Cheap and Chic College Decor

Moving out of your folks’ home to live on your own is scary and exciting. You want your new college home to FEEL like a home, not a cinder block room crammed with your stuff. Whether you live in a dormitory or apartment, here are some tips to transform your new digs into a comfortable oasis- all the while sticking to a tight budget.

Dress up your dorm room with these must-have items:

  • A cozy comforter with coordinating throw pillows.
  • An accent rug with a chic pattern.
  • Curtains (ditch the ugly ones that come with the room) trust me on this.
  • Good lighting elements- seek out cute lamp shades.
  • Organizers that can easily be stored under the bed and in the closet.
  • A plethora of pictures to personalize your walls.
  • A mirror hung on the wall to make the space appear larger.

Adorn an apartment without breaking the bank with these helpful accents:

  • Buy a stylish slip cover to transform an old sofa into fabulous.
  • Raid your grandparents and parent’s house for some ”vintage treasures.” Always ask permission before you remove their furniture!
  • Use paints and stains to transform old desks and dressers into masterpieces.
  • If handy, build your own furniture. I know many fraternity members who built full service bars for the frat house. Put that same amount of gusto into building necessary pieces.
  • If you can’t make it- or take it- remeber that IKEA  is a college student’s best friend!

Keeping it clean (DIY Tips)

Between studying, classes, and socializing, cleaning surely is NOT the number one on your to-do list. Keep on top of small spaces, though, so they don’t get overridden by dirt, dust, and grime. You want your living space to be healthy. Here are some cheap and easy tidying tips that are also environmentally-friendly.

  • Instead of tossing old clothing and towels, cut them into small pieces and use as cleaning rags. This will save you lots of money overtime.
  • Sprinkle backing soda on carpets to fight nasty odors.
  • Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle for a fantastic multi-purpose cleaner.
  • White distilled vinegar is an effective solution to fight mold. When your bathroom gets funky, spray the areas with vinegar and let sit (do not wipe or rinse). If you can deal with the smell temporarily, it will eventually dissolve and leave your surfaces sparkling clean. - Rent or Buy Textbooks Great alternative to textbook rentals, saves students a lot of money