How to Make Your Dorm Feel More At Home

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Being miles away from home can be both invigorating and nerve racking. The time to move out, which probably seemed as if it wouldn’t come soon enough, has arrived and passed. Feelings of nostalgia may slip in, but remind yourself that your new dorm can still exude the comforting vibes of your former abode. Here are a few ways to snap out of it and avoid calling mom!

Being miles away from home can be both invigorating and nerve racking. The time to move out, which probably seemed as if it wouldn’t come soon enough, has arrived and passed. Feelings of nostalgia may slip in, but remind yourself that your new dorm can still exude the comforting vibes of your former abode. Here are a few ways to snap out of it and avoid calling mom!

Embellish your walls and brighten up your décor

Coming home from a tedious day of lectures and studying can be exhausting, spruce up your mood by plastering one or a few uplifting canvas’ on your wall. They will keep you motivated, and encourage positive thinking during bleak days by just reciting them. Also, add some colorful, plush pillows to your bed for physical comfort. Just maybe it will ease you into concentrating on those 20 chapters due tomorrow.

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Hang photos of family and friends

Yearning for those you love most is a common feeling among most college students at some point in the year. So get creative by, collecting a batch of old and new photos and post them to a cork board or hang them to put a smile on your face on any given day. The layout of the pictures can not only make you feel cheerful, but allow your dorm to feel more like your own.

Additional room lighting

Extra room lighting could be seen as an area of unimportance; however they will really come in handy at some point. More than often the actual lighting in dorms are unbalanced, with the assistance of some white Christmas lights or just a headlight lamp over your bed you can knock out late night studying while your roommate quietly rests. If you go with the Christmas lights route, they can definitely add a charming presence to your room.

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Generate a poster for your floor mates showcasing a few courses everyone takes

If you have siblings then the reality of being on your own all the time may feel unusual. Even though you have a roommate, that still might not be enough. So don’t forget there are still tons of people to meet. Ask your RA if you can make a poster that has the courses listed of others on your floor. Giving people the ability to congregate and study or swap lecture notes, which will in no time make you feel like one of three kids again. Meanwhile, this sets an opportunity to find people with similar interests as you, as well as who knows the next best Netflix show to binge watch.

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Stock up on study snack foods

Back at home there is no denying that your parents most likely kept a nicely stocked fridge and pantry that met your wants and needs. Sadly, those times have come to a standstill and it’s your responsibility to fill your designated storage space with snack foods. A deceiving room accessory that could come in handy for that storage space is a trunk. Fill it up with your favorite non-healthy and healthy snacks that will save you if the power ever goes out. Plus, its only use doesn’t have to be to store food, you can change it up every now and then with what is stocked inside like movies, blankets, and clothing.

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Shemaiah Ellis

Shemaiah Ellis

Hi all, my name is Shemaiah Ellis. I am currently a freshman in college, and I love the new experiences! In my spare time I enjoy taking photos, playing soccer, listening to music, reading new blogs, and spending time with friends and family. Check out my posts for the latest tips on new trends, and how to navigate through college life!
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