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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Heading off to college is a thrilling venture—a step into a world of newfound independence, exploration, and self-discovery. As you begin to think about whether you’re going to go cottagecore or are leaning more towards a retro vintage decor style, there is still that leering prospect of packing up your life and moving to a college dorm or apartment that can be both exhilarating and daunting. 

Amidst the excitement of selecting decor and packing essentials, it's easy to overlook the importance of what not to bring. But don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it!

There Is Such Thing as Too Much Clothing

One common pitfall when preparing for college is overpacking clothes. It's easy to understand the temptation, especially if you're fashion-conscious or want to be prepared for every possible occasion. However, college dorms typically come with limited closet space, so bringing an extensive wardrobe isn't the best strategy. Instead, focus on versatile clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create various outfits and work for a number of occasions. Think about the climate of your college town and pack accordingly, making sure you have both cold-weather and warm-weather attire.

Consider the fact that you'll be heading home for holiday breaks during the school year. This offers an excellent opportunity to swap out clothes based on the season. For instance, you can bring your fall and winter clothing when you start college in the late summer or early fall. As winter break approaches, you can take home those items and bring back your spring and summer wardrobe when you return for the second semester. This rotation not only saves space in your dorm but also ensures you always have the appropriate clothing for the weather.

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Items like the Under the Bed Collapsible Storage Box will make storing clothes for other seasons a dream. | Image courtesy of Dormify.

You can also utilize the breaks to assess what clothing you actually need. Oftentimes, students find that they've brought clothing items they rarely wear or that don't suit their college lifestyle. During these breaks, you can pare down your clothing collection and bring back only the essentials. This process helps you declutter and stay organized in your dorm room, making it easier to find what you need when you need it.

Another benefit of packing light in the clothing department is that it leaves room for those unexpected clothing purchases. College is a time of self-discovery, and your style may evolve. You might want to buy clothing that reflects your new interests, or you might find unique items during local thrift store visits. Having some extra space in your closet and drawers allows you to incorporate new pieces into your wardrobe without feeling overwhelmed by clutter.

While it's essential to have the right clothing for college life, packing excessively can lead to clutter and limited space. By focusing on versatile items, rotating your wardrobe seasonally, and decluttering during holiday breaks, you can ensure that you have the clothing you need without sacrificing precious dorm room real estate. Plus, you'll have the flexibility to adapt your style as you grow and change during your college years.

The Beauty of Pre-Furnished Dorms

When it comes to furnishing your college dorm room, less is often more. College dorms are notorious for their limited space, and bringing excessive furniture can quickly transform your room into a cramped and cluttered space. While it's natural to want to personalize your living area and make it as comfortable as possible, it's essential to be mindful of the available space and prioritize functionality.

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Multifunctional furniture like the Channeled Velvet Storage Ottomans are a great way to add extra storage to your dorm without making it cramped. | Image courtesy of Dormify.

Dorm rooms typically come with the basics: a bed, a desk, a chair, and some storage. These furnishings are designed to meet the essential needs of a student, and additional furniture items may not only take up valuable space but also make the room feel cramped and difficult to navigate. 

Consider the layout of your dorm room before bringing in extra furniture. Most college dorms are designed with a specific layout in mind, and overcrowding the room with extra pieces can disrupt the flow and functionality of the space. It's crucial to leave enough open floor space to move around comfortably, especially if you'll be sharing the room with a roommate.

Slim rolling carts, like the Narrow 3 Drawer Cart on Wheels, can double as a bedside table and additional storage | Image courtesy of Dormify.

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If you're determined to personalize your space, opt for multifunctional furniture pieces that serve more than one purpose. For example, a futon can double as a sofa and a guest bed, or a compact open top ottoman that works for seating and storage. These items not only save space but also enhance the functionality of your room.

Printers, Books, Oh My!

More common items that students often consider bringing to college are personal printers and extensive book collections. While both of these can be valuable, they also come with certain drawbacks that should be carefully weighed before packing them into your college essentials.

Let's start with personal printers. Many students may think that having a printer in their dorm room is a must, but in today's digital age, it's often an unnecessary expense and use of space. Most colleges and universities provide accessible and affordable printing services on campus. Students are often afforded a certain printing quota at the beginning of each semester that allows you to use the printers on campus for free! These facilities are equipped with high-quality printers and are easy to drop in at during your time on campus. By utilizing these resources, you can save money on purchasing and maintaining a personal printer, as well as the space it would occupy in your dorm.

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Avid readers can utilize their college’s library, rather than having to pack their personal one. 

As for books, it's natural for avid readers and dedicated students to want to bring their entire collection. However, bringing too many books can lead to clutter in your dorm room and make it challenging to stay organized. In the digital era, many textbooks and academic resources are available online, making it possible to access reading materials electronically. Additionally, college libraries often have extensive collections that you can borrow from during the semester. Bringing only the essential books or ones that hold sentimental value can free up space and reduce the risk of a cluttered living area.

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E-Readers are a fantastic alternative for students looking to save space on their shelves. 

An alternative to bringing physical books is to invest in an e-reader or tablet. These devices allow you to access a vast library of e-books and digital resources, saving both space and money. They are especially convenient for students who prefer to read digitally or need access to a wide range of academic texts.

By opting for on-campus printing services and embracing digital resources, you can reduce clutter in your dorm room and make the most of your available space. When it comes to books, a thoughtful selection of physical copies or transitioning to digital reading can help streamline your college experience. Remember, the goal is to create a functional and organized living space that supports your academic success and overall well-being.

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With Dormify’s help, your dorm will be both organized and a perfect collection of decor pieces that reflect your personal style. | Image courtesy of Dormify.

As you embark on your college journey, it's essential to strike a balance between bringing what you need and avoiding unnecessary clutter in your dorm room or apartment. By streamlining your clothing selection and refraining from packing excessive furniture or equipment, you'll create a more comfortable and functional living space. Additionally, choosing to utilize on-campus resources for printing and embracing digital reading options can save you both space and money. College is a time for personal growth, learning, and making lasting memories. By making mindful decisions about what to bring and what to leave behind, you'll be better prepared to navigate the challenges and opportunities that await you.

Remember, the less clutter you have in your living space, the more mental and physical room you'll have for new experiences, friendships, and personal growth. So, as you embark on this exciting chapter of your life, let the principles of decluttering guide you, allowing you to focus on what truly matters – your academic journey and the memories you'll create along the way. Once you’re settled into your perfectly packed and organized dorm, head on over to Dormify and scroll through their collections to find your aesthetic and get started on the most exciting part of dorm living, decorating!