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20 Nostalgic School Supplies And Dorm Room Décor We All Owned At Some Point

Let's go back to school.

From spiral notebooks to stackable crates, there's a certain nostalgic factor associated with school supplies and decorating your dorm room. So, let's get into it!

1. Composition notebooks were a must-have item.

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2. Labeling the specific tabs on those plastic organizational folders was a shot of pure serotonin.

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Did you like to pretend you were a high-power executive at some made-up business? (Because I did, even though I was just labeling my classes.)

3. Fairy lights were in EVERY dorm room ever. Bonus points if they were multi-colored and stayed on 24/7.

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4. Adding a seat cushion to the stark wooden chair the dorm gods bestowed upon you was a luxury, but also a necessity.

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5. Some sort of cheesy wall art! This could include butterfly stickers, a cliche saying, or a wine-related joke.

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6. Those odd cubes. We all had 'em. They stored random items and also offered additional seating for guests.

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7. A cheap over the door mirror. Bonus points if it falls down again and again.

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8. As many stackable drawers as possible. They hold snacks. They hold clothing. They hold random flyers you get at the union.

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9. A whiteboard you put on your front door for everyone to write messages on.

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10. Remember rolling backpacks? They made school feel like an adventure.

Eight-year-old girls head home after after school rolling their backpacks down the school hallway.
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11. And no matter your age, JanSport backpacks always seemed to dominate the scene.

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12. A Papasan chair AKA those circular chairs that just ends up holding clothes.

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13. When you open up your notebook and write the date down on that first day of school, you obviously wanted to use a felt tip flair pen of course.

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14. A pencil case was so important. The centerpiece of your school supplies, the compact design was available in a variety of colors.

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Nowadays, they're more of a pouch shape but back then, it was a hard plastic box.

15. Those stacking point pencils were just cool. Inventive and easy to misplace, these pencils always had the most fun designs.

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16. A fun eraser pack changed the game when drawing, and the pink pearl ones were just the best.

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17. Or those tiny pencil top erasers?

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18. Those desk organizers that sit on your fake wood school-issued desk.

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Spiral notebooks, pens and pencils, scissors, and stationary organized neatly and sitting on a brick hearth.

19. A shaggy run that you never vacuum and it sits on the dirty floor and collects dust

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Thick gray rug textured background

20. Maybe this is a bit specific, but Lisa Frank folders were all the rage — in college or not.

Photo of colorful Lisa Frank folders on a white background
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