Dorm Decorating

Your first year of college is going to be full of excitement and new adventures. While you might not be home anymore, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it feel a little like home by giving your dorm some color and style! You should think of your dorm walls as canvases waiting to be brought to life. 

Before we dive in, keep in mind that your room should be a place you find comfort in. Your room should be inviting even if it’s just inviting to you. You’re going to be living here for about a year, so you should consider what kinds of things you want to surround yourself with. Think about what kind of space you want to spend your study, sleep and free time.

Color scheme

The first step into bringing your dorm room to life is determining what colors you want to be surrounded by. This is an opportunity to start fresh in the decor department so consider these questions: Do you want colors that stand out? Do you prefer neutral colors? Do you prefer more earth tones? Do you lean more towards pastel colors?

There may be an aesthetic that you gravitate towards. There are so many styles: Minimalistic, Boho, Preppy, Artsy, etc. Look up different styles online to get a feel for what you might like. Who knows, you might be leaning towards something you’ve never tried before! 

bedding

As mentioned, this is an opportunity to start fresh. This statement also stands true with your bed sheets. By now, you should have settled on a color scheme or aesthetic you want to pursue for your room. Using those, consider if you’ll be wanting bed sheets or a comforter with solid colors or patterns. You can also try accent pillows and throw blankets: they’re not only stylish, but they also serve a purpose!

lighting

You can never go wrong with some fairy lights! They can be hung above your bed, around bookshelves, or along the wall. They can even be hung around your study area. Studying may not always be fun, but fairy lights can make studying less dull. Even if you don’t place fairy lights over your study area you will definitely be wanting to place some sort of lighting equipment there. After all, you may be pulling all-nighters at some point!

Another good option is an adjustable desk lamp. This will allow you to adjust the lighting according to the brightness of the room.

maximizing space

If you’re looking to maximize the space in your room, you should definitely consider using storage bins. You’ll want to take advantage of the space under your bed by using bed risers to keep all your bins accessible and organized. Also, if you’re looking to maximize your closet space you may want to use hanging organizers. These will increase the space for both your clothing and shoes.  

wall art

Like we said earlier, your walls are a canvas waiting to be brought to life. You can bring them to life with mementos such as your favorite pictures, movie posters, motivational boards, or even school banners to get you into the school spirit! If you want to fill your walls with something new you can also create a new art piece to hang.

Your decor can have more than one purpose, like cork boards and whiteboards. These will allow you to track your schedule and school events as well as a means of communication between you and your roommate (if you have one).

furniture

Your room will most likely not be the same size as your room back home. You should be cautious of the size of the furniture you bring into your dorm area. Consider bringing in furniture that will serve more than one purpose. This will allow you to take advantage of the space in your room. A good example of multi purpose furniture is a storage ottoman: they are both chic and useful in more than one way.

One last thing to consider is that you’ll most likely be sharing your room with a roommate. If you are, try reaching out to them to see if they will also be decorating their side of the room. Should they also have the same thoughts the two of you can coordinate to have one specific theme for the entire room. Your roommate(s) will be one of the people you interact with first in your college journey. Some people stay close friends with their roommates even after college, maybe you will too!

We hope these dorm decorating tips help you out. They have definitely helped us!  

Dorm Room Microwave Meals

College is a huge transition in many of our lives, and it comes with so many amazing (and sometimes stressful) experiences! One of the biggest changes is going from living at home with your parents, to living either in a college dorm room or apartment. Living in a college dorm can be tough on your eating habits because it’s not very conducive to cooking. College dining halls are great, but sometimes you don’t want to get out of the dorm for every single meal! We understand the struggle, so we’ve found several recipes that can be made in your college dorm with just a microwave and mini-fridge! No more late night packets of ramen and spoonfuls of peanut butter!

Breakfast

  1. Overnight Oats – there are so many ways to make overnight oats, and all you need are oats, any type of milk, and whatever toppings you want! Most overnight oat recipes are super simple. All you have to do is combine oats and milk in a 1:1 ratio (½ cup is usually a good breakfast size) and then mix it up with your favorite toppings. That can be berries, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, yogurt, peanut butter…the sky’s the limit!
  2. Microwavable Scrambled Eggs – sounds strange, but it’s so easy and healthy! All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, eggs, and a fork. You can eat it plain or top it with avocado, microwavable bacon, or salsa for a kick!
  3. Blueberry Muffin – classic breakfast recipe you can make in the microwave!

Main dishes

  1. Microwavable Mac and Cheese – ultimate comfort food! You can make this in a mug in less than 5 minutes. It’s also perfect serving size for 1 person!
  2. Baked Potato – that’s right, you can make these right in your microwave! Just pop that potato in the microwave and get your toppings ready – it takes less than 10 minutes!
  3. Vegetarian Burrito Bowl – for when you can’t make it to Chipotle! You can make so many variations of this depending on what toppings you have, but the base is so quick and easy!
  4. Pizza in a Mug – you may seem skeptical, but it’s a college dorm room staple! This recipe gives the basic ingredients, but you can jazz it up with whatever toppings your heart desires.

Sweet Treats

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie – for those nights you can’t get rid of your sweet tooth! Learn how you can make a homemade cookie in just a couple minutes.
  2. Strawberry Pop Tart – this could be a breakfast, but also satisfies late night cravings! Just like a pop tart, it has a sugary outer layer and jam-filled center – you could try any flavor of jam to mix it up!
  3. Coffee Cake – an indulgent treat you can make in a mug! And who doesn’t love coffee at all times of the day?