SPONSORED How to make your first home / Dorms/ Halls feel like home....
So its that magical time of year when many 18 years old decide that they want to take on the adventure of University and the first hurdle of moving into their halls /dorms. It also marks the start of the legendary couple of weeks know as the 'Freshers'. The weeks that can't and shouldn't be remembered ;)
For many this is a time filled with brand new experience as this is the first time out of the family home. For some it is an emotional and difficult time. Everybody is different and this is something that no one can completely prepare you for. Suddenly you are having to pay real bills and buy your own food and have to be responsible!
(In order to not exclude any one that is reading this post, I am also tailoring it to moving into your first home)
As I have documented on the blog, my first experience of moving out was a hard one as I couldn't get the place to feel like mine for ages and as my Boyfriend has noted for ages it felt like we were on holiday. You can find more out about that in this blog post
Therefore when I was asked to think about it, I tried to think of some advice as to how to make a new environment feel like somewhere that you could relax and somewhere that is 'yours'. Some may seem fairly basic but I feel like that they make all the difference.
My first tip : Surround your self with happy memories. The easiest way I suppose is to use pictures. I have covered my flat in pictures. Sometimes just to see smiling faces of my family calms me nicely. Some people also put up tokens, for example gig tickets , posters of events that they've been to.
In a dorm the cheapest way to do this is to use the pin board that most rooms feature, that means that you can easily rotate them when you see fit :) ( don't blue tac them or tape them to the walls as you can cause damage that you'll have to pay for)
(I personally love having little memes everywhere: )
My second tip : Smells. This is going to sound really weird, but.... I find that certain smells are relaxing. My example is the Christmas cinnamon candle that you can get. My mum always lit one in the winter and it really does bring me to a happy place :). I think that also a candle can be calming for the mind. When you see the flame dance on the candle it takes your mind away. I would recommend taking something from your old bedroom just to comfort you. (Disclaimer : a lot of dorms get funny about candles so if you are going to follow my advice I'd check that one out!)
Third tip : Music. What ever type of music that you are into it can remind you or certain points in your life. I find that even today, I like to lose myself to my music every now and again. Forget about situations and surroundings, just focus on your thoughts. I would load your laptop up before you go, make playlists that you can play in your room.
Fourth tip : Food. I would say that food again is very powerful. Especially when you are in charge of buying your own food and living away. I have a comfort meal that reminds me of one of my grandparents. I wouldn't overindulge too much though ;) remember you need to budget!
Fifth tip: As you may have noticed, all the above tips are four of the five senses, Smell, sight, hearing and taste. The final one is touch. Now I think that it is very important to be comfortable. Investing in bedding is something that is highly recommended. Dorm furniture is known for being uncomfortable. A good place to check is Parachute ( the link to their bedding is here) they have an impressive range to check out. Another tip : make sure that you are buying warm bedding as it gets cold in the winter!
And finally, my most valuable tip : it's ok to go home and to call your parent every now and again. Its ok to get homesick every now and again, trust me your parents are missing you too. So give them a call...go and see them. Trust me in the fact that your roommates are probably feeling the same way. So get to know them, bond! Uni friendships are a strong bond!
So I hope that these tips have helped.
Good luck if you are going to freshers for the first time and good luck to those of you moving out for the first time. It will be the hardest thing you do but the best!
Feel free to drop me a comment with how you are feeling below!
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