How to Turn Your Dorm Room into a Cozy and Healthy Environment

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Dorm rooms are not exactly the epitomes of health, tidiness, and cleanliness. In fact, those that cause the envy of the whole floor are few and far between. This is quite surprising considering that with a bit of effort, as well as an investment of time and money, it is possible to make the dorm room look much more inviting and comfortable. Thus, it is time to take action and get into the art of personalizing, decorating, cleaning and reorganizing your student home.

Setting the stage

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The first thing you should do is face clutter, the bane of organized and stress-free living. The best way to go about this is to employ smart storage solutions. Instead of a clunky wardrobe (not such a great space saver, is it?), opt for floating shelves. Apart from buying them, you can make your own DIY shelves by using books, nails and ropes. Likewise, try to repurpose mundane household objects such as plastic crates and shoe boxes for extra storage space.

Next, personalize the space with items that hold meaning and evoke fond memories. Bring color, texture, and life to your small interior world. Photo collages are a nice and simple solution for sprucing up blank walls or sides of furniture and filling the room with positive emotions. Similarly, you can use DIY canvas wall art, hanging accessories, index card quotes, picture frame wall decals, and other creative décor pieces.

Just do not go overboard because visual clutter is not what you need in your immediate surroundings. Instead, make every décor piece count and inject warmth and coziness with soft and fuzzy materials. Mix throw pillows, blankets, and other textures to pull off an instant change of atmosphere. Your living environment has a profound impact on your psyche and body, and my guess is that you want to live in an abode that makes you feel good and invigorated.

In a new light

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Pay special attention to lighting, as it infuses the space with both character and functionality. Ideally, you should have multiple lighting sources, not just an overhead one. Think outside the box: in case you simply can’t afford a chandelier, why not create one yourself with a hula hoop and string lights? Aside from artificial fittings, try to maximize natural blessings, the sunlight and fresh air (and finally get rid of those thick curtains).

Furthermore, invite more natural presence inside by placing houseplants wherever you can. They act as natural air purifiers that also double as soothing décor pieces. Their addition is paramount because the indoor air pollution tends to be much worse than the one outside. For some extra flair, make DIY hanging tube vases for flowers and if you want to indulge your other senses, consider essential oil diffusers.

Interior wardens of health

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To further promote good health, avoid cleaning and household products that contain toxic chemicals, lead, and pesticides. Get the dust under control to deal with tiny menaces that exist in it, such as bacteria. Ditch wall-to-wall carpets in favor of wood, cork and tile flooring, and 
utilize outdoor mats to keep dirt, debris, and grime at bay. Also, filter tap water to avoid contaminants and pollutants.

Finally, remember that your habits have a crucial role to play. They can either impede your efforts or aid you in combating mess, pollution, toxins, and clutter. Indeed, what good does the new flooring so if you vacuum only once in a blue moon? Along the similar lines, the mold is not going anywhere unless you declare an ongoing war on humidity. So, roll up your sleeves and commit to creating daily habits that promote wholesome and tidy living in the long term.

Design your dream space

Living in a dorm does not have to feel inferior to living at home. There are various reasons to embrace a proactive approach, most notably promoting your health and well-being. So, bring order to your home away from home without enlisting the services of your parents or breaking the bank. Get your creative juices flowing and use pops of color, personal items, DIY creations, plants and other tools. Witness the stunning transformation of your interior space and make a positive change in your life.

4 Ways to Decorate the Dorm Room With String Lights

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Your dorm room probably feels more like a cave than a bedroom. But by adding some lighting touches, you can totally transform the look. String lights are an affordable, customizable, lighting option loved by almost every college student. Instead of stringing along your room’s edges, try one of five create string lighting ideas.

1.   Create a Photo Display

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Don’t just hang your photos or put them in frames. Add a touch of whimsy with a string lighting display. Simply create four or five rows of lights along the wall. Crisscross them, make them swerve or curve. Then, print your photos via printer or a store and use clips or even clothes hangers to hang from the lines. For smaller spaces, purchase a giant or oversized vintage frame and spray paint it in a funky color. Then, string the lights on the inside of the frame and hang the picture in the perimeters. This is a great way to light up your pictures and draw attention to the memories you hold dear. Plus, it beats any old photo collage any day!

2.   Design a Study Nook

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Lighting can affect the way you study. Having too dim of lighting can mean having to strain and getting more frequent headaches, while too bright a space can negatively affect your memory. But with a comfortable, chic reading nook in your own room, you can personalize an area to match your needs with just a few string lights. Find a space in your dorm away from the television and any other distractions, preferably near an outlet (perhaps under your bunked bed or near your closet). Then, create a tent using old sheets and some wire hanging from your ceiling. Add string lights, pillows, and blankets inside to complete the look.

3.   Shape Out a Bed

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Dorm beds can be completely blah with their out-of-date wood stains and rickety frames. Making a canopy overhead or a headboard using faerie lights can give it a dreamy look ideal for the nighttime. For the canopy, use lights to create vertical rows over your bed. Then, add a white or tan sheet under the lights to dim the look softer and more romantic. For the headboard, just use the lights to shape out a traditional rectangular shape at the top of the bed along the wall. Alternatively, get creative and make a variety of shapes, letters, or symbols such as a heart, a home, or even your university’s letters.

4.   DIY a Work of Art

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Remember those fun lightbrights where you would use light bulbs to create shapes and pictures and then light it up to see it in action? You can make your own version with string lights and canvas art boards purchased at art stores. The easiest way to do this is to trace your image using a pencil onto the canvas. Then, use an exacto knife or drill to cut small holes through the canvas. String your lights through the holes and then plug in. Your artwork will come to life with the new lighting backdrop!

How do you use string lights in your dorm room? What creative ideas have you come up with? Let us know!