It is that time of year. It seems like summer has just begun and it is over in a flash. It is time for all of the new College students to head out to their first dorm rooms away from the comfort of the home abode. Many students will be living with a roommate for the first time.
Decorating your new “home away from home” can be fun. Try to coordinate with your roommates. Most colleges give you the advantage of getting to know roommates, through emails and phone calls, before you actually meet in your room.
Most dorm rooms tend to be on the small side. Comfort and being organized are very important when planning your decor.
Add immediate comfort with a new bed topper. These come in many materials such as feathers, memory foam, and synthetics. Make sure your fitted sheets will accommodate a topper on top of your mattress.
You will need a good personal light fixture. Consider buying one for your bed and another for your desk. If you do not have a surface next to your bed consider your options such as clip on fixtures that can be attached to a bed frame or a wall mounted fixture.
Do not forget a comfortable pillow along with your new sheets and towels.
Large throw pillows and body pillows are nice bed accessories. They provide comfort at night and can turn your bed into a sofa during the day. For company throw the large pillows on the floor for extra seating.
Inexpensive area rugs can be found at stores like Target. These will cover boring dorm room flooring and provide some color to the décor.
Purchase command (http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/?WT.mc_id=www.command.com&WT.ctod=11:30) products hooks and picture hangers to organize your walls. These are great. They will hold your art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, at the end of the school year. Check out my articles, http://www.examiner.com/interior-design-in-new-york/how-to-decorate-your-abode-s-bare-walls, and http://www.examiner.com/interior-design-in-new-york/tips-for-hanging-art-and-accessories-your-abode, for decorative and hanging art ideas. You will probably want to hang up some sort of cork board to hold notes.
For those more adventurous check out my article, http://www.examiner.com/interior-design-in-new-york/enjoyable-alternatives-for-your-abode-s-walls, for decorating ideas that will personalize a boring dorm room wall.
Closet accessories are made to organize. Stores like Target are good sources for these items. Depending on your closet space, there are many options to choose from; hanging or over-the-door shoe racks, belt holders, and hanging shelves are all available.
Do not forget the need for cleanliness. You will need a laundry bag or tote that can easily be carried to the laundry room. Find a corner in your closet to keep it. A tote to hold all of your personal bath supply items is another must have. Need a shower or to just cleanse your face, just grab your handy tote and a towel.
It is very important to learn how to keep your important papers and documents. File crates take up minimal space if there is no room for a full-size cabinet. File your schoolwork, and documents; insurance papers, pay stubs, tax info.
Many dorm rooms will not come with a mirror so do not forget to bring your own full length mirror. This is a good place to tape up any reminder notes you may have for yourself or your roommate.
Enjoy your new found freedom. Remember you are now in the adult world so you are expected to act like one. Keep your abode organized and clean and you will find it easier to get your work accomplished.
Most important, never be afraid to dance!
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