Uni bedrooms have a bit of a stigma for being not at all homely and uncomfortable to live in, and I definitely had that experience in my first year of uni when I was in halls type accommodation. This time around though, we live in more of a ‘private’ student accommodation and it was much nicer from the start, but I’ve also made more of an effort to make my bedroom especially, look how I want it. Being in lockdown has given me the time to actually properly sort out my room, give it a spring clean and buy new things to spruce it up and help my organisation.
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When I moved in at the end of August, I didn’t have a lot. I brought the majority of clothes here, and that made up most of my belongings. A couple of books I’d been meaning to read, notebooks and my make up/skincare collection and that was pretty much it so it didn’t take me long to unpack and find homes for things. However, since then I’ve definitely collected a lot more things, and was beginning to get frustrated with how little storage I had and how messy my room was all the time just because I didn’t have anywhere to put anything. It doesn’t help that I have a really bad habit of getting things out and leaving them out instead of putting them back in ‘their home’.
So, when lockdown started and I figured out I’d got very lucky with my furlough pay, I decided it was finally time to sit down and figure out how to make my room feel more like home and not just a temporary place I’m currently staying in. After all, we’re not moving out for good this summer, although we can’t actually stay here in July and August, all our stuff will stay here and we’ll be back here in September. I’m so happy that I didn’t have to bother with all the hassle of finding a new flat this year.
This was the biggest thing for me. As I mentioned, my main problem was that I didn’t have enough storage to put things away and make my room look presentable, it was just a constant mess with piles of stuff everywhere.
HOW TO BE ORGANISED
Before buying any storage, you need to work out what storage you actually need. Take one area of your room at a time and take everything out, go through each and every item and decide if it is still of use to you. If it’s not, put it aside. If you’ve got skincare and clothing in the same drawer, take it all out so you can put items in categories to make them easier to find. By the end of this stage you might end up with everything you own spread across your bed or in the middle of the floor. That’s what we’re going to fix – make sure you have your categories grouped together so you can see how much you have of each thing.
At the end, go through the pile you put aside and decide what needs to go in the bin and what can be donated or sold.
My categories looked like this:
- Make Up / Skincare / Beauty / Hair Products
- Stationary / Notebooks
- Important ‘stuff’
WHAT STORAGE I HAVE
When I moved in I did buy a storage chest that sits in my wardrobe, and that’s where my underwear and pyjamas live now. I also have clear storage boxes that slide under my bed so I can access them easily. I recently got some over door hooks to hang bags and jackets, which got cleared out of my wardrobe so that I was actually able to close the doors (hallelujah).
My favourite storage item I found was this desk shelf organiser, it’s actually two separate pieces balanced on top of each other so you can change it around depending on what you want to go on it and what kind of space you have. It’s made my desk feel a lot less cluttered and feel more spacious. I also have the wire baskets that are really useful.
I then got the set of shelves because the space at the bottom of my bed was literally just being used as a dumping ground and it was a hot mess.
I also got wire baskets which I use one of to store all my notebooks, and the other one to store all my hair products.
First pick a colour scheme, my walls are all an off white colour that I can’t change because I’m renting, so if you’re in a similar position don’t think that your room has to stay super plain! My main colour is a dusty pink/rose gold. Once you have chosen a colour, buy accessories such as bedding, cushions, wall prints etc. You could also add plants (fake ones if you’re bad at looking after them or don’t have enough natural light).
Some accessories I got:
- Matching Pink Bedding
- Rose Gold Lamp
- Sunrise Lamp (I actually highly recommend this – it gently wakes you up in the morning and my alarm sounds exactly like the birds outside)
- Fairy Lights
If you like the style of my bedroom, I made a whole list on my Amazon Storefront as a kind of mood board for everything that’s in my room.
Can’t afford to buy new additions for your room? Make it feel a bit different by just moving your furniture around, maybe put your bed under the window or even just turn your bed around so your head is at the opposite end when you’re sleeping. Anything to make your room feel fresh. I like to move my room around probably once a year? Give it a go!
Basically, step number one is to do a deep clean of your room, step two is make sure you have enough storage that doesn’t look too ugly so you can feel like there’s a place for everything and can always put things away so there’s never a reason to accumulate a pile of junk at the bottom of your bed like I did. Step three is to pick a theme or colour scheme and buy accessories that match. Make sure you’ve got some homely additions: for me that’s my fairy lights, sunrise lamp, plants and photos from home.
I hope this gave you some inspiration to give your room a little spring clean!