The moment you’ve been waiting for is here… finally moving out of your shoebox dorm room. Finally getting out of those… let’s say interesting communal showers. You survived freshman year and you’re moving into your sorority house aka what you’ve been looking forward to since you got your bid card. It will probably be the best year of your life and come May, you’ll be begging to stay another year. To help make your year in the house awesome, we at Epting Events have compiled our favorite tips for decorating your new home away from home!
EASY ON THE EYES — An easy way to offset the craziness that comes with ten months of sharing a small space is to plan out the decor with your roommate (or roommates) beforehand. This “easy” way will definitely require everyone to be flexible, but it’ll be worth it. Coming home to a coordinated neutral or muted color scheme after studying won’t magnify that killer headache. And, choosing a neutral bedspread means you’re more likely to reuse it (aka the perfect excuse to invest in one of Anthropologie’s to die for quilts). Okay, we can hear you now “But I want a FUN colorful room!”, but there are tons of ways to jazz up your space without it looking like a HomeGoods overload. Adding assorted throw pillows and blankets in coordinating colors and varying textures provides color without the headache. Target is a great place to pick up a few without breaking the budget. Another way is to hang up picture frames and wall decor. Since most sorority houses don’t let you paint your walls, these transform drab walls and favorite pictures of friends and family make your room more personal. Hobby Lobby is our go to place to get both of these since they always seem to have something 50% off! A disclaimer though: remember this is your room, so if your style is more ROYGBIV, go with it!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX — While the house may look like a mansion on the outside, that is only on the outside. In your room, space will still be a hot commodity. To max out the limited space you get, you may need to get creative. Bins and baskets are smart solutions to store shoes, purses, t-shirts, etc. You can tuck something like this under your bed and even stack multiple ones if its lofted. The Container Store is a one stop shop for quality drawers that won’t break halfway through the year. If you have some extra closet room (we say if because we all know that space is gonna get really crowded), utilize it with a clothes hanger rod that attaches to the existing rod. This is a hundred times easier than trying to install a permanent one yourself, and it will save you time in the madhouse that is move in day. This one is perfect for any sorority house and will still work like a charm a year later! However, if the only space you’ve got to work with is out in the open, find some baskets that match your room decor and won’t get in the way when trying not to wake your roommate up at 8 a.m.
MS. CLEAN — For most of you moving into the sorority house, this will be the first time you’ve been charged with more than just making the bed. This year may present the need for you to take out the trash, wash the dishes, and even (gasp) scrub the toilet. Establishing from the beginning that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep up with chores will save you from the trouble of massive deep cleans and awkward arguments with your roommates. However, everyone knows priorities shift as people get busier, and suddenly vacuuming doesn’t seem quite as important as heading down Milledge to that philanthropy dinner. Creating a permanent list of chores and alternating who does what each week makes it harder for people to shirk off their responsibilities. Getting a dry erase board or chalkboard makes switching between weeks easy and looks cuter than just that poster “chore chart” we all made as kids. All that being said, one of the most important things to remember when living in the sorority house, is to treat your sisters as you would want to be treated. If you know one of your roommates hasn’t gotten around to wiping down the counters because she’s been cramming for a huge chem test all week, cut her some slack. As much as a clean space makes living with 40 girls more peaceful, helping each other out goes even further.
These tips should make your move less stressful and a lot more fun. Stay tuned for our next blog post in the PROJECTGREEK series. Happy planning!