Making Your College Apartment Feel like Home
When you move into a college apartment for the first time, it can be hard to make those cinder
block walls feel like home. Many people struggle feeling like their dorm is actually a place that
they can relax and enjoy their spare time.
To make sure that your college dorm feels like home, it is important that you put some effort into
the process. It won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen unless you are willing to invest some
time and some money into the process.
Hang Pictures and Add Lighting
Start by hanging some pictures. Hanging
pictures can be difficult if you are not
permitted to put any nail holes in the way,
but talk with your building administrator
about acceptable equipment to hang
pictures throughout your new home.
Talk with your roommates about ways that
you can add some personal touches to your
dorm or your apartment. Decorate with
throw rugs or even with posters and you
will find that your personality can surely be
manifest in your dorm.
You may also want to buy more lighting. Purchasing some lamps or even string lights can be a
great way to make sure that you have enough lighting and it can even add a lot of personality to
After you have decorations up, you may then want to focus on getting your apartment to smell
like home. Many college students do not realize how much of a difference the smell of their
apartment can make.
Utilize a Candle Warmer
If you cannot burn candles in your home, you
may want to purchase some scentsy warmers for
your dorm. A scentsy warmer will warm a
candle like substance from the bottom rather than
burning it from the top.
As the wax is warmed, it will emit the smell that
you usually get from your candles. Many
companies have even developed scented light
bulbs and these can be a great option to ensure
that your home always smells good.
Communicate and Keep Your Space Clean
Finally, make sure that you establish a
habit of open communication with your
roommates. The people that you live with
are going to make the biggest difference in
the way that you feel at home and
establishing open communication is
essential to feeling at home.
You should be able to talk with your
roommates if you are every bothered by
something. You also want to make sure
that your roommates feel comfortable
talking to you if there is something that is
Establishing a cleaning schedule and sticking with the schedule can be a great way to minimize
much of the contention that is often felt in college dorms. When you establish your cleaning
schedule, you should make sure that you schedule your chores into your schedule.
No matter how you choose to make your dorm feel like home, make sure that you put some
effort into this process. As you are adjusting to being away from home and as you are adjusting
to college classes you will want to make sure that you have a dorm that feels like home.
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