So this is probably the easiest and most useful college life hack in the books. It comes in extra handy if you want to leave your dorm without having to carry anything, and it keeps your room key safe and secure. I use it all the time in combination with my wallet phone case, so I have everything with me but all I have to carry is my phone, which fits easily in my pocket anyway.
Step 1: slip the hair tie through the key hole like this:
Step 2: Pull the knotted end through the loop on the other side of the key hole, to create another knot like this:
Step 3: Pull the knotted end all the way through, and pull tight:
Step 4: put on your wrist and you’re done!
Like I said, its probably the easiest way to carry your key when its not on a key chain and it’ll stay on all night so you’ll never have to worry about losing it while you’re out. It also doubles as an extra emergency pony tail holder, just leave the key in and use as normal!
Here it is: the habitat of yours truly, this where I’ve lived the past most eventful 9 months of my life. There are so so so many memories in this one little 15×13 ft space, and I still adore my little home I made while away at college. I lived in a double with one roommate in one of my university’s main dorms, and this is just my side of the room. The room came stocked with a bed (I first lofted it when I moved in: BIG MISTAKE. Do NOT loft your bed, there are so many options for storage solutions that make a dorm way more comfortable un-lofted), a desk, shelf, dresser and hutch (which is supporting my bed and not pictured).
Before arriving I had zero clue of what the room looked like, including the size of the closet. This was very intimidating, but luckily most dorms have standard sizes for furniture no matter where you go, so try not to let that stress you out.
Most of my decor is from Target, including my comforter. It is a lot easier to make a dorm feel home-y than most people think. The things that I think made the biggest difference were personalized canvases (I made some myself with canvases and paint from Michael’s), which you can replace with pictures if you’re not feeling artsy, and the white twinkle lights. They do a lot to warm-up the vibes and atmosphere of the room and doubled as a nightlight when my roommate went to sleep and I was still studying.
My Roomie and I had a collective project throughout the year that worked great as decor, while also being a way to keep memories. We called it “The Wall of Thots” which is an endearing and glorified way to describe some of the memories we included on some of the post-it notes. I’ll leave the rest to the imagination. Basically, all you need are some pictures, post-its and tape. We put everything up in rows so it looked more organized, but you could totally make it mis-matched.
One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer is to not buy clutter for your dorm. I am 100% guilty of this. I for one am the queen of getting carried away at Target. Accepting my problem is the first step to fixing it. Anyways, let yourself buy a couple things like lights and cute pillows but DO NOT get more than that. Yes the cute picture frames would look fab on your desk, but is it really worth taking up valuable space? No. This is why picture walls exist. Set up the essentials and then go back to target with an idea of what you still have room for.
P.S. More specific Dorm posts to come- this is just an overview post 🙂
Welp. I somehow managed to survive a whole 19 years of life, and its been quite the experience. As I enter my last remaining year of teenage-hood, I can’t help but reflect on all of the wonderful people that have entered my life, and all of the memories I’ve made in the past couple of years. I just want to say thanks to all who have been there to listen to my highs and lows each and every day, tolerate my Grey’s Anatomy tirades and sub-par puns. You guys are the ones who have made me who I am, cheesy as it is, I wouldn’t be Cass without you. Farewell 18, and here’s to 19.