Are you one of the millions of students across the country enjoying the last few weeks of summer before heading back to school for another year of college studies? Perhaps you are getting ready to embark on your first experience away from home, moving into a campus dorm room and beginning your path to adulthood. The excitement and fear of that first taste of freedom, living away from your parents, and having a space to call your own can be exhilarating, only to find yourself walking into your first dorm room to be greeted by sterile white brick walls, outdated desks, and the reality of sharing such a small space with a complete stranger.
Welcome to dorm life.
Don’t let the sterile white walls scare you, think of it as a blank canvas waiting for your creative touches. By now you’ve most likely spent hours pinning dorm room spaces, trying to decide what style best exudes your personality. Your posters are packed, the twinkling lights are ready and your XL twin bed spread was purchased weeks ago. You’re ready to move in NOW!
But before you take off, here are a few tips that we wish someone would have told us before moving into our first dorm room.
1. Upgrade Your Desk Chair
Most likely your room will come with a worn out chair that has been used by numerous students before you over the last 20 years. Oh the stories that chair could tell… Not to mention how uncomfortable it is from the years of wear on the padded seat.
If the thought of sharing a chair with the unknown does not sound appealing, try upgrading your desk chair with a Juliana Task Chair. With six colorful options and a comfy padded seat you don’t have to sacrifice style, or your budget, for comfort in the dorm room.
2. Personalize Your Space with Pictures & Inspirational Quotes
If you are moving away from home for the first time, you will inevitability experience a little homesickness. Even those of us who have been out of the house for many years still feel it every now and then. Bring your loved ones with you by putting up pictures of your friends and family from back home on your wall. Add in a couple of your favorite quotes and you have instant inspo to keep you going on your most challenging days.
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3. Add Storage & Seating with an Ottoman
The age old dilemma of the dorm room is having enough space for everything. Where will you fit all of your stuff as well as visitors? After all you never know when that all night study session or weekend Netflix marathon might end up in your room.
Be prepared with affordable extra storage that doubles as seating. A 2 PC Vinyl Ottoman Set will give you plenty of storage for books, shoes, and clothes, plus two extra seats for when your new college friends drop by to hang out. Bonus: the hidden tray on the underside of the ottoman doubles as a table top surface when you need extra room for snacks and drinks.
4. Bring the Outside In
Plants in the dorm room have numerous benefits. Not only do they provide fresh air and something pretty to look at, studies show that plants help reduce stress, as well as boost creativity and productivity. Something that will surely come in handy when that first term paper is due!
All you need is a low maintenance plant and a cute plant pot and you’ve got an easy and cheap dorm room decoration that will grow along with you over the course of the school year.
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5. Have a System for Keeping Track of your Important Documents & School Supplies
How many times have you misplaced an important notice for school or your computer charger? Only to find it hours later hiding under a pile of laundry on your bedroom floor. Now is the perfect time to establish a system for keeping track of your most important items.
A simple storage solution like the Clayton 4 Drawer File Cabinet will give you plenty of room to organize papers and supplies. The wire frame drawers make it easy to find what need at a glance, without searching drawer after drawer for the item you are looking for.
Have you already experienced life in the dorms? What tips to do you have for this year’s incoming freshman class to make the most of their dorm room experience? Let us know in the comments below.