As move-in rapidly approaches and you begin stocking up for college, keep in mind a list of essentials that will help you immeasurably throughout the year. Whether they serve to make your space more fabulous, or to help you stay organized, I recommend  the following shopping list (take heed, this advice is coming from a shopping-obsessed senior!)

The first essential is bedding. Not only do you actually need this, but your whole room will revolve around it. In small space, your bed will be the center of your universe. The color palette, accessories, etc. will all be based on the bedding. I personally love bright bedding, so this vibrant ikat bedding from Dormify’s California Girl collection is my favorite:

All of the bedding collections are 10% off right now, so get shopping!

The second essential is a good planner! Punch dates into your Blackberry or computer all you want, but there’s nothing like a little hand-written organization to keep you in the know and on time. Include some fashionable notebooks and school supplies, and you’re ready for class!

Check out these and other desk essentials (such as a desk lamp – always a good idea) here!

Now, onto the bathroom. Your room wont be complete without a standout shower curtain to take the dorm bathroom from drab to fab. And please don’t forget a case for toiletries – when space is limited, anything that organizes items is your best friend!

Finally, don’t forget to sprinkle in the little details that will give the room life and personality! I love wall decor and other fun details, such as the new awesome poufs in the must-have section!

You can find all of these essentials and more on Dormify. Good luck with your first year!