Decorating a dorm can be challenging because while you want to make it cute, you also want to be reasonable in how much you buy/pack. Keep reading to see my list of 6 things you must take to decorate your dorm, and 6 things you should leave behind.
6 Things to Decorate Your Dorm
1. Pictures/picture frames
It is so comforting to have pictures of loved ones from back home in your college dorm. It is even better when those pictures are in unbelievably cute frames!
2. Wall quotes
There are so many encouraging quotes on canvas or in frames that you can pick up at the store. Or, you can make it an afternoon craft to display your favorite Bible verse for your room… either way, this can serve as cute decor and as a pick-me-up as well!
Curtains are a nice way to dress up the windows in your dorm that most likely resemble a jail cell window. And for those random mornings where you may get to sleep in, they serve a very necessary function of blocking the sun out so you can snooze way longer than you probably should!
4. Storage ottoman
Whether you need a step stool or a place to rest your feet, having a small storage ottoman is the perfect fit. When moving into a college dorm, anything is worth the money if it’s cute and provides storage. I used my storage ottoman for my dishes, and it was perfect!
5. At least one initial
I really don’t know what it is about our initials, but decorating with letters is so fun! If you’re not gifted one as a graduation gift, make sure to purchase your first initial to hang on the wall. What better way to personalize your space?
6. Cute desk supplies
Okay so here is a true story: while dorm shopping with my mom a couple years ago, we were faced with a major dilemma. There was a plain black stapler for $7 or a metallic gold one for $22. Logically, I went for the black stapler, but my mother stopped me. She told me that if I promised to keep the gold stapler on display on my desk, she would buy it for me. I agreed, and my desk has never been more stylish.
6 Things to Leave Behind
Okay, so I don’t know what it is, but sometimes Pinterest is way too much, and this whole being-headboard-to-college-for-your-twin-bed things is definitely unnecessary. I cannot picture a headboard like that functioning properly and quite honestly, it seems like too much of a hassle.
2. Desk chair
If your school provides you with a desk chair, you do not need to bring a different one. Yes, I know, the chair they give you could be SO ugly. But, quite often, the school will make you keep all furniture in your room, so bringing a second chair would just take up more room than needed. Also, remember, whatever you bring to school also has to go home nine months later.
3. An excessive amount of throw pillows
Throw pillows are addicting, I get it. However, I have seen so many girls cover their small college beds in pillows. I can guess, though, that those same girls don’t make their beds regularly. So what does that mean? Throw pillows become literally thrown all over the floor. I don’t think it’s worth the trouble.
4. Anything valuable
If someone made you something of high value, or you have that one adorable vintage piece from your grandma, leave it behind. The risk of transporting it from your house, to the car, to your dorm, and then just to reverse that moving process months later, it is too risky. Not to mention the chaos that can ensue in a college dorm. If your heart would break if you lost it, leave it tucked away back home.
I personally have never been a fan of tapestries. The challenge with tapestries is that they are large sheets of color, and dorm rooms are often very small. To spread something that large across the wall, would only cramp up the room. Keep the wall decor simple, to be sure not to minimize your space.
6. Books you won’t read
I LOVE the look of books on a bookshelf. It was so painful for me to leave my pretty looking books on my shelf back home. However, the fact of the matter is the main books you will most likely be reading at school are your textbooks. I would suggest picking just a couple of your favorites or the next book on your list, and leave the rest at home.
Well there you have it! Packing for college can be extremely overwhelming. It is hard to decide which parts of your life get to come with you to your new life, and what you should leave behind, especially when you need to buy new things as well. Just stay calm, and know that whatever you take, if you forget something, you can always get it next time you’re home!