Your new dorm might not feel like or smell like home, but there are definitely some ways you can make it your own. Despite the stigma around home décor and DIY only being for girls (which it’s not), creating and decorating your new living space is one of the most effective ways of making your new “house” a home.
The first step to decorating cute and cheap is to get yourself to one of the hundreds of thrift stores in Houston. One of my favorites is The Cottage Shop in Montrose. This quaint yet versatile vintage store has everything from kitchen supplies to wall décor. Best part is, it’s owned and run by The Women’s Home, who serve women in Houston who have experienced trauma or some sort of crisis.
Put up photos
Doesn’t matter if it’s a photo of you (self-obsession is sometimes OK), your dog/cat/pet tarantula, your family, best friends or significant other. Putting up photos of your loved can make living away just the slightest bit more tolerable. There also a number of places you can hang photos up. My personal favorite: metal frame photo holders.
Create storage spaces
If you’re anything like me and you’re striving to live a more minimalistic lifestyle, you attempted to not bring all of your belongings from home. Truth be told, it’s much easier said than done. But, creating unique storage spaces for your belongings can be fun and a good way to personalize your room/apartment.
Put up posters
Ah this is always a great one. Nothing makes me happier than to wake up to my “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” poster or my print of Mariano Peccinetti. It brings some sort of solace. I don’t know if it’s because the prints are beautiful themselves or if it just reminds me of things that I love and enjoy.
Leave some space for food that you love
Maybe you no longer can wake up to the smell of your favorite savory or sweet pie, but you can definitely stock up on snacks that remind you of home. Whether it’s jerky for fellow Coloradans, Moonpies for Alabamians or cheese straws for Mississippians, comfort food that smells and tastes like home is a must.
Plants, plants, plants
My obsession with cacti may be the driving force behind this one. Okay, it definitely is the driving force behind this one but nothing can brighten your room better than some greenery. Most popular of them all are definitely succulents, which require minimal care due to their ability to survive in dry, arid conditions.
Nothing feels better than coming back to your room after a long day of just absolute exhaustion and stress. The first thing you’ll want to do it flop onto your bed for a nice nap with your plethora of pillows to keep you snuggled in to point of suffocation. After all, this is going to be your safe spot, so having it decked out with your favorite stuffed animals (I know you have some) and fluffy pillows will make your dorm just feel a bit homier.