With less than two weeks until move-in day, my soon-to-be college boy just received his roommates’ names and housing assignment over the weekend. His main concern has been who will supply the tv, fridge and Playstation. His only stress has been over my buying bedding and some other items that I deem necessities.
I doubt that the girls in his freshmen class have been as laissez-faire. Two weeks is hardly time to coordinate a room. The daughters of our posse have taken a keen interest over the last few years in their dorm room design. As one of the first statements that they make on their new campus, these young ladies want their sense of style to show through their choice of comforters, sheets, rugs, towels and even headboards.
mMe’s and her roommate combined beautiful fabrics to create a unique design through Blue Moon Bedding.
Coeds start their college education early learning to exercise tact and negotiation skills in order to reach a mutually agreeable look and begin their college experience on a positive note. Finance skills are also required as design costs can easily exceed what mom and dad had budgeted for the dorm. The sooner the girls know who their roommates are, the sooner they have to decide on DIY projects (like jJw’s headboard above) and shop for sales and discounts.
Because most guys don’t care a hoot about coordinating, mom can start shopping early for deals and saving those Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons. My son is the typical male who just wants plain, simple and comfortable. Like JDB’s dorm room,
no design is desired, just soft sheets, thick pillows and a firm mattress pad.
The only design element that I have been able to include is this quilt that I had made from thirty of his old t-shirts.
I have been designing it in my mind for a while but only recently was able to pull it together. Campus Quilt Company walked me through the process online and with an instruction kit that came in the mail. Within two weeks, the company’s seamstresses transformed a bag filled with t-shirts numbered for the layout I wanted into this well-made quilt with a navy backside that I chose from the company’s fabric selection.
Once I put the t-shirts in the mail, I was so nervous as to how it would turn out and how my son would react. To my delight, he really liked it except for two of the shirts that I used. He claims that he still wanted to wear them, but with well over 100 t-shirts in his wardrobe, I think he will only miss them because I used them.
He informed me, though, that he will use the quilt with the backside facing up. My husband agreed, so once again my son thwarts my design plan. At least the t-shirts that have meant so much to him over the years will remain close to his heart as he sleeps in his home away from home.
When it comes down to it, isn’t that what we want for our kids when they set up their dorm room ~ to be comfortable in their new home away from home? For guys v. girls, what is comfortable can be 180° apart. As a mom, I am learning to let it go just like I’ll be letting him go in such a short time. It isn’t easy, but I have no choice.
August 4, 2014