We are already into the second semester of school; however, there are always transfer students and students who are just too busy to care during the first semester to actually decorate their room. Whether you’re an athlete, a gamer, a girly-girl, etc. your room shouldn’t be “just a place to sleep.” Your room should be able to reflect what you like and a portion of who you are. So here are some quick tips for making your dorm room into a home away from home.
1. Don’t be cluttered. This is important, especially if you have a roommate. Make sure you know how much stuff you both can actually cram into the room. If one person is bringing an appliance, then the other should bring something else. The space isn’t big enough for you to have two of everything. The same goes for a private room, where it’s even easier to overcrowd your space. Figure out the things you need and then fill up the holes with what you want.
2. Color is important. Even if you’re one of those people who doesn’t necessarily have a favorite color, you can always find the right ones to suit your room. If you’re not sure which colors you want, try going to Lowes or Wal-Mart and find some color swatches that appeal to you. They’re a free and easy way to tell what you like. Also try looking at your closet. Most of the colors you wear are most likely going to be more of what you actually want in your room.
3. Your wall is your art canvas. In the dorms, the walls are plain and you can’t paint them. You can put adhesive wallpaper on them though. Bring lots of pictures of your family. If that isn’t your thing then have plenty of posters you can stick on the walls. If you’re a person who likes keeping up with the time, a calendar is probably a good idea for you. You can usually get cheap wall hangings at Wal-Mart. You can also go to teacher sections in stores and find cheap packs of multiple posters.
4. Smell is essential. The last thing you want to do is walk in and smell your dirty laundry or last weeks to-go box. You may be a food scent kind of person or a more tropical kind of person. Either way, there is a scent out there for you. You may as well have a nice familiar scent to come back to after class. Stores like Wal-Mart and Target sell plenty of room scents.
5. Leave some space. You can use it for homework, games, movie nights, etc. It’s hard to be comfortable in a room that’s covered in stuff. So make sure you always have that one area that stays clean for friends and just for chilling in general.
6. More ideas. Your room should reflect you. Hang lights from the ceiling. Buy a carpet. Use posters from your favorite TV shows, bands, etc. Make a collage out of cards or something else you enjoy. Look for more ideas like these on Pinterest and Google.
You don’t have to be homesick. So keep all these ideas in mind and make your room your home away from home.