[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!
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.
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!