Deb­bie Travis

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOMES -

Homes Q&A that holds stuff of­fers triple ser­vice and is easy to move around.

Dear Deb­bie;

Our son is off to col­lege and we are madly pack­ing up the es­sen­tials for sur­viv­ing away from home. Our lists are very dif­fer­ent — I’m think­ing cook­ing and study­ing, he’s all about the best com­puter, so­cial me­dia links and mu­sic. I know you have been through this with your boys. Any tips?

~ Barb

Dear Barb;

I was fo­cused on mak­ing my son’s new, very tiny dorm room as homey and cheer­ful as pos­si­ble. We were not al­lowed to paint, which is my favourite modus operandi. How­ever, there was a bed to make. I dis­cov­ered a bed in a bag and thought it was per­fect. Sheets, pil­low case, du­vet all in one. These are of­ten avail­able at a dis­count around this time of year and are rugged enough to last for the du­ra­tion. Easy care was guar­an­teed. I also chose a small, pat­terned rug and a good towel set all in dark colours. Some re­cy­cled dishes, sil­ver­ware and a ket­tle and I was done. He added posters.

He moved out in Septem­ber. In Jan­uary he no­ti­fied us that he had a girl­friend, and, be­ing the good mother, I told him to make sure his room was tidy, bed clean, dishes washed. He was in a dif­fer­ent coun­try, so I couldn’t check my­self. There was a pause on the phone, and with a voice that cov­ered emo­tions in­clud­ing surprise, em­bar­rass­ment and guilt, he ad­mit­ting to not wash­ing his bed­sheets ever. Yuck. Not my prob­lem. But very glad I went for dark colours. I should have been clearer on laun­dry time­lines. Good luck with your shop­ping list. The stores know what you need and they’ve got your back.

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