Feeling At Home In Your Uni Room

Feeling At Home In Your Uni Room

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]eeling at home in your room at university can be a bit of a struggle. I struggled with it in my second year a lot. In a weird house that isn’t quite right, jam packed with things that could really be in other parts of the house but that you keep in your room because you don’t really have any other part of the house free. Does that make sense? Everything you own and need is in one room. You spend a whole lot of time there: working, netflix and chilling, getting ready for nights out, crying over an upcoming deadline, etc.

I’ve lived in a number of different uni accommodations. I lived in college (kinda like halls) in my first year, in a uni house in my second year, a studio flat to myself in my third year, and now I’m back in college but this time with a massive room, double bed and en suite bathroom (with bath!). I feel like by now I’ve become a little bit of an expert for making your space feel like it’s properly yours, without all the fuss and bother. Let me share with you a few of my top tips!

Feeling At Home In Your Uni Room

1. DON’T OVER COMPLICATE YOURSELF OR YOUR ROOM

I know that the tendency when decorating a space is to fill it with all the things you love. You look at all these lifestyle bloggers and think ‘yas I want to fill my life with those things’ but don’t. Stop. Take a chill pill. Your room is only small and you, a student, only have so much money. Think about what the essentials really are. You’ll feel far less cluttered and stressed if your room is far less cluttered and stressed. That’s an Imii Mace fact. I feel like this year I’ve struck the perfect balance between things I love and things I need, and I really dig that. Oh and keep your room tidy. You’ll get more work done and feel better about your crumbling, direction-free life.

2. ASSIGN DESIGNATED AREAS FOR DIFFERENT THINGS

In my room I have a bed and bedside table, a desk, a dressing table, a wardrobe and a fridge. I also have a bathroom. I’m living in university luxury, to be honest. With all these different areas, it’s important to keep things to them. Makeup and beauty stuff stay over with the dressing table and mirror (and all my blog ‘yet to photo’ stuff), and my desk is for work only. I’m very strict about that. Very strict. My bed is for reading and watching TV and generally having a relaxed time. The fridge doubles up as a table for the kettle and teabags and mugs. Nothing leaves the areas they are assigned. It’s like having a mini house with mini rooms, except it’s all one room. Sounds pretty uptight, and probably is pretty uptight. Yolo.

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3. WORK ON YOUR MOOD LIGHTING

The lovely people at ValueLights were kind enough to offer me a few exciting bits to share with you all, and to keep my uni room happy as a clam. Keeping your lighting right is something that is actually really important. You don’t realise how important it is until it’s midnight and you’re trying to write an essay and it’s just that wrong side of sleepy all around you and everything is a disaster. Oh, and then there’re those lights that are just horrible and so damn bright and ugh. I don’t have that issue anymore.

On my bedside table I have the seriously cool Thomas Edison Table Lamp*. I’m completely in love with this lamp, to be honest. I think it looks badass and the light it emits is perfect for chilling in bed, reading a little, watching Netflix or generally just chilling with a cup of tea. I love it. I love it so much. It’s just so damn cool.

On my desk I have the Fisherman’s Touch Table Lamp*. This lamp is awesome because it has three modes: dim and chill, bright and chill, and get some work done, Imogen. I respect that. It’s also awesome because all you have to do is touch the base gently to turn it on and switch between levels of light. I’m a sucker for cool things like that. I’m also a sucker for copper (aren’t we all?) so this goes perfectly with my entire life. Having gone through half of this term refusing to work in my room because of the lighting, I’m now completely converted with this baby’s arrival.

4. A FEW LITTLE PERSONAL TOUCHES

Okay, so having said up there that you should cut the crap and keep it minimal, there’s nothing worse than just being surrounded by generic items that have no sentimental value at all. Fill those gaps in your heart with a few little bits. I have a few photos of me and Ollie, Paris and friends all over my room – on my wire notice board and my pin board, as well as a few bits and bobs that just make me feel more me. One of my favourites is a charcoal sketch I did at a life drawing class a month or so ago. I also have a few books that make me happy to flick through occasionally. You don’t want to feel locked away in your uni room. You just want to feel secure and ready to go. Find the perfect balance, and it’s awesome!

Feeling At Home In Your Uni Room

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  • Cherie says:

    Your room is too cute. I have nightmare visions of my uni/student bedroom… books were piled up everywhere and I never had enough space for them sigh. I also made the mistake of overbuying clothes on ASOS whenever there were sales because they were a ‘bargain’ lol. Now I have a slight addiction to clearing out things that I no longer need!

    Cherie | sinonym

  • Kirstie Melville says:

    Your room is gorgeous! I adore that lamp, it’d be great for making a uni room feel more cosy. My room in halls was tiny and green, nothing could make it look nice!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  • You have definitely got it down! I got into bad habits of just doing everything from bed, and then you realise you never get up. For me it was so important to keep my room warm too as in NZ the uni flats are just so cold!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Jess says:

    Your room is lovely, I love the Thomas Edison lamp, it’s a great alternative to a West Elm one! I think adding personal touches is really important!

    http://www.wheresmylipstick.com

  • These are great tips! I’m still not quite happy with my uni room and want to add more decorations to it x

    http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Aimee Julia says:

    Your room is so cute! I remember living in a shared house in my first year at uni. I had the smallest room of the lot and just had room for a single bed, desk (which doubled up as a bedside table), chest of drawers with bookshelf on top (yes, on top!) and a wardrobe. I did, luckily, have a lot of storage space under the bed so that was something, at least. It’s so important to put your stamp on it though, to make it feel like home for you! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • woodenwindowsills says:

    Both lamps are beaut! I jam packed my uni rooms, both in halls and in our house, though in my 2nd and 3rd years I had a teeeeeeeeeeeny room, so ended up pretty much spilling into the rest of the house as I could only fit a single bed and a mini desk in there, literally nothing else! Alice xxxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • Totally know the feeling! I had such a cosy and well-lit room in second year, a too big and kind of empty room in third year because I was on a year abroad in Spain and couldn’t take much with me, and final year I’m in a nice enough room but my god the lighting kills me! I don’t really enjoy working in it so I try to get to the library when I can! Know what you mean about keeping it tidy I feel like I’m always tidying mine up cause of my “floordrobe” aha! Great post 🙂

  • Christina Madeleine says:

    This is such a cute post! University is still 1.5 years off for me, but these are helpful tips because knowing myself I will over clutter my dorm room when the time comes,

    XX
    Christina Madeleine/ http://www.thisfashiongirl.com

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