Living on your own is a daunting experience. You don’t have anyone to cook for you, do the laundry, and even wake yourself up in the morning. You are literally on your own managing your studies and personal life. And because you are living in a dormitory, you are bound to have a roommate. It is not just space you will share but even stories, secrets and memorable experiences which will compromise much of your college life. It is important then to have good communication with your roommate then.
On average a dorm is around 228 square feet. It indeed pays to maximize each space for both study and extracurricular activities. While there is a bunch of things your parents would want you to bring, but you should know which is necessary and which is not.
If you are planning to buy a table where you can study and do your homework, go find a hutch instead. This way you have an ample space for all your books and other materials all in one area and furniture. The top surface can also serve as your makeshift desk, allowing you to work even in the wee hours of the morning at the edge of your bed. This is quite affordable and even doable if you may. All you need are sturdy slab of plywood for the frame and divider and voila you have your own hutch. What’s more is that you can customize this to your liking – from the color up to additional dividers or vertical fixture.
Use walls wisely
This is your ultimate best friend! Though you are not supposed to use nails, command hooks will do the trick. From your keys, jackets down to your umbrella, you can hook them all up on here. It’s the most common and easiest way as you can just remove it without damaging the design of the wall. If you have an extra budget, you can opt to buy vertical furniture where you can place everything in it. The key here is you are using the space you consumed wisely.
Elevate your bed
Finding the best way to store your shoes or clothes? Then bring you bed a couple of feet higher. This way you can convert the bottom part of your bed to your own makeshift bunker where your clothes, essentials, shoes, even your laundry are neatly organized. You can even bring some friends over or visitors as everything is obscured from view. There are a couple of handful materials to use to elevate your bed like bed lofts. If they are not enough, then opt to have your bed frame customized to a certain height.
Your own Pantry
Waking up early while working late at night will be your normal routine. It’s unavoidable and part of university life that you must embrace. With all this a good companion will be food. And you will be needing tons of it, swear. Your own pantry would be good containing all your comfort foods and healthy stuff that really boosts your creative juices and your mind really active. If you have a spare, bring a small refrigerator with you. Of course, you would have to ask the regulations and know more about its electrical consumption.
You wouldn’t want want your things to be all over the place, don’t you? A vertical rack will be good with a couple of tiers. Each tier should be filled with all the necessities you would need. Nuts would be a good staple as it is an excellent brain food. Whatever food you decided to store, just make sure that each is properly labeled and organized.
Dorm life can be challenging, but it is certainly manageable. Your planning and organizational skills will be put to a test. The key things to remember is to arrange your dorm the way you are most comfortable, while also being logistically easy and feasible.