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.
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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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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"

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Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.

Damages

Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.

Neighborhood

It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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