Minimalism has been trending for the past few years with the help of zero-waste movements and organizing consultant, Marie Kondo. So, what exactly is minimalism? By definition, minimalism is a style in music, design, or literature that focuses on “extreme sparseness and simplicity.”
In terms of interior design, minimalism is simply avoiding clutter and keeping only the things that are essential. Most minimalist designs are composed of the bare minimum décor and furniture and stick closely to a light or dark theme.
Going minimalist in your dorm room is one of the best changes you can do today. Here are tips to help you live a clutter-free and organized college life.
Minimalism isn’t sustainable without the proper mindset. Always remember that ‘less is more’. Your future buying decisions should be made with this in mind. Sometimes the best decision isn’t to ‘purchase the more practical option’, but rather it is to ‘not purchase at all.’
This is the most important (and probably the most difficult) part of minimalism. You should be aware that realistically, there are only a few objects in your dorm room that you need to study and graduate. Your huge comic book collection doesn’t belong in a tiny dorm room. So does a huge all-season wardrobe.
If you can’t help but keep unnecessary items, make sure you don’t keep too many. When choosing which items to keep, ask yourself if this is something you really need and use a lot. Also, make sure there’s an organized storage space for these.
It will be difficult to maintain a minimalist dorm room if your roommate won’t support you. Decide on personal spaces where your individual stuff would be stored discreetly. For shared spaces, everyone should agree to an overall clean look and commit to clearing out clutter.
Exchange ideas on how you can make your room more livable. Who knows, your roommate might be more of a minimalist than you are.
Sticking with a specific color palette makes everything look put together. If you don’t like most of the room to be white, choose a different pastel color as the base color. Choosing a light-colored theme will make any dorm room look airy and inviting.
Keep the walls and large items in a neutral color and place a few small objects with vibrant colors to add some contrast. This is the best way to show your personality. Small decorative pieces or pillows are good items to have in colors that pop.
I’m sure there are photos and notes that are simply too important for you to throw away. The problem is, these things get scattered easily all over the dorm room. You can set up a large corkboard on the wall and pin those important memories and reminders. You can even arrange them symmetrically or in a grid pattern to make them look easy on the eyes.
One of the main causes of clutter is not being able to keep things organized. This usually happens when you use up all your time studying and you’re left unable to put things back in their proper place. Setting the bookshelf within easy reach allows you to return books easily and prevent them from piling up on your desk.
One of the best ways to maximize limited space in a dorm room is to lift the bed. Getting a loft kit to raise a dorm bed gives you the most extra space. You can put shelves or drawers under the bed. Storing a lot of stuff under the bed makes the rest of the room look less cluttered.
Make sure there’s a corner in the room with a lot of breathing space. It doesn’t have to be completely empty. What’s important is there should be somewhere that’s easy on the eyes. You can even add a small potted plant to add to that relaxing atmosphere.
If you are unable to take care of plants, you can substitute it with an artificial potted plant. Another alternative would be to tape a plant print on the wall. A little greenery gives the minimalist dorm room a homey vibe.
Minimalism isn’t a one-time renovation. It’s a lifestyle. College life comes with a lot of clutter—tons of papers and books, pizza boxes, dirty clothes, and school merchandise. Make sure to clean up unnecessary items regularly. De-cluttering also involves saying ‘No’ to free stuff handed out that you really don’t need.
Throughout your college years, you will accumulate tons of memorabilia—caps, shirts, jackets, posters, flags, and banners. For sure, these are things you want to keep. Most probably, your parents are fine with storing these things in the basement at home until you graduate.