Moving a student to school – 5 bathroom organizing tips

Make everything as portable as possible.   It may have been a while since your child had to share a bathroom and/or not had a bathroom attached to their bedroom.  Here are some tips.

1. Have a basket for transporting all shower items from their room to the bathroom. The basket should have ventilation so it will dry out and not get moldy.

Make it portable

Make it portable

Use a well ventilated container

Use a well ventilated container

Shower organizer that hooks on the shower bar

Shower organizer that hooks on the shower bar


2. In some residence, the students need to supply toilet paper.  Extra supplies can be stored under the bed. Send all shower essentials shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving, etc in a convenient portable size.

Use small bottles in the shower store extras under the bed

Use under the bed storage for extra supplies

3.  Include over the door hooks that the student can use to hang their towel while showering so it is convenient and use in their room to hang the towel to dry.

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4. Send a bathrobe.  They may not use one at home but might find it useful at residence.  Pack one that they will wear not one that has been around for a long time.

5. Send 2 bath sheets and 2 or 3 hand towels and 2 washcloths. Don’t send red towels that will turn a load of laundry pink, if they wash their towels.

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  1. I’m laughing about a red towel. I think every college student has run at least one load with a new red item and ended up ruining it. Especially if your student isn’t particularly “clean,” consider sending old towels that they can abandon at the end of the year.

  2. I’m also laughing at the red towel. When I first met my husband he had a whole collection of pink towels, hahaha. We keep one as a backup for the memories and a giggle. Great tips!

    • It is good you can laugh about it. My sister told me to have a red towel or dark coloured towel in the bathroom near the backdoor. When children got hurt and were bleeding they couldn’t see the blood on the towel and they wouldn’t panic.

  3. With the pandemic, some college students aren’t on campus yet. But for those that are, your list has terrific suggestions. I remember once when my mom put a red towel in the laundry and it turned all of my dad and brother’s underwear pink. They got new underwear that year! 🙂

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