7 Ways To Take Your Dorm Room From Drab To Fab

7 Ways To Take Your Dorm Room From Drab To Fab

How to make your dorm room feel more like home.

Arriving at school on move in day and seeing an extremely bare room with plain white walls and tile floors definitely provides an element of stress. How in the world do you take what practically looks like a jail cell and turn it into your home away from home? Surprisingly, that task is much easier than it seems. By adding just a few things, your dorm room could possibly feel cozier than your room at home.

1. Rug.

A rug not only makes the room look more open, but it also provides additional seating for all the friends you will make because of your cozy room. A rug will also cover up the cold, tile floor no one wants to sit on or look at. For most dorm rooms, a 5x7 or 6x8 sized rug will fit just fine. While these big rugs can get pricey, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Big Lots, and Christmas Tree Shop have some super soft rugs for cheap!

2. Lamp.

Let’s face it, dorm lighting definitely is not the best. The tiny overhead light that is in each dorm barely lights up the room. A floor lamp will provide extra light and adds a soft glow to the room. It might even improve your selfie lighting which is a major plus. Don't forget the desk lamp either! Target and Walmart both have some great options for floor and desk lamps for a low cost.

3. Curtains.

Even though every dorm room comes with blinds, curtains will help add that little bit extra to the room. White flowy curtains make the room look airy and inviting, I mean curtains will help on the weekends when the sun rises way before you want to. However, most colleges require that curtains be flame resistant, or sprayed with fire retardant spray. Make sure you follow these guidelines while shopping. No one wants to buy super cute curtains and then have to return them.

4. Christmas lights.

Christmas lights are super pretty and also add extra lighting for your room. They’re dim enough to use as a night light for when you need some extra study time but your roommate wants to hit the hay. For a cute DIY project, spray paint clothespins your favorite color and use them to hang pictures from the strings of christmas lights. Big Lots has white string christmas lights for only $5!

5. Lots and lots of pictures.

Having pictures of friends and family all over your room helps when the homesickness really hits hard. Being able to look up and see pictures of the numerous memories you made before college helps you smile when you’re feeling a little down. Also, pictures make the room look super lived in and comfy. At Walmart, prices range from $.09 to $.25 per print, so you can definitely print out the 30 pictures of your dog to hang up around the room.

6. Pillows.

Who doesn’t love decorative pillows that match your comforter perfectly? Pillows make your bed look super inviting for when you come home from your 8 a.m. feeling dead and you can easily throw them on the floor for when the girls from down the hall come over for movie night. Many stores now offer "Bed in a Bag" sets that come with some adorable pillows that match everything! One less thing to stress about while college shopping.

7. Blanket.

Mostly everyone has that one blanket that is their designated security blanket. That thing has been through everything from wisdom teeth extractions to breakups with you and how could you possibly survive college without it? Believe me, during the winter it will definitely help with providing some extra heat.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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One Of These Four Seasons Was Created By Pure Evil

The Devil is laughing at all of us!


Most states and even countries have 4 seasons all year round. You're somewhere where the leaves are changing different colors, snow mysteriously falls from the sky, flowers start to bloom, or it gets intensively hot out of nowhere. But one of these seasons was created by Satan himself.

These are the 4 seasons:

  1. Autumn - the crisp cool air that makes you want to drink a salted caramel latte
  2. Winter - cold but yet relaxing atmosphere that makes you want to cozy up
  3. Spring - the in-between stage of winter and summer yet you want to wear floral patterns and bright or pastel colors
  4. Summer - you are a hot one but everyone loves you, so let's take a dip in some body of water

Do you know which one I was talking about that Satan sits back and laughs at all of us?

It's SPRING! Spring was created by the Devil himself. And I'll tell you why.

It is the peak of allergy season!

For those of you who have allergies or terrible allergies aka moi, you know Spring is the worst season of them all. Spring has officially sprung by murdering our nostrils and making you tear up for no reason. Pollen is at its ultimate high and the white nasty smelling flowers are blooming from the trees. Lucifer himself is enjoying your pain! Which is absolutely rude.

How do you beat this you ask?

Well, it's hard but you can do it! First, get some allergy prescription and never step outside till June! Call your boss and tell him or her that you are taking a long hiatus, kick your feet up, watch a ton of movies, eat some Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, meal prep and etc. because you're staying inside for a while.

Spring is the Devil.

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