Hello, hello, Making Joy and Bliss readers! Here I am, 2 month into school, finally writing my room tour post! I wanted to make sure I was fully settled in and done making changes before I posted and I think I am finally done. Figuring everything out for my room was so much easier this year. I knew what worked and what didn't from freshman year, and the whole decorating thing was much more relaxed. I knew there were some musts when it came to what I wanted, but I also decided to just roll with some things. I knew they'd figure themselves out.
So, I hope you enjoy this post and maybe find some inspiration or ideas on how to get organized.
Adding Cheer to the Blank Spaces
I wish I could link everything that I used to fill my walls and create my gallery wall, but I honestly just raided Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, and Target all summer to find the perfect pieces. Last year I focused way too much on making sure everything went together perfectly and it ended up looking way too matchy-matchy. I am so obsessed with how it turned out this year. I'll link what I can, as well as similar items.
Lights: TJMaxx || Choose Joy", Antlers: Hobby Lobby || "She Believed She Could So She Did", Woven Wall Hanging, "She Laughs": Home Goods || Tassels: DIY
Avoiding Horrific Dorm Lighting
Let's be real. Dorm lighting is terrible. It's almost scary. Planning to study under those overhead lights for hours is just asking for a disaster. I had a few lamps last year, but quickly learned the importance of "mood lighting." This year I grabbed a few things that have really improved that whole issue including a salt lamp, LED paper lanterns, and other string lights too. Whenever I'm in my room I work with the sunlight and when that runs out, all the other sources get switched on ASAP.
I'm super #blessed to live in a building where every room has its own bathroom. Along with the fact that I don't have to walk down a hall and share showers with 80 other girls, it's been really fun making it home-y. If you have your own bathroom too, or you're living off campus, here are some photos and links of how I made my bathroom a little less "blah"
Where I Catch ZZZ's
In such a small room, the bed is really the focal point of the space. After experiencing 2 years of boarding school, I swore I would never have a white duvet cover because of how filthy it would get, but here I am with a white duvet. Ugh. 3 weeks into school I already had to order a 2nd one so that I could treat the stains on my current duvet, and just throw the extra one on. It's already covered in tanner and pen marks but I still think it's worth it. I'll keep ya posted on that one though.
Bedside & Such
These easy-to-build 3-cube organizers are from Target. Oh, Target, you are so good to me. They're the perfect height to be next to my bed and keep everything clutter-free and simple. My roomie grabbed one this year too, and the symmetry in the room is just perfect for us.
Before coming to college I had nightmares of not being able to store all of my clothes in my room. Okay, that's dramatic, but for real, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I ended up realizing the most important part is to just use every bit of space to the best of your ability. I raised my bed as high as possible, and then put plastic drawers under my bed. I put the drawers the school provided me with elsewhere, and then hung as many clothes as possible.
Because of my lack of space, I had a hard time grabbing a photo for y'all of my closet, but basically, it's just a wide open closet that I knew I needed to cover. One of the best ways to hide clutter is to use a tension rod and a curtain on your closet if it doesn't have a door like mine. I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, and my mom added ribbon and pom pom trim (shoutout to you mom).
I use these Command Hooks!
My Study Space
I think marbleizing my desktop is one of my favorite parts of the room. All I did was use temporary wallpaper from Amazon that was $25, and with some help from a friend, laid it on the desk, pushed the air bubbles out with a credit card, and used an X-acto knife to cut the excess paper off. Whenever it gets a little dirty, I just grab a magic eraser to remove any of that!
I also turned one of those Target cube organizers on its side to add storage above too!