Since coming back from my first semester abroad, I have lived in two separate dorm rooms; one during January, the other for the whole of second semester. At this point in the semester (basically halfway done…) I finally feel comfortable enough in this room to share it.
First, it is a double room, slightly smaller than other rooms in the dorm, but the cool bay window we have makes up for that… for the most part.
The room has two closets (which have hanging space and a built-in dresser), a desk and chair, and a bed. I spend a lot of time on my bed, it is essentially my sofa, so I choose not to loft mine.
Over the summer, after I grew sick of my dark blue comforter, I decided to splurge, at least it was for my college student budget, on a new duvet cover from IKEA. This one is the Alvine Kvist set. In place of buying a new duvet, I used an unused full-sized comforter, which I am pleased does not show through the white duvet cover. Honestly, this bedding change was one of the best decisions for me; when you spend as much time in bed as I do (sleeping, working, reading etc.) it’s important to love it. With the whites and blue theme of my bed I am (almost) always relaxed, which is so important for me right now. Underneath my bed I have a bit of extra storage, namely my suitcases, dry food, and laundry basket. And of course the chair which I can’t actually use to sit at my desk.
At the head of my bed is my desk. Given the small size of the room there isn’t actually any room to sit at my desk (I had to make sure there was room for my refrigerator at the otehr end of my bed) so if I work “at” my desk, I usually just lean on a pillow over the head of my bed. Over the past couple of years I have realized that the key to my sanity is minimizing the amount of clutter I have in my space, so I work to keep only the essentials on it. I have to contain my books to a reasonable amount, keep up with dishes, and make sure everything is in its place.
Even so, I keep it lively with some of my favorite (and dorm friendly) art pieces. To hang them I use a small bulldog clip and a command hook (like I said, dorm friendly). The piece on the left was a gift from a graphic designer, the piece on the right I got in an art trade with one of the senior art majors last year, and the one in the middle is mine.
And of course I try to keep my books as color coded as possible.
I also have a semblance of a kitchen; with a fridge, electric kettle, and an assortment of kitchen ware which I can use in the communal dorm kitchen downstairs. And a large stash of San Pellegrino at the end of my bed.
All in all, I am very pleased with my room this year. I was sad when my string of twinkle lights, which of course are a necessity for any dorm room, were broken and the giant flower above my bed isn’t completely in line with my tastes (It was actually from the girl my roommate lived with first semester). I would prefer a simpler gradient of color along the top of the wall, but I’ve learned to make my peace with it.
This year was an exercise in seeing what I could do without. I cut back on the amount of everything I brought; I wanted to make the most of the least. I am going to see how far I can take that next year and see how much I can push a space like this to being more airy and organic. For the time being, I think I will just focus on bringing a plant into the space.
Tata for now.