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Posted 
May 14, 2020
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If there was ever one universal truth, it’s this: change isn’t always easy - but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it when it comes around. Whether you’re beginning your first year of college or coming back after a life-changing summer, the start of a new school year is the perfect opportunity for you to reinvent yourself. This year, try embracing change instead of fighting it, and you might just start to see all of the benefits it brings to your life.

Reinvention doesn’t just involve switching up your wardrobe or dyeing your hair. If that were the case, most of us could probably say that we’ve reinvented ourselves several times over. To truly reinvent yourself, you have to reimagine your entire identity. Who you are, what you care about, and how you’ll present yourself to the rest of the world are all equally important in laying the groundwork for your reinvention. It’s only once you know who you want to be in this next phase of your life that you can begin to put together the pieces of what the new you will look like.

Maybe you will completely change your wardrobe or dye your hair that color you’ve never dared to before. Maybe you won’t want to change your outward appearance at all, but to focus instead on your behavior and attitude. Regardless, sprucing up your surroundings at the very least is going to help you be all the more successful in your reinvention. It could be something huge, like completely updating the dorm room decor you’ll bring along with you this year, or it could be something small, like adding a mirror to the dorm room decor you already have.

We definitely recommend adding a mirror to your decor, no matter which route you decide to take. Mirrors are a great tool for reflection - both literally and metaphorically. You can use one to make sure your outfit is in place before you head out to class or to meet up with some friends, or you can use it as a tool to check in on your reinvention progress. This year, check out some of these mirrors to tie all of your dorm room decor together:

Make a statement with this large, round mirror that will look great in your entryway. Image courtesy of OCM.

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Hub Circle Wall Mirror

Though you definitely don’t have to stick to any rules, there is a certain art to putting up a mirror in your dorm room. You don’t want to choose something that’s going to clash with the theme of the decor you’ve already picked out, but you probably also don’t want to pick the mirror that every other person on your dorm floor has chosen. If you’re looking for something unique, but still classy, the Hub Circle Wall Mirror is the way to go.

With the exception of vanity mirrors, when most people think of a mirror they might hang up in their living space, they think of something with sharp corners and a wooden, or maybe metal, frame. None of this can be used to describe the Hub Circle Wall Mirror. You can bring something that defies expectations to your dorm room this year with this unexpectedly round, rubber-lined mirror from Umbra.

The mirror that livens up your dorm room doesn’t have to be ostentatious to make a statement. While relatively simple, this particular mirror is sleek and slim, which will bring a modern touch to your dorm room decor  while still conserving the limited space you’ll probably have available in your room. We recommend hanging it up near your door so it can act as the statement piece that wows your guests when they come over. Pair it with neutrals or cool-toned colors to use it to its full potential.

Clocking in with a 37-inch diameter, the Hub Circle Wall Mirror really will be your statement piece. If you think the place you choose to hang it will be impactful, you’re probably right. Even better: that unique rubber frame we told you about earlier? It isn’t just a stylish new way to frame a mirror. The rubber surrounding the mirror also doubles as a shock-proof material, so if your mirror should slip out of your hands while you’re moving it or somehow be jostled off of its hood, the rubber frame should protect it from shattering.

This sleek and compact mirror will fit snugly into any corner of your dorm room. Image courtesy of OCM.

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Vala Floor Mirror and Accessory Holder

Let’s face it: dorm rooms are small. You might find yourself sometimes wondering how you could possibly pack up your entire life and move it into a space that’s only big enough to hold a bed, a dresser, a desk, and a small closet. You’d be hard-pressed just to find a bit of floor space. In a dorm room, you need a lot of storage if you’re going to have everything that you could possibly need on hand. So getting yourself a mirror that doubles as some storage space? That would be pretty efficient.

The Vala Floor Mirror and Accessory Holder is just what you need if you’re going to be living in close quarters in your dorm room this year. Specifically designed to fit into tight spaces, this multi-function mirror will help to keep your already tight space feeling much less cluttered. As a long, oval-shaped, floor-length mirror, it’s actually more compact than you would think - and the storage options don’t hurt either.

Combining the mirror itself with a clothing rack and a built-in accessory tray the Vala Floor Mirror’s sleek design brings about a modern twist on the old fashioned clothing valet. If you find your closet overflowing with clothes and you have no idea what to do with them, you can store them on the clothing rack behind this mirror. Even better: if you’ve ever wondered what you could possibly do to successfully air-dry the clothes that can’t be put in the dryer, the clothing rack attached to the Vala Floor Mirror is the perfect place to drape them over while they dry.

Tuck your Vala Floor Mirror into whatever corner you think will be the most convenient for you. Want it near your window so you can soak in as much natural light as possible when you check your reflection before going outside? Tuck it in that corner. Want it as close to your closet as possible so that you’re not sprinting back and forth across the room to find everything you need for your outfit on the days you are inevitably running late? Tuck it into the corner of your closet.

Available in four other colors, this mirror is classic and convenient for any college student who wants a quick way to check their reflection before they walk out the door. Image courtesy of OCM.

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Over the Door Mirror

As a college student, you don’t have a lot of free time. Between classes, extracurriculars, hours upon hours of homework, hanging out with your friends, and trying to get as sleep as you possibly can in the limited time you have remaining in a day. As a college student, you’ll probably find that it’s best to stick to whatever is the most convenient - and this will be no different when it comes to decorating your dorm room.

Perhaps the most traditional style of mirror in this collection, the Over the Door Mirror makes up for any misgivings you may have about the style with its convenience. Since you can attach it to your dorm room door, this mirror arguably takes up the least amount of space out of all of the ones we’re featuring. And since (presumably) your door will usually be closed before you leave your room to go to class or meet your friends, having your mirror set up on the inside of your door will be convenient for checking your reflection right before you leave the room.

Prop this chic and useful mirror up in the corner of your room if you’re looking for a way to leisurely look at your reflection. Image courtesy OCM

Available in five different colors, the Over the Door Mirror is incredibly easy to set up. Simply take the over the door mounts that are included in the packaging, hook them over your dorm room door, and slide the slots on the back of your mirror over the hooks that stick out into your room. Sturdy but thin, the mounts should have no problem moving back and forth between the top of the door and the moulding. 

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Hub Floor Length Mirror with Storage

When we say you’ll need all the storage space you can get when you’re living in a dorm room, we’re not kidding. Once you fill up the limited space you’ll have in your room with things like bedding, your clothes, school supplies, cleaning supplies, and any other decorations you’ve decided to bring along with you to spruce the place up, you’ll probably be wondering just how you’re going to have space for the overflowing bins of belongings you also brought along with you.

While you don’t necessarily need that Cards Against Humanity set, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have on hand for the next time you and your group of friends all get together and feel like being horrible people for a couple hours. The same goes for those coloring books you brought along for a rainy day. These need to be stored, too, unless you just want them sitting out in the open for you to trip over in the middle of the night.

Now, a multi-functional mirror probably isn’t the best place to store these things, but you could store them on that shelf above your dresser and move some of your sweaters to hang over the rack on the back of the Hub Floor Length Mirror with Storage. With four rungs on the rack in the back and over five feet in height, you can store quite a few of your sweaters (or scarves or whatever else you’d like to find a place for) behind this mirror. 

This year, why not make change fun? Switching up your dorm room decor is the perfect way to foster positive change in your own life, and a new mirror might be exactly what you need to start accepting the changes that you need to.

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