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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Happy June everyone, it’s finally summer! It’s time to relax and take a break from school. If you’re a new high school graduate, congratulations! We know you’ve got a little something on your mind other than just lazy days at the pool and a great tan: You’ve got a fresh dorm room to decorate, and we’re here to help.1.png

First, find out the shape and size of your dorm room. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to see a sample room on one of your visits to campus. If not, check your college or university's website or contact a member of the Residence Life staff to see if you can get a diagram. Once you know the room set-up, you’ll have a better idea of where things should go, such as whether your beds could be bunked or lofted. If you decided to go with an assigned roommate, you’ll probably find out who she is sometime during the summer. Connect with her over Facebook or email to learn more about her, and talk about what you want your room to look like. If your styles don’t match, that’s totally OK! Your dorm room should be an expression of both of your personalities.

Next, stay organized and use all the space you can. For extra storage, use a bed hutch or another form of shelving instead of a headboard. Desk hutches are perfect for creating vertical storage and neatly holding all your books on top of your desk. Most importantly, use under-the-bed storage space by lofting your bed high enough for your dresser to fit under it, and you can keep all your items hidden under a long bed skirt.

Finally, we all want our dorm rooms to feel like home, but don’t go overboard and clutter your already small space. Avoid going to the store and buying too many decorations or “must have” dorm items too soon. You might not need bed risers, extra seating or floor lamps. It is best to start small, and then build from there. After joining a sorority, most likely your “big” (big sister) will decorate block letters, paint canvases or give you picture frames with your new sorority letters. Keep this in mind when decorating so you don’t use all the space on your walls and shelves.

Check out our Dorm Life Pinterest board for elaborate and minimalist examples so, you can get inspired and really make the design yours.

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