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Back To School Move-In Tips

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I know it’s only July, but a lot of incoming freshmen are anticipating the start of their college experience. You freshmen have been preparing for move-in day as soon as you graduated from high school. For the rest of us college students, take this month to slowly prepare for heading back to school. This way there’s no rush when move-in day comes around.

There are four things to consider when moving in to a college campus:

1. Books

Professors usually will post what books you need online before classes start so students know which ones they need. For those students who have summer jobs, you can easily figure out your budget for books before you return. This is extremely convenient. When you get all the names for your textbooks, look into renting. It’s the simplest way to get the cheapest textbooks. Places like BookRenter help students save up to 80% on textbooks, so your summer savings will go to great use!

2. Wardrobe

Check consignment stores. Before the big rush hits and everyone is at the major shopping places, take the relaxing aura of summer to find some local consignment shops. They’ll often have the perfect options for just what you’re looking for – from school totes to business clothes, they’ll have it all – at great prices too.

3. Dorm/Apartment Essentials

It’s overwhelming to stock up on things like toiletries, bed sheets, drawers, desk accessories, decorations, and other items all at once! Most likely you’ll have some things from your previous times being in a dorm or living in an apartment, but we always want new things, right? Especially freshman who do not have all their living furnishings, start buying things early. Good things to get would be frames, more drawers, sheets, and some storage dividers. Places like the Salvation Army and the clearance sections at a lot of department stores always have steals!

4. Enjoy Time With Friends

I remember the rush that my friends had when they came back to visit a little bit during the summer from college. They had too many friends, and too little time to hang out with all of them. You most likely have a little over a month left. Spend your free time now spending time with them before classes start up again.

Enjoy these last months of summer and good luck in the fall!

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3 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Dorm / Apartment

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Dorms or apartments can be dreadful, especially if it’s your first year away from home. Make it your own and then you will feel more than welcome! Here are some dorm décor ideas to spruce up those boring old rooms!

1. Gift-Wrap Wallpaper

Dorm room and apartment walls can be a such a bore! Add a splash of personality by decorating your wall. This DIY project is cheap, easy and only requires a couple items: 2-3 rolls of gift-wrap paper, thumb-tacks, scissors and tape. Tack on two thumbtacks to the edges of the gift-wrap paper. Make sure you align the edges parallel to the ceiling and then let the gift-wrap roll all the way down to the floor. Cut off the gift-wrap paper parallel to the floor using the scissors and fold it inwards to have a straight-edge look at the bottom. Secure the bottom by tacking on thumbtacks to the bottom as well. Use pieces of tape to hold down the top, sides, and bottom of the gift-wrap paper. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have run out of wall space. Now, you should have your own customized wall design that everyone will envy!

2. Can Pen Holders

Need some inexpensive yet chic way to store your pens and pencils? Here’s a way to recycle some of your empty cans! All you need is a can opener, nail file and a few empty cans. Go ahead and take the empty soda can and remove the entire top portion and then file down the sharp edges of the can and rinse it out with soap and water. Let it dry and voila! You have yourself an awesome pen/pencil holder.

3. Clothespin Photos

Why buy frames or tape photos on your wall? Here’s a unique, cheap and artistic way of posting photos onto your wall! All you need is some ribbon, clothespins, thumbtacks and your favorite memorable photographs! Cut the ribbon to size and tack thumbtacks onto each end. Evenly space out the areas in which you’d like to post your photos, use the clothes pins to create markers. Hang the photos in place using the clothespins and now you have a cool way of displaying photos!

No need to splurge all your money on dorm/ apartment décor! Try these DIY décor projects and save even more cash! Can’t get enough of these DIY projects? Well, check out this website for different ideas on how to add a splash of your personality into your dorm/apartment!

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D.I.Y. Dorm Decor

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It’s the return to school, homework, and studying time of the year. For some of us, we pack up our bedrooms at home and move whatever we can into what will be our home away from home for the next 8-9 months. Since most of us are on a student budget, we look for ways to live inexpensively (cheap meals and cheap dorm furnishings), but that doesn’t mean our dorm has to take the grunt of it. Believe it or not, there are some easy and affordable ways to decorate without breaking the bank.

1. Stylish Lighting

Hot glue flowers to a lamp shade. This one is probably more for the ladies, unless you can find a pattern you like, guys. Stop at Target and pick up one of their $10 lamps, a white lamp shade, and then hit the craft store for some fake flowers. You could also use feathers, beads, or ribbon.

2. Where Are My Keys?

Take a wooden board, cover with the fabric of your choice, and add hooks. Use for jewelry or keys. Check out these key holders for more creative inspiration.

3. Drink In Style.

Pick up some small frames at Ross, TJ Maxx (or another similar store), and instead of putting a picture in them, fill them with corks to create some rustic-looking and original coasters. You could also use beer bottle cap or create drawings on the basic white coasters. It’s a built-in conversation starter!

4. Bottlecap Memories.

You know those photos on your computer of you and your friends? Print them out in a small size and glue them to the inside of bottle caps. Or create fridge magnets out of them! Follow this simple tutorial.

5. Make a museum.

When was the last time you painted? With this tutorial, you can get back the little kid in you and create a piece no one else will have. Experiment with different designs, such as spirals, circles or another funky pattern.

What are your favorite ways to decorate your dorm? Let us know in the comments!

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