Back to School In Style: 10 Super Cute Dorm Essentials

It's that time of the year again - back to school season. With the fall semester for many students across the world already about to start, everyone is in a rush to be campus ready. While dorms can be small and basic, the items you choose to bring in can help liven and brighten a room, making it your home away from home. Whether you're a freshman or a returning student, Here are 10 stylish recommendations that are perfect for decking out any boring dorm room.
Peaches Duvet Set, Urban Outfitters, $59

Spend your semester feeling peachy with a matching duvet and pillowcase set. Matching your sheets, comforter, and pillowcase will bring a unified look to your room, while letting you express your personality.
RASKOG Utility Cart, IKEA, $29.99

Whether it's books, art supplies, food, or something else you're bringing along, a utility cart is a great way to store extra stuff that might not fit in drawers or that you might want to show off. Carts with wheels like the RASKOG from IKEA are even better - getting it in and out on your move-in and move-out days is a million times easier.

Self-care is important, especially when you're stressed. What better way to de-stress than some aromatherapy? Many colleges don't allow candles for safety reasons, so essential oils are a great substitute. Not only will your room smell great, but essential oils are also great for treating sleeplessness, increasing circulation, and boosting memory. 
Wooden Study System, PBTeen, $79

A dry erase board, pin board, and paper organizing system, all in one? A great idea, if you ask me. A dry erase board is great for writing down reminders, especially if you're like me and tend to forget things if they're not written up in plain sight. A pin board is great for hanging up photos and other keepsakes without ruining them with tape.
1.5 ft. LED Desk Lamp, Amazon, $22.94

Dorm room lighting is more often than not terrible, so a desk lamp is a must. This particular lamp from Amazon is adjustable and comes in 5 different colors.

A laundry basket with handles is a life savior getting to and from the laundry room, and a cute laundry basket is a plus. 
Leaf Throw Pillow, Dormify, $24

Okay, so some people aren't into throw pillows, but personally, if you looked into any room on my floor during my freshman year, there was nothing but throw pillows, and I stand by it 100%. A comfortable bed means a comfortable place to study, a cute space to socialize, and a good night's sleep. 

I found out the hard way back during my first semester of college that desks are way too small to do your makeup on, study on, and display stuff on all at once - but a mirror with trays like this one tackles that challenge with ease. 
Profile Step Trash Can, Urban Outfitters, $24

A trash bin - which, for some reason, most colleges don't seem to provide - is an obvious necessity! A small bin like this one that you can keep under your desk solves having to bring paper scraps all the way to a community kitchen or bathroom just to toss out.

Pretty much every student seems to have some kind of variation of Christmas lights... but for good reason, they can easily match any kind of decorating style and bring some cheer to any room.