How to Make Your Year Abroad Living Space Your Own


I find that no matter where I’m studying in the world – my living space can get messy pretty quickly! This is especially the case when I’m abroad because I get so swept up in the hustle and bustle of being in a new space, with new people. Here are my top tips on how to keep your living space clean, while keeping a dose of personality in.

1. Posters, posters, posters.

Posters are a great way to express yourself. Whether it’s a blown-up cover of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ or a ‘Fight Club’ movie poster – posters are also a great way to start conversation with your roommate, or anybody who’s walking by your room in the corridor. Common interests are a great way to form friendships, and posters are a great way of forming those connections.

If you’re not allowed to stick stuff to the wall, try getting a pin-board instead!

2. Calendar.

A paper or magnetic weekly calendar is a great way to keep track of what you’ve got for the week ahead, as well as remind you of things that you may have been putting off. I’d recommend using colourful markers as well to categorise between different events.

3. Storage drawers or boxes.

Dorm storage space is always questionable, so why not expand it in your way. Buy drop-down sections that you can hang from a coat rack. Invest in boxes to hide under your bed, which may hold notes from last semester that you’re “not sure you need but want to keep just in case” or clothes you might wear for the unexpected cooler days.

4. Put your pens in a mug.

Maybe this is just me but I have such a problem with losing pens. Keeping them in one place just makes life easier.

5. Fairy lights!

They can transform ANY room. A worthy investment.

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