are excited to see all the submissions and hope we can make a difference in the lives of the winning student.

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Dorm Room Essentials - 2015 Edition!

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It's that time of the year again. High school students across the country have closed their books and are moving onto college. With summer in full swing and move-in date for freshman year fast approaching, you need to start thinking about what to bring to college and what to leave at home. This list of dorm room essentials will help you get started in making your dorm room more comfortable so you can focus on more important things... soaking up the summer sun!

Making the Most of Your Space

For most freshman students, moving into the dorms is a big adjustment. This is the first time you will be living on your own and many comforts from home are gone. One of the biggest obstacles in dorm life is learning to live in a small space with a lot of people! Therefore, it is important to maximize the most of the space you have!

Storage

Moving your whole life into a small room is tough, so creating storage space is a must! If your room doesn't come with a closet and dresser, these tips will help you pack your belongings with ease.

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An easy way to create space in a dorm room is to lift your bed. By lifting your bed, you open up all the space under the bed for storage. This makes room for clothing bins, sliding drawers, or even a shoe rack. We love this four-piece lifting set from Bed Bath & Beyond which provides two power outlets and USB outlets. Look for products like this when shopping as they add new function to an already existent part of the room!

Other space saving tricks like this include door hangers or organizers to use as a coat rack, hang towels, or organize shoes.

 

Keeping it Comfortable

While the dorm lifestyle may not be the most lavish way to live, making your space comfortable can make a small room much more enjoyable.

Bedding

The most important part of your room is the bed and you want this to be comfortable. It all starts with gathering the right bedding essentials. Keys to a good nights rest before your next big exam come down to a nice mattress pad, soft sheets, and cozy comforter. After you've gathered these essentials finish off the bed with soft pillows and a comfortable blanket.

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Twin XL's luxurious basket weave blankets make the perfect edition to any college student's bed.



Living in Style

Add some personality to your room by choosing a patterned comforter or rug. This is the first step to making your room feel like a home. Find these products an others at TwinXL.com

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Dorms Housing Problems

For college students, having a safe, comfortable place to live is an essential part of being able to focus and do good work in school. But whether it's a convenient on-campus dorm or an off-campus apartment, student housing presents challenges that students need to consider before they decide where to live each semester.


 One of the clearest problems in student housing is the need students have to find places to live that are close to campus. On-campus dormitories and apartments offer one solution, but many larger universities have so many students that auxiliary campuses and buses are the only way to provide enough accessible housing.

 High demand for student housing near urban campuses or large schools may cause real estate prices to rise, making nearby apartments and rental houses unaffordable for students. Off-campus housing also places the burden of paying for utility service and commuting to and from campus on the students themselves. For students who take out loans to fund an education, expensive dorms, which may also require students to buy a meal plan to eat on campus, add to graduation debt.

 Dorms are notorious for being cramped, and off-campus student apartments may be no better,
all houses and apartments near urban campuses have really high rent, that is why most of students may not have enough funds to rent them.  Moreover, if you decide to stay at off-campus apartments, you should be ready to pay for the utility service and commuting. Convenience and accessibility. This is the main problem, because students should find the housing place near the campus.

Security and safety. All students should understand: if they decide to live in off-campus apartments, they will lose the safety protection of campus security. That may encounter burglary and theft from their neighborhoods or roommates. Student housing may cause some problems with privacy, because there are a lot of people, who live in a limited place. They should be ready to share bathrooms, study lounges, kitchen and other places with their neighbors or roommates, if they decide to live in a campus.

The Board of Regents recently approved a four percent increase in on-campus housing rates and a five percent increase for meal plans. The money generated by the increase will go toward renovations of on-campus housing and cover the increasing cost of food. While I do understand that up keeping facilities is an important part of running a university, I cannot help being skeptical of the increase.










The Ins and the Outs of College Move in Day

 

 

You've planned for months, made countless trips to your local Target or Wal-Mart, texted your future roommate about a hundred times and now it's finally here. Move in day is probably the biggest mix of emotions you'll ever experience. Part of you cannot wait to get out on your own and tackle the challenges of the world, the other is still clinging to that small piece of childhood that still remains.



Although it is extremely important to plan, no amount of preparation can make this process easy, especially for first timers.

Plan Ahead


Always make sure you have some sort of checklist when buying room items and when packing them. There is no worse feeling than forgetting something extremely important on the counter-top and having to wait weeks for it to arrive in the mail. For those that are staying close to home this is less important, however you are going to be so busy those first few weeks you won't have time to take a quick trip home.

Another point of emphasis with packing, buy the small stuff on campus. "Small stuff" includes anything from staples to pencils. It will make it so much easier to buy the items you actually need rather than trying to squeeze an entire year of supplies into a box.

We always recommend doing a trial pack-up of whatever vehicle you will be taking. Don't wait for the day of to try and fit everything. This reduces a ton of stress and focuses on the excitement of the day and less on the anxiety that everything will fit.



Timing is Everything


Most schools have designated move in times. Although it is important to follow these, allow yourself time to get through lines, check-ins etc. If any advice can be taken from this post it is to be the first roommate there. The first roommate has essentially all the power on what goes where, what bed to take, which closet space is theirs, etc.

Although if you are the first ones there, we recommend having your parents wait for the others to arrive. This is somebody your child will be living with for the next nine months so it would be nice to establish some sort of relationship with their parents and exchange contact information.

Start Unpacking


Try your best to follow the procedures given to you and always accept help from students assisting with move in. This will not only save lots of time but it helps ease your mind with the help of someone who's been in your shoes previously.

Always start with the big appliances. Those photos and small decorations you can save for the student and their new roommate to set-up. Dads make sure you bring a set of tools because there is always something that needs to be done with the TV, refrigerator, microwave or something alike. Duct tape is a must.

If you're moving in a boy you might just want to make his bed for him one last time because chances are they have no idea the proper way to put on a top sheet, fitted sheet and mattress pad the way he had it at home. The room is now considered your home and you have the right to set it up however you feel. Get creative and move the desks and dressers around to maximize every bit of space you have in that tiny room.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye


Now mom... do not forget to pack at least two boxes of Kleenexes because your little boy or girl has now taken their first steps into adulthood on their own. It is perfectly normal on your way out to shed a few tears. Look to your right, then your left and I guarantee you see about six or seven moms doing the same thing. Also, dad don't try and act like it doesn't affect you because we all know you're hurting on the inside too.

Just a reminder not to hang around too long. Your student is probably itching to get out and make new friends so don't keep them in your grasp too long. Let them enjoy this first feeling of freedom and remind them to call every night (You'll be lucky to get a call once a week). You've worked hard the past 18 years for this moment so enjoy it as much as you can.