Senior year means quite a few things for me; some are exciting, some are sad and some are bittersweet. One last summer spent shopping to go back to school definitely falls under the bittersweet category. Shopping for my final year at Union College isn't just different because it will be my last time doing it, but also different because this time around, I'm shopping to furnish a house, not a dorm room. As a senior, I'm living off campus in a house with six other girls, responsible now for providing kitchen supplies, living room decor and bathroom toiletries in addition to my usual bedroom furnishing. Although it's certainly more of a financial undertaking, I could not be more excited, and frankly a little bummed my search for the perfect items is over.
Target is always my go-to back to college spot. In fact, it's my go-to everything spot, as I often even do my grocery shopping there while away at school! Never can I ever leave Target without spending at least $50…it's an obsession. Here are some of the products I picked up in my most recent Target back to college spree, this time catered to my house's needs rather than just my dorm room:
- Decorative throw pillows – Now that I'm in my own, big room, I get to have a queen sized bed! After three years of squishing into those twin XL sized beds that college campuses are so fond of, I'm loving the fact that I can finally stretch out. It also means I have much more room to furnish my bed with more than just a couple of pillows and a comforter – now I have room for a body pillow, throw pillows and my pillow pet! Target has an awesome selection of throw pillows available both online and in stores.
- Wine rack – As seven 21 and 22-year old girls, we certainly appreciate a glass of wine at the end of a long day. Since kitchen furnishings are now part of my shopping list, I kept an eye out for things that would benefit us all, and a wire wine rack for our kitchen was a perfect item to not only make our space more adorable, but also more practical.
- Art Prints- I am obsessed with finding cute prints of quotes I love, and Etsy.com is the best place to find inexpensive prints to frame and hang. Target is my favorite place to find adorable yet cost efficient frames for both individual and collage prints for any room decor.
- Brita® – For the past three years at college, a Brita® (available at Target) water filter has been beyond necessary, but impractical for my living situations. With just a small mini fridge to share between two people, there was never enough room to accommodate one while leaving enough space for the rest of the food and drinks. However, now that I have a full sized fridge and plenty of counter space, a Brita® was a must. Not only is it environmentally efficient, but it also helps keep my wallet full by not needing to buy bottled water for my filtered fix. Instead, I can do it all in the comfort of my own kitchen.