Moving away from home and into student housing can be one of the most exciting experiences in a person’s life. Joining college or university life in a new city, with its new sites, sounds and a new group of peers is a tremendous opportunity for independence and growth. But this experience can also bring with it feelings of homesickness, stress and overwhelm. Here at AMY Inspired, we believe that your surroundings can impact your state of mind. We think it’s important to take the time to make your dorm room as comfortable, and beautiful, as you can, so that it becomes a haven from the rigours of school life. Here are a few tips for doing so.
Read your school’s dorm décor guidelines
Before you head off to school, be sure to read the student housing policy on your college or university’s website. There may be items that you are not allowed to have in your unit, such as space heaters, candles or miniature fridges.
A decluttered space is a serene space, and one that will make it much easier to focus when studying for final exams. Head over to Walmart or Home Depot and stock up on hanging closet organizers, shoe organizers and under-bed storage. You might also want to purchase a portable bathroom caddy where you can keep your shampoo, conditioner and body wash, so that you can hang it over the shower fixture. (This is especially useful if you are in a shared bathroom situation and want to avoid placing items on the shower floor).
Add a little luxe
Just because you’re a student doesn’t mean you have to forgo life’s luxuries! Dorm rooms are generally quite sparsely decorated, with a desk, chair and bed boasting an (often-hard) mattress. Make the space more comfortable by layering a feather-top mattress on top of the provided one. Also, dorm room floors can be cold, so add a faux fur rug alongside your bed. And piling a few plush throw pillows and a cosy throw on your bed can make lounging on your bed that much more enjoyable.
Make the space yours
When packing your bags in preparation for the big move, be sure to make room for a few sentimental items that you can display in your dorm. Family photos, artwork given to you by a friend, and other items that are important to you will act as reminders that loved ones are just a phone call away.
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