Dorm Room Do’s and Don’ts
Move-In Day has finally arrived!
What will you take? What will you leave? What if my roommate and I don’t get along?
The point is, moving away from home is kind of a big deal. I can say from my own personal experiences that life away from home is different.
So to help you out I have created a list of do’s and don’ts for the upcoming semester. This list is not exhaustive, but it should be a good place to start to prepare for your big move.
Don’t Bring ALL of Your Stuff From Home
Stuffed animals and old picture frames… They can be hard to leave behind, but this is one of those occasions where it’s necessary. Leaving things behind leaves room for the things ahead.
Do Pack What You Need
Make a checklist of things you’ll want to take from home, such as your reading lamp and pillow. If you want to save space, take only your summer/fall clothes and swap it out later during Christmas Break.
You can also make a separate list of things you would rather buy after you arrive. I waited until I had moved to purchase things like food and cleaning supplies.
Don’t Forget to Ask Your Roommate Before Making Room Decor Decisions
Before you start putting up things like the bath rug or shower curtain, ask your roommate if they agree. If you want to go above and beyond waiting until moving day, meet up with your roommate prior to Move-In Day to determine who will provide what.
Do Speak to Your Roommate
Now that you have moved in, it is time to truly get to know a little more about your roommate. This is the person you will (hopefully) be rooming with for a good while, so you might as well try to get on their good side. Point is, be kind to your roommate and at least try to get to know them before making any judgment.
Don’t Be That Roommate
From the very beginning, there are ground rules that should be established about your dorm room.
Ask your roommate about their wake/sleep time, establish guest rules, chores, set a temperature on the thermostat, and be honest. Small things like these help to keep problems from brewing later in the semester.
Do Communicate Effectively
The true trial begins when a conflict arises. College is a time to learn to be adults, and conflict resolution is a thing we all have to learn. Don’t make the problem larger than it really is. After all, you are a couple of students just trying to have a good college experience.