Calling Your Dorm Room “Home”

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With school right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of your dorm room. Central Self Storage wants to help make the transition a little easier with these tips on how to transform your dorm room to your “home away from home,” and how self storage can help you along the way.

Focus on What Matters

It’s easy to get carried away by stores offering various innovative dorm accessories. However, you just need to focus on two main points. First, you need a space where you can sleep and work comfortably. This means a functional desk and a chair that you’ll be able to sit in for extended amounts of time. Some universities furnish their dorms with desks, so be sure to check whether one is provided for you.

Second, look into buying a foam pad or a pillowtop mattress topper to place on your twin XL mattress; even a thin addition can tremendously increase your comfort. A waterproof mattress protector is also a good idea for the sake of hygiene. Keep these tips at the forefront of your mind as you shop for the upcoming school year so you don’t get carried away on the unnecessary.

Light It Up

Dorm room lighting is universally inadequate. But here’s the great news—this is quite possibly the only time in your entire life that you will not be paying for utilities in the place you live. Add some fun light sources, like string lights, rope lights, floor lamps, or desk lamps. You can’t really go wrong with lighting. Also, smaller lights come in handy when your roommate wants to go to bed but you still have a ten page paper to finish. Not only will lighting open up your space, but it will make it more functional.

Take a Seat

When buying new belongings for your dorm room, think about what life will be like there. For many, dorm rooms include people coming and going all the time, and they’re not exactly known for their seating options. Now’s your chance to come up with creative seating arrangements. Having a rug helps because people are more apt to sit on it rather than cold tile or dirty carpet. Beanbags, poufs, and floor pillows are all great options and stow away very easily. Pretty soon your room will be the place to hang.

Be Choosy with Your DIY

Do-it-yourself projects add great personality and taste to a space. Not only that, but you’ll feel accomplished after completing them. Be sure not to go overboard, though. Some DIY projects can be pretty bold, and it’s best to find a few favorites rather than turning your room into a do-it-disaster.

Keep It Simple With Self Storage

Dorm rooms have limited space, so the number one rule is to downsize… everything. Take the time before you leave home to go through each item and decide whether you will use it or not. Sometimes, you just have to live there for a while to figure out what you will or won’t use, too. Either way, dorm storage can be your lifesaver. Before you move to the dorms, use a self storage unit to hold some larger items that you’re not sure you’ll need but still want to keep around. It’s easy to get them down the road if things change.

Once you move into your new space, you might realize that you brought way too much and your dorm room is becoming cluttered. If that’s the case, then a storage unit at your nearest Central Self Storage facility can hold some of your belongings in student storage while you enjoy living in a whole new place and making the most of it.

Moving into the dorms gives you the chance to express yourself in your very own space. Remember to focus on the places that matter, like your bed and desk. Keep your room functional while creating the space you envision. Most importantly, keep self storage on hand so you never feel like you’re drowning in your belongings. As you experience new things and make new memories, let Central Self Storage help you along the way.