By Kylie Hargrave
Elm Staff Writer
With spring time comes spring cleaning, and for many, an urge to decorate and renew your space a bit. However, living in a dorm is different than at home and often decoration is required to be functional as well as pleasing to the eye for the sake of space and the lack of clutter. That being said, here are some cheap and simple decorating ideas that are perfect for the dorm room:
1. One thing I unexpectedly missed from home was having a bedside table, but bringing a piece of furniture into a dorm room is not always feasible and could make the room look too full and cluttered. However, flipping a colored wire trashcan over and keeping it by the side of the bed can serve as a small nightstand for a few items. It doesn’t take up too much space and doesn’t look too clunky due to its size and the holes in the wire structure.
2. Another functional piece of decoration involves a cheese-grater, surprisingly enough. When spray-painted and lifted on decorative knobs, this common kitchen tool can turn into a creative way to store earrings that looks adorable while doing so.
3. For a place to put reminders you could hang a few decorative clipboards above your desk with some wall tack for a splash of color and design that doubles as a conspicuous place to put the things you need to remember most, such as that letter you need to reply to or that homework assignment that needs to be done.
4. To decorate plain walls and giving your dorm room a personal flare you could cut and staple old t-shirts (such as band shirts) around a frame for a quick sentimental piece of artwork to hang up.
5. To add a little freshness and nature to your room you could decorate the space with small succulents. These little green plants are very easy to take care of because they only need to be watered about once every two weeks. They are also fairly hardy, so they can easily live in a dorm room and give it a nice pop of green. In fact, the store Blooming Wild in town sells them for as little as $3. For added decoration, you could paint the little cup they come in.
6. Last, but not least, is washi tape. This stuff is amazing. It’s simply decorative removable tape, but the possibilities to decorate with it are almost endless. You could line the edges of your book shelf, frame pictures on the wall, outline your name or fraternity/sorority letters on your door, make a design on the wall, or organize white boards or cork boards with sections for different purposes. The best part it that this tape comes off easily and is reusable, so clean it up at the end of the year, and decoration for the next year is cheap and easy.