|My room in Sydney, Australia|
One of my least favorite things about going away to school is consistently moving into new rooms. It can actually feel a little depressing, moving into a completely bare room for the first time. I’m now living in my third room (I wish I had more pictures of my rooms from freshman or sophomore year) and I think I’m finally starting to get a hang of this whole “decorating” thing.
It’s a little harder when you move abroad since there aren’t a whole lot of things you can take with you. It’s pretty similar to going to college in a new place that’s not as close to your hometown. You don’t want to take things with you that could possibly get damaged and you can’t even fit them in your luggage.
But three years down the road and I have this down. Send me into Target with a credit card and I could have your room outfitted in two hours flat (ok, maybe not).
- Get a mattress pad. Dorm beds aren’t the most comfortable. It’s just the way the [college] world works. Get a decent mattress pad and you might start to like the bed in your dorm more than you like the bed in your house.
- Get bedding that you enjoy looking at. Maybe this sounds funny, but your comforter/quilt cover sets the theme for your entire room. If you want to put the focus on your decorations, your best bet may be a solid color. I prefer dark comforters so they don’t show dirt (although I had a really cute white one last year, which I did spill on) with simple patterns. I have white sheets right now, but coral or yellow (a bright, warm color) could look good with the navy. White is a tough color though, since it shows everything, so choose wisely.
- Get a throw blanket. It doesn’t have to be something fancy. I have a $15 fuzzy blanket from Kmart. The blanket makes the bed look more homey and it comes in handy when you’re feet get cold but you don’t want to get in bed yet. Also, great for naps.
- Hang up something that inspires you. I’m a big fan of motivational posters. I also have a mala from Tiny Devotions that reminds me of my daily intentions.
- Put something up that reminds you of home. I have a lot of pictures on my wall. They’re cheap to get (I got 70 for about $10 in Australia) and they instantly made my room feel more livable. Especially being abroad, I love having pictures of my family and friends up to remind me of home. The feeling was also similar when I had pictures up from home during my freshman year of college. In addition to pictures, I got an inexpensive ceramic cactus from Kmart and put it next to my Arizona hat because cactus = Tucson obviously.
- Get something that makes your room smell better. Candles aren’t allowed in most college apartments and dorms so I highly recommend plug ins. I have one from Bath and Body Works, but the plug ins they sell at Walmart in Target are good options as well. Here, I have essential oil reed diffusers because, honestly, I just think they look prettier (they were also cheaper).
- Hang up something pretty. I have a tapestry that I hang up at home. Those instantly brighten up a room with their large patterns. I also used to hang up a lot of my little paintings for pops of color. Here, I bought a simple poster that reminds me of my favorite place, the beach. I definitely came to the right place: Australia.
Other than that, outfitting a room just comes down to getting the basics: hangers, sheets, towels, toiletries, etc. Spend the few extra dollars to get something that will last you a whole year instead of getting the cheapest thing. It doesn’t mean you have to get the most expensive thing, but you really get what you pay for and a few extra dollars will pay off in the long run (especially concerning towels for some reason).
|Hang up something that inspires you.|
|Hang up something that’s just pretty to look at.|
|Hang up something you’ve made.|