Make Your Dorm Room a Home Away From Home

For many college students, being away from home is stressful, but these tips can help you create a homey feeling in your college dorm room.

By Khushboo Jain

 

For incoming college freshmen, the best way to counter homesickness is to make your dorm room feel like home. But how can you renovate your tiny space to match your desires?

 

The prospect of being independent, meeting new people, navigating new places, and managing your studies will consume most of your time, but you should also expect to be hit by waves of homesickness. Moving into a college dorm room is the first time many students leave the comfort of their homes. It’s an exciting but a nerve-wracking experience. You might not realize it, but your surroundings play a critical role, and effectively decorating your dorm room can have a big impact on your college experience.

 

Here are a few higher learning tips to make your dorm room feel like your home away from home.

 

Bedding

Dorm room beds are infamous for being too hard, uncomfortable, and dirty. It’s a good idea to bring a featherbed to put on top of your mattress. Also, bring the bed sheets, pillows, and blankets from your home for a cozier feeling. The familiarity will help you to get a good night’s sleep in your dorm room.

 

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Carpets

Dorm rooms are also notorious for mystery stains on the carpets. Don’t let them bother you. Put them out of sight and out of mind. Ask your mom if she has a small area rug hat she can lend you. If not, invest in an economical rug that will not only cover up hideous stains, but also add warmth to the space.

 

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Cutlery

It’s tempting to use disposable forks and cups, but think about how much that will end up costing you, as well as the negative impact they have on the environment. Instead, purchase a few melamine cups, plates, forks, spoons and any other kitchenware that you might need. Or you can ask mom if she wouldn’t mind parting with some of her cups and utensils. A simple wash will suffice, and you can easily store them in your dorm room.

 

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Hamper

College students are infamous for accumulating piles of dirty laundry. Is that how you lived at home? Maybe, but your mom is not around anymore to clean up after you. Purchase a sturdy hamper that stands up – not a bag that will topple over. It will keep all dirty clothes and smells contained in a single container.

 

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Decorations

Nothing combats homesickness more effectively than placing pictures of your family and friends into beautiful picture frames and hanging them on your dorm room wall. They can serve as inspiration on days when you feel down or upset. Adding touches from home has a calming effect. You can also consider adding a fabric memo board to hang up your favorite prints, quotes or to-do-lists.

 

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Magazine Holders

Most dorm rooms are small, and the last thing you want in them is clutter all over the desk. Use a chic magazine holder to keep notebooks and stray papers in one place. This will also keep all your assignments and notes safe, and you can just reach for them whenever needed.

 

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Lighting

Your room must be equipped with adequate lighting. It will put less strain on your eyes when you’re cramming for those midterms. Most college dorms only have a single, very strong, light in them. You may want to consider purchasing a desk lamp or a floor lamp. If you have one in your parents’ home, take it with you when you move into you dorm. Your eyes will thank you!

 

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Plants

Seeing greenery in your room is a nice visual escape from the concrete and plywood that typically makes up most dorm rooms. Get a low-maintenance plant, like aloe vera, a cactus, or a money plant (crassula ovata – commonly known as jade plant, friendship tree, and lucky plant). They don’t require frequent watering, and freshen the air.

 

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For many college students, being away from the comforts of home can be a stressful experience, but by implementing some of the decorating tips here, you can successfully create a homier feeling in your college dorm room.

 

 

Khushboo Jain is a freelance content writer with over 10 years of commercial writing experience. She has developed a comprehensive understanding of different forms of writing after writing articles, blogs, PRS, web pages, newsletters, brochures, social media posts, meta descriptions, product reviews, etc. for both international and domestic clients. Follow her on her personal blog http://womansaga.com/