This week I’d like to talk about settling into your new place.
For most of you, this will be your first real excursion in living on your own and it can be absolutely daunting. I remember this time last year, I was sat with my parents in the living room and going through my list of stuff I needed to take with me and I was surprised I didn’t bring the kitchen sink. I genuinely could have lived off of the stuff in my room and never ventured into the kitchen. I had that much powdered milk, sugar, coffee and snacks.
However. Now is your time to decorate your room how you would want it. Whilst most Universities have a rule on posters and blu-tac, however, with a few command strips from a local supermarket or Amazon, you are more than allowed to put them up.
For lights, usually if your accommodation won’t give you a bedroom lamp, you’re more than welcome to travel down to Argos where (I got personally) some nifty little bedside table lamps from their colourmatch range that are touch activated and yes, like a child in a sweetshop I played with them for hours.
Then comes other decorations. Funko pops and figurines can really liven the place up a little bit, even some flowers or growing your own pot plants in your windowsill. It’s something quite amazing when you can have a chilli in your cooking that you grew earlier in the year and it has a sense of “I’ve saved a little tiny bit of cash” by doing so this way.
So that’s another thing to look into. However, books are your best friend (or video games if you’re like me). They can fill a room with your hobbies and your pleasures then it genuinely brings that feeling on homesickness down a little bit. Even having a huge photo collage of all of your family and friends from home can help ease the pain a little.
So when you get into that dorm room, remember that it’s yours for a year. Go and make it a home.
Until next time!