‘Dorm Tips’ Posts

De-Cluttering 101: Quick Tips To Refresh Your Living Space

Clutter. It’s all around us. Literally. Take a look at your workspace. Now, look at this tidy, organized space above. You can achieve some mental stability by putting these quick de-cluttering tips to work, whether it’s your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. A clean and clutter-free zone will trick your brain into thinking you’ve somehow ...

4 Freshman Tips You (Probably) Haven’t Heard Yet

College freshman are like puppies: young, eager, and often in need of guidance. College is an entirely different environment, after all, and there’s a huge learning curve to leaving one’s childhood home. But among all the obvious warnings against lanyards and cafeteria food, a few trickier bits of advice can slip through the cracks. I’m ...

10 Cooking Hacks To Get More Bang For Your Buck

Next to dorm rent, one of the biggest costs students face is the monthly grocery bill and right now, food bills are rising. If money is tight, and even if it isn’t, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn money-saving ways to shop and cook. By implementing the following ...

Decorate Your Room on the Cheap

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">Postcards are a cheap, interesting way to decorate a dorm. Image courtesy of Flickr user Arlette. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

It's hard to make a new apartment or dorm (whether for the summer or the rest of the year) feel like a home. Even worse, art is frequently expensive and photos taped to the wall can look collegiate in a bad way. With that in mind, here are some ways to decorate your dorm or apartment on the cheap.

Postcards: Postcards, whether purchased while traveling or through Etsy, are cheap and easy to arrange. Buy a set of five or six (I'm a fan of woodcut-style art) and tape them to your wall in an organized fashion. Because the financial investment is so small, postcards allow you to go beyond Klimt posters and put up art from lesser-known (or at least less-cliché) artists.

Thrift Store Art: If you are looking for an actual framed painting, hit up the nearest Goodwill or estate sale. You can usually find something not-terrible, and even if you can't thrift store canvases can provide a base for you to make your own art. If your own thrift stores aren't turning up anything interesting, try the Goodwill auction site. So long as the painting isn't too large, you're probably safe hanging the canvas from a Command hook.

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How to Build a Hanging Desk in Your Dorm

You could be the envy of your dorm with this awesome hanging desk. Photo by Thomas Frank.Our good friend Thomas Frank just put up a great tutorial on building a dorm-friendly hanging desk over at College Info Geek. Combined with a loft bed, this is a great way to free up space in your inhumanely-sized ...