A few tips to dress up your space.An old comforter, temperamental alarm clock, and beaded curtains that proved far more trouble than they were worth: basically, my freshman year dorm decorating scheme.
I laughed all-knowingly as peers raced to Target and online sites like rhl.org for things they had obviously lived without just fine up until college season.
But now I find myself entering junior year with the insatiable need to purge myself of all my old crap and figure out how to create a comfortable living space like everyone else did freshman year.
So, to freshman, and all other ambitious redecorators, some suggestions:
1. Good bedding
My roommate came to college with the most comfortable down comforter I’ve ever had the fortune to come in contact with and now, after two years of active envying, I’m getting one too!
After a lot of research, I’ve learned you can get high-quality down comforters for $30-$50 on eBay and Overstock.com.
*Get a duvet cover (pillowcase for your comforter) if you are prone to spilling things.
Pick up a comfortable body pillow or arm chair, and you’ll honestly never want to get out of bed (which may or may not be a good thing).
2. iHome Alarm Clock/Radio
It’s worth it, if only to hear something other than that hideous default alarm beep on your cell phone.
Get it for $60 from Office Max (I know it’s weird, but who can complain about half price?)
It’s great to have background noise on when your friends are over and the sound quality is so much better than your laptop speakers.
Sometimes you can score a good deal on eBay too. I’d give you a link, but eBay tells me I’m “currently the highest bidder” and I’m feeling a bit territorial :).
I just spent the last half hour browsing through my 2009 catalog. By far the best place to for really cheap (but good quality) brightly-colored sheets, towels, organizers, and kitchen supplies.
Hope this helped! Feel free to leave questions/suggestions~!