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Monday, April 21, 2014

Life at Smith II: Living

Living at Smith is a little different from living at most other colleges. For starters, we don't live in dorms, we live in houses. I'm typing this from a building with hardwood floors and a ghost, so that's not an exaggeration. For the most part, this means that communities are strong and the places students call home have a degree of character not often found on college campuses. That said, some things apply everywhere! Here is what I have found useful living at Smith (most apply to college/life in general).
Dorm room at Smith College
Every ounce of space is precious. I have used bed risers since first year, which provide me with enough height under the bed for a couple storage bins. They're great for out of season clothes, extras of anything, cleaning supplies, etc. I also I keep my suitcases and anything I typically use when traveling under here. All of this isn't all that pleasing aesthetically, though, so I use a queen-sized comforter rather than a twin, and keep my bed against a wall. The right draping, and no one is the wiser! (I may also keep the college-issued land line underneath my dresser.)
Dorm room at Smith College
In keeping with multiple uses for everything, my bookshelf doubles (quintuples?) as a shoe rack, kitchen cabinet, silverware drawer, and work-out-clothes-holder. I don't have time for pleasure reading when I'm here, so it only makes sense to make my bookshelves take on multiple duties.
Dorm room at Smith College
Dorm room at Smith College
Command hooks are my best friends! I use the nicer, heavier duty metal ones on my door to hang up my coats. When I wasn't happy with the placement of my mirror at the beginning of the year (on the inside of my closet door) I just went to target, bought a smaller one for $5, and hung it up with a couple plastic hooks. Same with my bulletin board. I dry my towel on a command hook. They're the best! Having a few hanging around is never a bad idea.
Dorm room at Smith College
Command hooks aren't the only options, though. My set of over the door hooks are great and have zero chance of causing damage. And at this point, even the doorknobs on my closet are doubling for extra space.
Dorm room at Smith College
Dorm room at Smith College
Chances are, you will want some alternative lighting in your room. The sconces here are far less harsh than fluorescent overheads, but it's still nicer to use the little desk lamp I embellished for myself a couple years ago. I've also found magazine holders to be extremely effective for organizing my day-to-day life.
Dorm room at Smith College
Dorm room at Smith College
And of course, it's most important to add character to your room! I love posters, post cards, maps, and my bulletin board. Nothing all that new there, but it's the little things that make a dorm room feel like some place you actually want to live. What about you? What did you/do you/will you do to make your life at college beautiful? I've only got a month left!

3 comments:

  1. Interesting post! Do you study German? I like those Coca Cola postcards :)

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    1. Hi Frada! I do study German -- I got most of the postcards when I was studying in Vienna last year.

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    2. I study German too, at university. Nice to meet you -- and nice blog :)

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