Dorm Essentials: The 4-Drawer Storage Cart

If we were forced to name the ONE most useful dorm/apartment college essential (aside from a laptop,) it would have to be this basic 4-drawer storage cart. You can find it practically anywhere, Target, Wal-Mart, Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond…pick your favorite.
There are so many ways to use these carts. They can serve as […]

Project Green Dorm Make Over Contest

Teens Turning Green (TTG,) has launched Project Green Dorm to encourage college-age teenagers and young adults to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Included in the project is the Green Dorm Makeover Contest. Contestants create their own green dorm dream room on Pinterest (see here for an example.) Prizes include gift cards from Whole Foods and eBay Green […]

College Apartments: Modular Nomad Furniture

Near and dear to the hearts of us Practical College Moms is promoting young entrepreneurs who cleverly solve a problem they encountered as students. Items like the Pivot Power and the Scribe Modular Desk (featured in both Target and Bed Bath and Beyond’s college catalogs this year) come to mind.
Last week we were contacted by […]

Moving Out of the College Apartment: Find Cheap Boxes

As owners of a small business that helps people downsize and move, and authors of the book, Organize, Pack, Move!, we know a thing or two about how to make packing and moving easier. Here are tips we share with our own kids:
The first thing most students do when they know they are moving is […]

Dorm Room Essentials: Brita Slim Pitcher

One of the things our college kids complained about in the dorms was the taste of the water and the cost of buying bottled water (which quickly adds up.) We discovered early on that a regular sized filtered water pitcher does not fit in a small dorm-sized refrigerator. Fortunately there is a cheap fix, the […]

Graduation Gift Idea: Scribe

Lectures about developing strong study skills by studying at a desk notwithstanding, in our experience, the majority of college kids do a lot of their studying in bed. That’s why we love this innovative  modular portable desk designed by a student for students.
The desk has two sides, one for working on the computer and the […]

Graduation Gift Idea: Pivot Power

The Pivot Power cord outlet is one of those genius inventions that makes one say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This outlet would make a fabulous high school graduation gift for any student, whether they are heading off to college or pursuing other dreams.
The cool thing about the Pivot Power is that is twists […]

Graduation Gift Idea: Kitchen Knives

Sometimes finding just the right gift for a college graduate is not as easy as you want it to be, especially if you’re looking for something that conveys a message of celebrating growing up and moving on.
An easy, much appreciated gift for a graduating “foodie,” who has been making do with college apartment/roommate kitchenware for […]

Container Store $1000 Dorm Makeover Sweepstakes

Look out moms of college kids. Outfitting your student for college life gets expensive. According to the National Retail Federation, in 2011 families spent an average of $800 on back-to-school supplies (electronics, dorm set-up, clothing, personal care items and more.)
That’s why it’s worth checking out Container Store’s $1000 Dorm Room Makeover Sweepstakes. Yes, you do have […]

Extremely Practical High School Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation season will soon be upon us. Between the two of us, we’ve  been through five high school graduations and definitely  have an opinion or two (what else is new?) about gifts for grads. Basically there are 3 options:
What kid doesn’t like to receive cash? It’s easy. Write a check, pop it in a […]