Today we present Intern Julia’s first installment in her series on back-to-school preparations.
As students everywhere start preparing to head to college this fall, I want to talk about the art of small-space living. College students are a demographic that have particular stock in simple living, as well as anyone with more possessions than space. Whether it be a 500 square foot New York City studio apartment or a shared room with a sibling, it can be difficult to live in a space the size of a dorm room.
Most students arrive at campus for the first time, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with a minivan containing all of our worldly possessions. This is great until we’re affronted with a dorm room approximately the size of a large closet.
If this sounds like it could be you, here are a few basics for maximizing your living space. For my first post in my series on tiny living, I want to begin with the obvious tip:
Reassess your stuff.
The best way to fit your stuff into an itty-bitty space is to have less stuff. Only take the essentials with you. You shouldn’t abandon all of your trinkets at your parents’ place, either. Photograph and get rid of the napkin from prom and donate those t-shirts from your middle school musical to a local charity.
If your dorm room is a suite and has a kitchen, do you really need that minifridge, toaster, and microwave? Are any of your roommates bringing those items? There is no sense in having three blenders, even if you really like “smoothies.”
Do you really need to have your CD collection at college, in the age of iPod? Or DVDs? Take advantage of your school’s student programming and see films for free.
Unless you are in the business school, do you need that suit? Do you really need that commemorative Coors Light bobblehead, under any circumstance?
Good luck to everyone heading off to school in the fall and stay tuned for more back-to-school tips in the coming weeks. Also, even if you follow this advice, be prepared to bring a lot of things home for Thanksgiving break.