Hello all and happy 2018!
To kick of this year, I wanted to share some off my dorm room essentials with you. Let’s delve in!
An oil diffuser – I got mine as a Christmas gift and it has made a huge difference in the coziness of my dorm room! I love mixing up what oils I put in depending on my mood that day – sometimes I prefer something with peppermint to give me energy, while other days I like a touch of cinnamon to fight off oncoming sicknesses. There are tons of oil diffuser and essential oil options out there; I have the AromaSphere by Serene Living which is great because of how small and easy it is, and I received a kit of Seasonal Change essential oils from NOW Foods which have proven amazing.
A pin-board (or something else to display memories from throughout the semester) – once you start attending events, taking pictures, or receiving letters and cards, it’s nice to have a cute reminder you can look at throughout the day.
A low-maintenance plant – I always have some sort of plant in my living space, whether it be bamboo, flowers, or succulents. Right before the semester started, my boyfriend gave me this grafted cactus (which I’ve named Frijole in honor of my favorite food). Hopefully I have better luck keeping this one alive than the one I had last semester which I managed to overwater….
A planner and/or journal – Although I need to keep a calendar and reminders on my phone to keep on track throughout the day, I also find it helpful and stress-relieving to have an actual paper planner where I can see big-picture plans and events and actually write things out. Additionally, I think it can be really beneficial to have a small journal or even a penpal who you can write letters to – it’s so cathartic to take the time to write out what’s been going on in your life and what your thoughts/feelings are.
A reusable water bottle – My water bottle goes with me everywhere: classes, car rides, workout sessions, hikes. Not only is it a cool place to collect stickers and a handy reminder to stay hydrated, but it’s also better for the environment!
Non-traditional sources of light – While lamps and overhead lights are obviously helpful and sometimes necessary, I also make a point to use unconventional light sources, like salt lamps and string lights, to help brighten my room. They feel cozier and more welcoming than a harsh, overhead light, and they’re a lot cuter!
Your favorite movies/books/board games – Honestly, you may not have much time to take advantage of them, but having them around is still great for those rare days you have some free time to kill and want to unwind with an old favorite! (Pardon my inclusion of Twilight and the Hannah Montana Movie, it was a moment of weakness with my fellow dorm-mates.)
Personal wall decorations – I didn’t stress too much about having a “theme” or “design” for my room; instead, I found some cool prints, postcards, and wall decorations I liked that didn’t clash, and I used those to add a pop to my otherwise boring dorm walls!