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 residences, 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 useful 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. Janet Barclay on September 21, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I don’t think all these products existed when I lived in residence (many moons ago). I wish I could remember how I transported all my stuff back and forth!

    • Julie Stobbe on September 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      I didn’t live in residence. When my kids went to University it was hard to find any container with handles that had holes for drainage and air ventilation

  2. Seana Turner on September 21, 2020 at 8:52 am

    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.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      I like the suggestion to send old towels and then abandon it or put it in textile recycling. New is not always the right answer.

  3. Diane N. Quintana on September 21, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Like Seana, I’ve seen my share of red towel disasters! That’s great advice as is the ventilated shower caddy.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      It is fun to hear from so many people who have red towel stories.

  4. Melanie on September 21, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    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!

    • Julie Stobbe on September 23, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      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.

  5. Linda Samuels on September 21, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Julie Stobbe on September 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      I put a red item in with a new grey ski jacket and ended up with a lovely purple jacket. Red clothing is a problem as is white clothing that usually end up grey.

  6. Sabrina Quairoli on September 22, 2020 at 7:26 am

    I found a shower curtain with pockets so to store items in the small bathroom for my daughter. It worked great and held a lot of stuff.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 23, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      I have seen those shower curtains. I am glad to hear that they work well. I will recommend it in the future.

  7. Cheryl Lemily on October 7, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Great post!! I still remember, when I moved out of town for high school, my mom gave me a basket for storing things and I must say, it was really helpful.

    • Julie Stobbe on October 7, 2020 at 6:10 am

      Dorm rooms are furnished with very basic items. Bringing some baskets, over the door hooks, extension cords, hangers and a small bookcase can be very helpful.

  8. Julie Stobbe on October 20, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    That’s a great idea.

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