By Dana Tillyard and Annika McDonald 

The final College Lockdown has taken place and Harvest Seniors are finishing their applications. While they await their results from the colleges of their choice, some are beginning to think of scholarships, while others are dreaming of life on campus. Here are some tips for designing a dream dorm! The final College Lockdown has taken place and Harvest Seniors are finishing their applications. While they await their results from the colleges of their choice, some are beginning to think of scholarships, while others are dreaming of life on campus.

Here are some tips for designing a dream dorm! To start planning, you can first get store apps like Target or Amazon to make your wishlist. Next, check a list of supplies from your college and create a specific list for your college dorm. We recommend finding your necessities before you focus on what is “aesthetically pleasing.” Keep in mind that your dorm may be a single dorm, a double dorm, or a suite. You may or may not have your own bathroom. If your dorm room does, you will  need items for a bathroom to add on your list. If your roommate asks for a certain tone or aesthetic for the room, keep that in mind as well Bed necessities: When you walk into your room and need to relax, study, sleep, or just hang out, your bed takes up a huge amount of space and attention in your room. The perfect hiding spot is under your bed. Whether you store extra clothes, food, things that generally take up a lot of space, under the bed storage is a must! No matter what your situation looks like in your room, under your bed storage is always an amazing way of saving space. Putting items under your bed allows your room to be much more organized. On YouTube, you might see videos of people that have aesthetically pleasing beds and tons of throw pillows, but you don’t actually need that stuff. Add an extra blanket at the foot of your bed, or add some stuffed animals! Whatever makes you feel most at home! If you have friends over, you might want to keep a foldable chair somewhere if they need to sit.

A quick tip to make your room look even more put together is a tapestry. A tapestry brings color, complexity and a softer look to your room when you don’t want to stare at white walls all day. You can install them onto your wall by using double sided sticky tape, or if you don’t mind holes in your tapestry, you can use command hooks.  Bathroom necessities: The first few things when looking into a college bathroom, whether or not you have your own, are flip flops, a shower caddy, shampoo and conditioner, soap, and towels. Those are the essentials for taking a shower. Other aspects of the bathroom include a toothbrush and toothpaste, face cleansers, moisturizers, and personal items such as retainers. Although the essentials are different for everyone, based on their own preference and their own beliefs, everyone should have a toothbrush, toothpaste, flip flops, soap and at least one towel for the bathroom. Other things people like having in their bathroom or their shower caddy are lotion, a loofah or scrubbing gloves, exfoliators, a robe, waterproof speaker, razors, body wash and whatever else suits their needs.

When leaving the bathroom make sure you take everything with you and clean up after yourself. No one likes a dirty bathroom when all they want to do is get clean! Cleaning necessities: When you want to clean your room, a great thing to have is an air freshener of any kind, a vacuum (if you have a rug) and something to hang your towels on. If you leave your towels wet for too long, they can get moldy. Gross! The first type of cleaning supply you will need is hand sanitizer. You may decide to get a big one for your room and a travel size for on-the-go, but it is important for when you don’t feel like traveling all the way to the shared bathroom just to wash your hands or if you have friends over and they want to eat with you.

Next, are wipes. Wipes will help you clean your desk, windows (if you have), mirror, computer, phone, cords and almost everything else you have in your room. Depending on what else you accessorize within your room, you will need different things. If you have a carpet, you need a vacuum, if you have a whiteboard, you need a special cleaning solution for that, etc. One last necessity is an air freshener. Any kind will do if it’s febreeze, a plug in scent, and depending on the college, a candle. You don’t realize how much your room smells until it’s too late.  Food necessities: the part you’ve all been waiting for. If you have a refrigerator in your dorm, make sure you don’t only have sugary, carbohydrate filled drinks in there.  You and your roommate (if you have one) are most likely going to have different class schedules, and times when you’re both not going to be in the room together. Make sure to have clear communication on the food in the fridge and be mindful of their food allergies. You would like them to do the same for you! Also, it’s always good to have a sweet treat somewhere in your bedroom, whether it’s ice cream in your freezer, a cookie in a cookie jar, or a brownie you can quickly microwave, it’s always good to have on hand.

With these tips, you can plan for a great start to your first term!

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