If you’re anything like me, you’ve reached the point in the semester where your dorm room is feeling pretty small, and you’re getting bored with how it looks. I think there’s something about that midterm restlessness that makes me feel like changing things up. Whether your room is making you feel claustrophobic or you’re just wanting something new, sometimes our dorms just need a bit of sprucing up.
HERE ARE SEVEN EASY WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR DORM ROOM:
1. ADOPT SOME PLANTS
I have a black thumb, but I still LOVE plants. Not only does a bit of green and fresh life make your environment seem more peaceful and connect you with the outdoors, but plants will also clean the air in your dorm for you. Win-win! I’ve managed to keep an aloe plant and a little tree alive in my dorm, but my succulent plant is definitely the easiest to care for; if you’re bad at taking care of plants like me, get a succulent or a cactus!
2. OPEN WINDOWS
We underestimate the wonders of fresh air. With the heat running all winter and so many people crowding one building, dorms can be majorly stuffy by this time in the year. Even if it’s cold in your area and you can only keep them open for a few minutes, open your windows! Your room will smell better and feel better, and your room will feel less stifling as well.
3. SWITCH UP YOUR WALLS
Sometimes, we just need to switch up what we’ve hung on the walls. Take things down and make your room look simplified, print new quotes and pictures off, or rearrange what you already have.
Dirty rooms are hard to live in, and they feel small. Take some time and deep clean your room! Empty trash cans, sweep or vacuum, dust, and make the room smell and look good once more.
5. MOVE FURNITURE AROUND
Your furniture is not glued in one place. If your room REALLY needs a change, try moving some pieces around. Although you may not have the ability to change things completely, even swapping your desk and your dresser may help.
Your room being clean doesn’t necessarily mean it’s organized as well. Take some time to go through and organize your room. Toss old papers and clean up your desk, reorder your clothes and shoes, or organize your makeup and hair supplies. Whatever needs to be straightened in your room, organize that area.
7. CHANNEL YOUR INNER MINIMALIST
Finally, if your room is feeling small, that might be a good sign that you have too much stuff. Next time you go home, try taking the things you don’t use home and put them aside for when you have your own apartment or house after school. If you really just have too much stuff, try donating what you don’t wear or use; keep what you love and use regularly. Not only will you have more room, but somebody else will be able to put that thing to good use.