13 Ways To Make Your Dorm Room Cozy And Comfortable

13 Ways To Make Your Dorm Room Cozy And Comfortable

Home sweet home!

1. Throw Pillows

Throw pillows make your room so much cuter! They even add great comfort when going to sleep. Not only are they cute and comfy but show your personality through the many cute quotes and designs! (Dormify.com and Target are two great places to purchase fun pillows).

2. Wall Tapestry

Not only do tapestries cover those boring bare dorm room walls but are also the perfect background to take a picture in front of! (Urban Outfitters and Dormify.com have the best tapestries).

3. Monogram

I am absolutely obsessed with monograms and think they are the perfect decor item for a dorm room! The initials make the room more personalized to you. (I found my monogram decal on Etsy.com).

4. Wall Quotes

Wall quotes are a great way to decorate your walls. There are millions of phrases out there that you can choose from to hang up! (TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Dormify.com have very cute wall decorations).

5. Mirrors

Mirrors are not only a necessity to use in your dorm room but also add great decoration too! There are many different types of mirrors that come in all different shapes and sizes in which you can buy to your liking. (HomeGoods is a great place to purchase mirrors).

6. Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are a cute decoration to hang in your room. They are especially beneficial if you are a night owl like me and enjoy staying up late and prefer a relaxing ambience. (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods have great fairy lights. If you are looking for shaped lights Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are good stores to look at).

7. Throw Blanket

There is nothing like a cozy blanket that makes you feel like your right at home. Blankets are a great decor item to throw at the end of your bed that not only is a cute touch to your bedding but will keep you comfy and warm! (TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack have the cutest and softest blankets to choose from).

8. Rug

Rugs give a homier feel to any dorm room. They feel great to walk on, sit on or even sleep on! There are so many rugs to purchase such as furry, sheepskin and ones with fun patterns! (Target is a great place to look for rugs).

9. Mason Jars

Mason jars are a cute item to place on your desk for decoration and storage. These jars are perfect to fill up with anything from makeup brushes to school supplies! (Target is a good place to buy these).

10. Pictures

Hanging pictures in your dorm room adds a little something to decorate your plain walls. It is also a reminder of the family, friends and pets that you cherish love! (If you would rather put pictures on your desk than your wall I recommend buying picture frames at HomeGoods).

11. Funky Chair

Switch out that boring desk chair for one that is fun and comfy! Adding a funky chair adds some excitement to your dorm room. (Target has a great variety of chairs to choose from).

12. Coffee Mugs

Not only are coffee mugs a cute item to put on your desk but are great for drinking coffee/hot chocolate, eating cereal/oatmeal and/or storing pens and pencils! (Anthropologie have the trendiest coffee mugs).

13. Succulents

Succulents are a cute decor item to add something extra to your room. These are great plants for a college dorm room because they require very little care. Just remember to bring your succulents home on school breaks to continue to give them good care! (Lowes and Home Depot are good places to look for succulents).

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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