Everybody knows that the whole reason we go to college is to get a job. Whether you want to pursue a job straight out of undergrad, or continue on in…
I’m by no means a décor professional, but having gone from dorm room to dorm room for most of my life (+ several moves post-college), I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or three over the last decade. Below are some tips for making your room feel a bit homier in college.
1. Plants – You’d be surprised what some plants can do to both enliven a space and bring in some much needed joy. Whether its bamboo, roses, or even herbs, adding a plant or two definitely gives your room color and personality.
*Pro-Tip, a cactus is a great choice for anyone fearing that they might forget watering and care instructions.
2. Posters – No 90’s college movie was complete without band posters! Luckily, the 90’s are completely in right now, so don’t fear the clichés! If you find a poster of a band / singer you love or some nice scenery wallpaper, be sure to snag it and post it to a free wall in your room.
*Pro-Tip, colleges have rules about adhesives you can use to decorate. Be mindful of those rules so that you don’t have to pay any fees!
3. Fun Photos – Do you have polaroid’s from your adventures with friends? Dorky pics from high school? Definitely bring those for when you need a smile of nostalgia.
4. Rugs – Rugs not only add flare, but they also keep your feet warm during the colder months. You can choose a color that matches your side of the room or agree on one with a roommate that suits both your needs.
5. Tapestry – If you have a free wall, but your not interested in hanging photos or postering, try looking into tapestry. A cool design or two might help you feel more comfortable in your space.
6. Gems / Stones – Whether you just like how gems / rocks are formed or if you truly believe in some of the more mystical properties, a few stones / minerals are always good to keep around. Personally, I worked in the geology department of a Natural Science Museum and quite honestly found the history of rocks pretty fascinating. Not to mention, their unique structures and textures make great fidget tools for whenever your hands get a little bored.
7. Comfortable Bedding – Last but not least, be sure to bring sheets and blankets that feel comfortable for you to sleep on. Never underestimate the power of a comfortable, good night’s sleep.
*Pro-Tip, invest in a mattress pad. The difference in your quality of sleep will surprise you!