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Tips for Decorating Your Dorm Room
It may seem like summer just started, but before you know it, fall will arrive and it will be time to go back to school! For those who recently graduated from high school, the arrival of fall signals the start of your first year of college, and for many college freshmen, that means living in the dorms. Dorm rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and you want to find ways to maximize storage, as well as make your dorm room feel like home.
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Most college freshmen share their dorm room or suite with at least one roommate. Your roommate may be someone you know, or it may be someone you’ve never met before. Either way, it’s important to reach out to your roommate as soon as you know who they are and start coordinating how you’re going to decorate your room. At the very least, it’s a good idea to talk about a color scheme for the room, as well as who is going to bring what items. There are a few items that you and your roommate will share, such as a futon or couch, rug, and decorative lights. Make sure you and your roommate coordinate what you want to put in your room so that when you arrive you have everything you need without any duplicate items.
Pick a Color Scheme
You will spend a lot of time in your dorm room, whether you’re studying, sleeping, or hosting movie nights. For this reason, you want to make sure your room looks cohesive and put together, especially if you have a roommate. As we mentioned above, it’s a good idea to discuss a color scheme with your roommate before you both start buying everything you’ll need for your dorm. The last thing you want is for your entire room to be designed in clashing colors that make it feel less like home for both of you.
Picking a color scheme doesn’t mean that everything in your room has to be the same color. The goal is to ensure that both you and your roommate are happy with the color choices, and that all the colors in your room go well together. For example, if your favorite color is blue and your roommate’s favorite color is green, you can decide on a hue that works for both colors and buy items that incorporate both!
Find Unique Storage Solutions
It’s no secret that dorm rooms are lacking in storage space, so it’s a good idea to get creative with how you store your belongings. For example, if you and your roommate decide to buy an ottoman, look for one that is hollow so you can store blankets, remotes, and other items inside it to keep the space from feeling cluttered. Another great way to save space is by looking for TV stands that have extra drawers, hanging shoe racks that you can put in your closet, or even just having a few plastic bins handy for items that you don’t use on a regular basis. You may be able to find unique storage solutions online, or you could always get creative and make them yourself!
Don’t Forget the Essentials
When shopping for your dorm room, it’s easy to get carried away with lights and decorations, but it’s vital that you don’t forget the essentials. Keep in mind that much of your time at college will be spent studying, so it’s a good idea to stock up on school supplies, as well as anything you need for your desk, such as sticky notes, a three-hole punch, and a stapler. You will also want to make sure you have at least one trash can in your room so you don’t have to keep throwing out small things in the large trash bins in the hall. Another item that may seem small but is essential for your convenience is a bathroom tote. Carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste to the bathroom is not a big deal, but if you are someone who has a lot of shower products, you aren’t going to want to carry those back and forth to the bathroom while also trying to hold your towel closed.
Add Personal Elements
For many college students, moving away to college is the first time they’ve spent any significant amount of time away from home. Even if your family doesn’t live very far away, living in a dorm room won’t be the same, and you may feel a little homesick. To help your dorm room feel more like your home, it’s a good idea to add some personal items to your decor. Consider adding a couple framed photos to your desk, or frame some of your favorite photos and hang them on the wall! You may also find it comforting to bring a stuffed animal or a blanket with you that reminds you of home.