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Back-to-school must-haves: The Res Edition

It’s here! Back-to-School time. If you haven’t already gathered your gear, we’re here to help you with some last minute, life essentials. If you’re a parent, getting your home ready for the back-to-school rush, check out our suggestions for Life@Home coming soon. However, today, we’re talking about life in residence.

Ease the transition of trading your family home for life in res with personal items that make you feel good. Whatever your space happens to be, whether a dorm room, a room in a house near campus, or even your first apartment, we think that these home essentials definitely make the grade!


While you feed your mind, never forget to nourish your body! Here are some compact, res-friendly appliances and tools you’re sure to love.

Breville L.P. Quick Touch Compact Microwave

At only 0.9 cubic feet, with a tiny 12.5-inch glass turntable, this petite yet powerful microwave can fit into even the tightest space. This Breville microwave features quick start one-touch cooking capabilities to help you do everything from preparing a quick bowl of oatmeal to popping popcorn or reheating last night’s pad thai.

Keurig® K-Mini™ and K-Mini™ Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker

keurig k-mini

No need to leave your room to get that life-giving first sip of coffee, when the new Keurig® K-Mini™ and K-Mini Plus™ coffee makers are so compact, they can easily fit just about anywhere. You can brew any cup size, from a petite 6oz all the way up to a 12oz travel mug (up to 7.0 inches tall). Features include a one-cup reservoir, one-minute brew capabilities, strong brew function (K-Mini Plus™ only) and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.

If you’re trying to curb your coffee spending (bye bye $5.00 coffee house coffees), you’ll be happy to know that both the Keurig® K-Mini™ and K-Mini™ Plus Single are compatible with the My K-Cup®  Universal Reusable Coffee Filter.

Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

induction burner

With numerous industry studies stating that induction cooking helps to prevent cooking fires, the Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner is one of the most important purchases a foodie student can make (be sure to check if this type of appliance is ok to have in your dorm).  This induction cooktop is lightweight and easy to store. It features 10 power levels and a built-in digital timer.

Just, don’t forget that induction cook plates require induction-compatible cookware, such as this nonstick induction-compatible frying pan.

Check out this link to learn more about how induction cooking works.

The Perfect Press™ – Breville

breville perfect press

You can easily make fast, affordable, yet delicious toasted sandwiches with The Perfect Press™ sandwich maker from Breville. The Perfect Press™ is compact enough to store easily in even the smallest space, yet larges enough to toast two sandwiches at once. The crush control counterweight hinge means no more flattened grilled cheese, while the open face setting means perfectly toasted avocado breakfast melts.


Reheatza® Microwave Crisper

microwave crisper

While we know that even bad pizza is good pizza, pizza reheated in a microwave usually pushes the limits of bad …unless you have something like this Reheatza® Microwave Crisper. This food crisper converts microwave energy into 400 degrees F of conductive heat, allowing it to brown and sear food like an oven or frying pad would. So no more soggy za.



Nothing makes you feel more at home in your new home than applying your personal style to a space. While res life might pose a few challenges when it comes to decorating, we think that these suggestions make adding your own touches to any room easy.

WallPops NU1653 Brick Peel and Stick Wallpaper

WallPops Peel and Stick Wallpaper is repositionable and easy to remove without leaving any sticky residue behind. You’ll be able to infuse your room with a high impact pop of personality, but with a very low commitment. This means that you can add interest to your space without doing damage to the walls.

Clothespins 16-Led String Lights

clothespin string lights

Don’t just hang things, highlight them; with this set of 16 LED Clothespin string lights. Hang art, photos or essential information with these indoor-use only string lights. They’ll add a fun vibe to your space as well as extra illumination.

Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket 50″ x 60″, Frost Grey

faux fur throw

Comfy, cozy and a little bit posh, this faux fur throw blanket is snuggle-worthy and packed with style. Drape it over your bed or on a chair, because this is Canada, and winter is coming. You’ll want this ½-inch thick, velvety softness to be close by on chilly evenings.

RÅSKOG Utility Cart

ikea raskog cart

Adding a multi-use utility cart is an excellent way to maximize storage space and adding extra interest to any room. Many people repaint these carts and use them for everything you can imagine. Here are just a few of the uses for this indispensable find from Ikea:

  • Portable Study Station: Fill it with books, paper, pens, highlighters, sticky notes and more
  • Personal Coffee Bar: Add a small coffeemaker, such as the new Keurig K-Mini™ or K-Mini Plus™, plus coffee pod storage, coffee mugs, a sugar bowl, and tons of snacks
  • Makeup Station: Load it up with makeup, brushes, and nail polish
  • Shoe Storage: Turn it into shoe storage
  • Sewing Table: Add a sewing machine and fabric
  • Side Table: Top it with a desk lamp and use the rest for random storage


Tenergy 7W Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

Tenergy lamp

Don’t let late-night study sessions take their toll on your eyesight. This 530 Lumen, dimmable desk lamp is designed to protect your eyes. It features a soothing, non-flickering illumination that’s far more comfortable for your eyes. This lamp also features a timed, auto shut off option and a sleek, modern design.


For more information and inspiration about interior decorating, furniture, paint and wallpaper, plus many other home improvement topics, visit!


Lead Image Source: Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash

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