A couple days ago I decided to put off an essay to completely rearrange my dorm room and I must say, I feel quite accomplished. The way I see it, the dorm room is your home for the semester or two (or more) that you decide to live in one and it should be a comfortable living space and not a slightly larger than usual closet.
I’ve been doing a little bit of research and here are some ways to get the most out of your dorm room:
Storage is Your Friend
I suggest getting a couple cheap storage bins to store blankets, snacks, and other things that might otherwise unnecessarily clutter the room. Storage bins are also a good place to keep out-of-season clothes if you don’t want to drag your winter clothes to and from home.
Bed risers are also good for adding a little extra room under your bed and you can buy them for relatively cheap at most grocery stores such as Walmart or Target.
Add Some New Lighting
The lighting of a room can drastically improve the mood and overall appearance of your dorm. Yes there’s the overhead florescent that comes with the room, but who doesn’t immediately think of a hospital or a dentist’s office when you’re under that harsh, white light? Smaller, clamp lamps that you can put next to your desk allow you to still work while your roommate peacefully sleeps in their bed, uninterrupted by harsh florescent light.
Keep the Clutter to a Minimum
Now I’m not going to lecture you on the importance of keeping your room clean, but maintaining a neat and orderly living space goes a long way in improving the overall appeal of your dorm. Keep dirty clothes in hampers or put them away in closets or hampers (or the nifty storage bins under your bed) and keep your books on the shelves or in your backpack. Simple things like that can drastically improve the cleanliness of the dorm and your roommate will love you for it.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you get the most out of your dorm as you inhabit them for the next four months!