The excitation of moving to college can quickly sputter at the first sight of your new dorm room. Often, college dorms are blank, bare, and pinched for space. They are easily comparable to jail cells actually. Don’t despair! Think of this as an opportunity to use your creativity in order to transform this blank canvas into a welcoming work of art.
Although most dorms forbid holes to put in walls, you can find ways of livening up all of that stark white. Tape up posters, pictures, or postcards of your favorite things and places. Use a website like Snapfish to make a poster collage. The idea is to make it feel like home, so concentrate on photos of family, friends, and even pets to reassure you of your roots.
Dorms often have cold flooring, like linoleum. Add some comfort to your space by investing in some throw rugs or even a small amount of carpeting. It is simple to shake out these small rugs when they are dirty, making the maintenance low key. Solid colors are easier to coordinate. Consider the color of your bedding, wall hangings, and curtains if you have any.
Your dorm bed is where you spend the majority of your recreational and sleeping time. It serves as both a couch and a bed, so dress it accordingly. Add a few extra large pillows for lounging and invest in some pillow cases for easy cleaning. Your bed should also be comfortable, so choose bedding that suites you best and don’t skimp on quality. For example, buying a few cotton sheets, a large comforter, and a lighter throw blanket will be appropriate for all seasons.
The rest of the time spent in your dorm room is usually at your desk. Make this an efficient work space while still utilizing the area for decoration. A well-chosen lamp with a candlelight color hue can transform your cramped dorm with its Wal-Mart-like fluorescent lighting into a cozy space. Add a plant for some color and life. Use this area for a select number of trinkets and photos. Miniature Zen gardens make a nice choice.
Moving to your new dorm gives you the opportunity for a little uniqueness in these identical barracks you will now call home. Make it welcoming!
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