It's the time of year when students are getting ready to go home for the holidays. On the flip side, there are some students that are preparing to go away to school for the first time. In both instances, there are changes that need to be made. For the student going home for the holidays, there may be a need for a student storage facility to ensure your items are protected while you’re away.
Although it is easier to leave your belongings in your dorm, there have been too many instances of theft that occur when students are away. Quite a few colleges have implemented "storage rooms" where students can put their items, but is it really safe? During the holidays, almost everyone is gone, which leaves that area just as vulnerable. Having peace of mind for your own belongings is much better than worrying about whether or not something will be missing upon your return.
Student who are preparing to go away should think about their room décor, in addition to how they will store their items. Being in the dorm half of the year puts an entirely different spin on things – you may not want to invest as much into decorating your dorm room as opposed to being there the entire year. There are still ways to make the space your own. Here are a few tips:
- Color You Yours!
Taking the time to use your favorite color throughout your space gives it life, while giving you comfort. This could be from your alarm clock, down to your microwave (if you can have one).
- Bring things that are familiar to you – a picture collage right above your bed can liven up your space while keeping you attached to the people you care about.
- Make sure you have household items.
There are some things that can’t be denied. Having paper towels, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and other toiletries is a necessity. You may not have as much as if you were staying the entire year, but having an abundance won’t hurt. You can store those things for the next full year of school.
- Putting up curtains may be an option, but again, think about how much time you will invest for a space that you will be in for five months. Even if you stay during the summer, there is no guarantee that you will receive the same exact room the next year.
- If you have a roommate, take some time and contact them prior to your arrival and ask for pictures to see how the room is already decorated. You want your styles to mesh, not clash. This is also a good way to get to know your roommate and their tastes.
Getting a small storage facility may also work for you as a new student, especially if you live in another state. Although you may not want to bring everything into your room because you know you will be moving, having your items handy isn’t a bad idea. You’ll already be ready for the next school year!