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Make Your Dorm Home In 10 Easy Steps

College life can be hard. Dorm life can be even harder. Follow these steps to make life easy and to make your dorm room feel more like home.

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1. Bring in a Carpet

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Cold tile floors are not fun to wake up to in the morning. You have class that you have to worry about. Concern for cold feet should be the least of your worries. Bring a carpet or large area rug that can cover the floor to keep your feet warm and cozy in the mornings.

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2. Use Lamps

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The overhead light in most dorms is bright in the center, but doesn't get light across to the edges of the room well. Plug in lamps around the room to evenly disperse the light. It is also a much softer light, which will feel more like your bedroom at home.

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3. Hang Pictures

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Having pictures hung or framed in your dorm room will remind you of family and friends at home. A nice reminder of the ones you love can really brighten your day.

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4. Have Plants

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Plants of any kind freshen up a room. They are a symbol of life and growth. During college, you are entering a new phase of your life. Plants are not only pretty, but they represent all of the ways you will change and grow.

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5. Set Up Your Bed Like Home

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Although dorm rooms can be cramped, it is worth it to go all out on your bed. It is where you will spend a large amount of your time, so you want it to be comfortable. Get a foam mattress pad, a mattress cover, and as many pillows as you can stand. Dorm beds are that awkward Twin XL size so you'll most likely need new bedding, but picking bedding that is similar to what you had at home might make you more comfortable too. Make your bed a place that you don't mind spending hours at a time, whether it's spent eating, doing homework, or just lounging around.

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6. Bring a TV and Movies

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Believe it or not, there are in fact times when college life can be boring. So instead of sitting around staring at the walls, plan ahead and bring a tv and some of your favorite movies. Whether they are used for procrastinating or for just passing the time, having a tv in the privacy of your own room is quite valuable.

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7. Use Proper Bathroom Tools

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Community showers are pretty new for most college students, but there are a few things that you need to catch on to quick. The dorm bathrooms can be a pretty gross place. So at shower time, be sure to WEAR SHOWER SHOES!! Take a shower caddy with you to carry all of your shower necessities. Invest in a towel wrap. They help you get from your room to the shower with your hands full and without worrying about your towel falling down and flashing your neighbors. Another beneficial item is a super absorbent hair towel. Keep these essentials on hand and your showers in the dorms will be a breeze.

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8. Get a Mini-Fridge

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Sure, there is plenty of food to eat on campus, but you are probably going to want your own groceries and snacks. Keeping drinks on hand is a lifesaver when you're in a hurry and are grabbing stuff on your way out the door. Stuff a drink and a snack from the fridge in your backpack as you walk out and you'll be set until you get out of class.

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9. Cook With Your Microwave

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Many college students want to cook for themselves but either don't have a kitchen or don't want the inconvenience of having to share a kitchen with an entire floor of students. Instead, there a number of things you can cook from the comfort of your own room. Using a microwave, you can make anything from macaroni and cheese to chocolate cake!

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10. Leftovers Are Your Friend

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Don't throw away your extra food! Get some plastic containers and keep it sealed up in your mini-fridge until you can heat it up and eat the rest. Save money on an extra meal and save your leftovers! College students are poor enough as it is, don't add on to the debt with unnecessary meals! Not everything is as good reheated, but most foods will be just the same as the first time.

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