Teach Mama | Take 5 for Teachers & Families


Published 11 months ago • 5 min read

Hey, Reader!

This is honestly a dream for me--to be able to help other families with this insane college prep summer. Last summer, before our Maddy went to college, I first put off doing ANYTHING for weeks and weeks, and then I went wild, buying nearly everything in sight.

Here's the list of things that our college kid has said she needed and used--MINUS the twin xl comforter. Your kid can pick that out.

Everything your child needs for college: linked to AMAZON on Prime Day

If you have littles in your life, if you make lunches for yourself or others, or if you have to eat a meal outside of the house several times a week, you will love Bentgo--

Order now so it's at your doorstep by the time school begins!

We actually worked with her roommate to make the beds the highest they could go. There are ways to do this--that way you maximize storage space under each bed. Here we go!

Storage: Use these for the closet or under the bed.

BTSKY 2 Pack Plastic Container Box with Lid, Stackable Transparent Collapsible Storage Bin Multi-Purpose Portable Storage Container Box Large Capacity Home Utility Box for Home, Office, Car, Kitchen Organizing(Clear White)

IRIS USA 34 Qt. Stackable Plastic Drawers for Clothes, Medium, 4 Pack, Storage Dresser for Closet, Home, Office, Bedroom and Nursery, White

IRIS USA 42 Qt. Stackable Plastic Drawers for Clothes, Large, 4 Pack, Storage Dresser for Closet, Home, Office, Bedroom and Nursery, White

DTK 3 Tier Utility Rolling Cart with Cover Board, Storage Cart with Handle and Locking Wheels Kitchen Cart with 2 Small Baskets and 4 Hooks for Bathroom Office Balcony Living Room(White)

Furinno Luder Bookcase / Book / Storage , 3-Tier, White

Niclogi Tank Tops Hanger Bra Hangers 2 Pack Space Saving Hanger Metal Folding Closet Organizer for Tank Tops, Cami, Bras, Bathing Suits, Belts, Ties

HOUSE DAY Premium Velvet Hangers 50 Pack, Non-Slip Flocked Felt Hangers, Sturdy Clothes Hangers Heavy Duty Coat Hangers & Suit Hangers, Durable Slim Beige Hangers for Closet Space Saving

Whitmor Door Shoe Bag Hanging Organizer-12 Pair-24 Oversized Pockets, Clear

Sorbus Foldable Storage Cubes - 6 Fabric Baskets for Organizing Pantry, Closet, Shelf, Nursery, Playroom, Toy Box - 11 Inch Dual Handle Collapsible Closet Organizers and Storage Bins (Beige)

Whitmor 4-Tier Compact Closet Shelves, Gray

For Decor: Get these and print out 5x7 images for the walls, then tape with command strips

Mantello 5x7 Picture Frame Set - Front Loading 5 x 7 Frames - Display for Wall Artwork, Accent Piece, Photographs - Minimalist Tabletop & Desktop Decor - 12 Pack, White

Command Large Picture Hanging Strips, Damage Free Hanging Picture Hangers, No Tools Wall Strips for Living Spaces, 14 White Adhesive Strip Pairs(28 Strips)

Magnetic Calendar for Refrigerator Set. Weekly Dry Erase Fridge Calendar Whiteboard Meal Planner Menu Board - Thickened Magnet. with Fine Tip Marker & Eraser & Holes for Wall Hanging

Magnetic Small White Board Dry Erase 11’’x14’’ - Mini Dry Erase Board with 6 Markers, Personal Whiteboards for Refrigerator Wall, Fridge White Boards, Magnetic Whiteboard for Little Kids & Students

BIZYAC Hanging Photo Display Room Wall Decor - Sculptural Picture Frames Collage - 5 Strings with 30 Clips - 3M Self Adhesive Hooks - No Holes Drilling - 30 x 30 inch

Sadnyy 4 Pack Photo Grid Wall Panels Accessories 12 x 16 Inch Wall Organizer Picture Board with Clips Metal Grid Panel Photo Display Board for Room and Office


Command Large Utility Hooks, Damage Free Hanging Wall Hooks with Adhesive Strips, No Tools Wall Hooks for Hanging Decorations in Living Spaces, 7 White Hooks and 12 Command Strips

Command™ 15 lb X-Large Hooks 17011-2ES, Damage-Free Heavyweight Hanging

Command 10 Lb XL Heavyweight Wall Hook, White, Damage Free Decorating, 2 Command Hooks

ZOROSY Wood Table Vanity Makeup Mirrors - Rectangle Wall-Mounted Mirrors Desk Mirrors for Living Room Bedroom Birthday Gifts

IRIS USA WOOZOO Oscillating Fan, Vortex Fan, Air Circulator, Desk Fan, Portable Fan, 3 Speed Settings, 6 Tilting Head Settings, 74ft Max Air Distance, Large, White:

FRIGIDAIRE EFR331-BLACK 3.2 Cu ft Eraser Board Mini Compact Dorm Fridge (Black):

YOUDENOVA 15 inches Storage Ottoman Cube, Foldable Storage Boxes Footrest Step Stool, Padded Seat for Dorm Living Room, Support 300lbs, Line Fabric Grey

Laundry/ Shower:

Set of 5 Mesh Laundry Bags-1 Extra Large, 2 Large & Medium for Blouse, Hosiery, Stocking, Underwear, Bra Lingerie, Travel

Belizzi Home Ultra Soft 6 Pack Cotton Towel Set, Contains 2 Bath Towels 28x55 inch, 2 Hand Towels 16x24 inch & 2 Wash Coths 12x12 inch, Ideal for Everyday use, Compact & Lightweight - Turquoise Blue

DOKEHOM 90L Large Laundry Basket, Collapsible Laundry Bag, Freestanding Tall Clothes Hamper, Foldable Washing Bin (Black)

Jssmst Locking Small Steel Cash Box without Money Tray,Lock Box,Black Small

Sterilite 6 Qt Clear Plastic Stackable Storage Bin w/White Latching Lid Organizing Solution, 12 Pack

For emergencies:

Emergency Weather Radio, Hand Crank, 4000mAH, Portable, Solar Charging, with AM/FM/NOAA, 3 LED Flashlights, Motion Sensor, Reading Lamp, SOS Alarm, Rechargeable (Green)

Cartman 39Piece Cutting Plier Tool Set General Household Kit with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case Blue


Cheer Collection Foam-Filled Reading and Gaming Pillow with Armrest and Washable Velour Cover, Gray

SouthShore Fine Living Vilano Pleats, 3-Piece, 21-Inch Extra Deep Pocket Sheet, Twin XL Sheets with Flat Sheets and Pillowcase, Easy Care and Shrinkage-Free Deep Pocket Sheets, Sheet Set, Steel Blue

Modway Emily Tufted Button Faux Leather Upholstered Twin Headboard in White:

Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement Twin XL - 100% Waterproof and Bed Bug Proof Mattress Protector - Absorbent, Six-Sided Mattress Cover

Standard Pillow Protectors (Set of 2) – Zippered Waterproof Pillow Covers Hypoallergenic Dust and Allergen Proof Pillowcase Encasement

We shopped LONG and hard for the best one:

Best Price Mattress 3 Inch Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Cooling Gel Infusion, CertiPUR-US Certified, Twin XL,Blue

NY Threads Mens Knit Robe Lightweight Summer Cotton Blend Bathrobe

Portable Shower Caddy Basket with Compartments Cleaning Supplies Organizer with Handle Plastic Storage Divided Basket Tool Bin for Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, College Dorm, Garden, Under Sink, Grey

Maddy bought these on day one--we didn't send her to school with these, but we should have:

COOLANS Wristlet Bracelet Keychain Pocket Credit Card Holder Purse Tassel Keychain Bangle Key Ring for Women

COOKOOKY Wrist Lanyards Key Chain Holder Premium Quality Wristlet Lanyard Keychain for Women

Maddy used this for the jewelry and makeup she brought

Voova Jewelry Box Organizer for Women Girls, 2 Layer Large Men Jewelry Storage Case, PU Leather Display Jewellery Holder with Removable Tray for Necklace Earrings Rings Bracelets, Vintage Gift,Gray

Makeup Organizer, Cosmetic Desk Storage Box with Drawers Skincare Organizers for Dressing Table, Countertop, Bathroom Counter, Vanity Holder for Brushes, Lotions, Lipstick, Perfume (White Large)

Get this for travel and packing

Ikea 901.491.48 Frakta Storage Bag, Blue, 8 Pack

IKEA 603.017.07 FRAKTA Medium Shopping Bags (Set of 6), Blue, 55 lb Max. Load, 10 Gallon Volume, Easy to Keep Clean, Takes Up Little Space to Store as It Folds Flat

Let me know if there's anything else you would add to this list!

Hope these deals bless you like I think it will! Things are moving quickly, so head over now!

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