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5 Dorm Room Resolutions for 2013

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If I had a dollar for every time I saw “New Year, New Me!” as a Facebook status or tweet over the past few days, let’s just say that I’d probably be rocking some brand-new Louboutins right now. Figuring out how to make good resolutions — and keep them —is one of the challenges that always seems to pervade the first week of January.

We’ve recently covered some of our fashion and beauty resolutions for 2013, but as your resident interior design columnist, I’m a firm believer that resolutions shouldn’t be limited to only one avenue. Why not try making a resolution or two that focuses on your dorm life? You certainly spend enough time there, and after a few years at school, I’ve noticed a direct correlation between the cleanliness of my room and how productive I am that day.

In this article, we’ll discuss five dorm room resolutions for 2013 to help you start the new year on the right foot, whether you live on-campus, in an apartment, or even in a Greek house. Let’s get started!

1. Maintain, maintain, maintain.

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I completely neglected my binder organization this past semester, and when finals week rolled around, I had a stack of notes three feet high, with all of my classes jumbled together in the pile. So this year, I’m vowing to avoid that by maintaining my systems!

Keep yourself on top of your studies by actively maintaining your schoolwork organization! Color-code your classes (a red binder and notebook for calc, a blue one for economics, etc.), invest in a three-hole punch,  and as soon as you get a handout, put it in your binder. Keep on top of your daily schedule, as well. You’ll save yourself countless headaches over the semester.

2. Keep your fridge well-stocked.

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Have an 8:30am class or an early practice — or both?!  (Here’s to you, college athletes!). Sometimes you just don’t have time to grab a bite to eat before your day begins, and that’s where keeping your fridge well-stocked becomes a necessity.

Shop the local farmer’s markets for apples and fresh veggies, and pick up some healthy snacks with a long shelf life, like organic peanut butter or hummus. Sticking with a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy will be easier if you’ve got nutritious snacks to keep you full… and away from the vending machines.

3. Learn how to do your laundry — properly!

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If you never learned how to sort your dirty laundry and extend the life of your clothes, now is the time. Separate whites from bright colors, heavy fabrics from delicate ones, wash your jeans inside out — and check your pockets before your iPod winds up in a washing machine. Don’t dump too much detergent in, as this can damage the machine (and cause your clothes to retain the suds after a rinse). And for heaven’s sake, don’t put your bras in the dryer!

Learn which clothes should be hung up in the closet, and which should be folded (knits stretch out on hangers, which makes them fit poorly when you wear them). Pretty soon you’ll be a pro at all things laundry, and your clothes (and your wallet) will thank you!

4. Get to know someone new in your residence hall.

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Odds are that there’s someone who lives on your floor or down the hall that you don’t know too well. For seasoned upperclassmen who lived in a freshman residence hall, don’t you miss those community dinners you had during the first few weeks of school? Prop your door open for a little while every day and you’ll be surprised at who stops in for a chat or to compliment your decor. Or, be that person who makes the first move and introduces themselves!

Once you’ve gotten to know someone new on your floor, a whole new world of possibilities opens up. Have random sleepovers with your neighbors, drag your mattress down the hall, put on Modern Family, and make popcorn with taco seasoning, stop by when you’re procrastinating your paper… you know the drill. Now go forth and meet people!

5. Make your bed a little more comfortable.

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My neighbor (hi, Francis!) stored his vast collection of pillows and blankets on my bed before we left for winter vacation, and my bed became so cozy that I immediately resolved to invest in something to make my bed more comfortable. After all, you spend nearly 1/3 of your college experience on your bed, so it may as well be as comfy as possible.

A quilt is a good investment if a lot of people visit your room and sit on your bed–it keeps your sheets and bedding from getting dirty. You could also think about getting a memory foam pillow or body pillow. Can’t think of anything else your bed needs? Get yourself a Pillow Pet.

What do you think?

What do you think of our dorm room resolutions for 2013? Have you made any resolutions of your own? How do you stay organized during the school year? What do you stock your fridge with? Let us know with a comment!

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11 Responses to “5 Dorm Room Resolutions for 2013”

  1. 1
    January 4th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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    January 5th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Yay PillowPets! (Although my cousin and I unwittingly bought a knockoff from a mall kiosk..on closer inspection, the tag says “Pet4Nap” and the dolphin has an extra set of fins.)

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    January 5th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Great post! I second the resolution about getting more pillows for your bed. I love my pillow pet for for its cuteness and the comfy factor and I know my roommate loves her body pillow just as much.

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    January 5th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I made those rules last year. I remember getting ready for the day and picked up shirts after shirts and was like “WHOA!!!! that’s not clean.”

  5. 5
    January 5th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Such great advice, I’m definitely going to try all of these!

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    January 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    THANK YOU for mentiong the tip about not hanging knits! I tell it to everyone I know when the topic of knit clothes stretching comes up, but hardly anyone believes me despite the fact that I sew. B/ Hopefully more people’s nice shirts and dresses will be saved now. (Personal anecdote: my mom was over once and hung a knit dress I loved because she forgot I told her not to, and it was up for over a week before I noticed it. The few centimeters it stretched was enough to make it hang horribly on me.)

    I want to add these tips as variations of yours as well:
    Organisation: If you don’t like using binders to sort your information (gods know I don’t), use notebooks and clearfiles (can come as a single pocket or divided in multiple; often found in Asian stationary shops, but my school bookstore also sells them, so yours might as well) or those accordion folders. I prefer them because they take up less room than binders do, come in varying capacities and come in tons of patterns from adorable to simple to classy to cool to beautiful.
    Bedding: If you find that your dorm’s heating varies during different points of the night, or that people seem to war over then main floor’s temperature as opposed to adjusting their room’s (my building had separate thermostats for each room as well as the floor as a whole) and temperatures fluctuate on a daily basis, or if you just like being able to adjust the temperature of your bed easily, it may be worth while to pile several throw blankets on your bed instead of a quilt because then you can use them as needed. That way it’s also easy to change which one’s on top when you feel like something new, and, depending on what stores you have around you, it can end up being rather cost-effective. (Bonus points if you use a length of faux fur on top that you found in the fabric ends bin at a fabric store, haha. <totally done that)

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    January 7th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I used to have a body pillow when I was in college, my boyfriend was jealous of it hah it was quite funny. Now I kinda miss it, but I still have tons of pillows (way more than I need) and its amazing ;)

    xx

    Camila from thehibou.com

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