- Published on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:09
- Written by Candice Land
Living in residence at UCT can influence your life in a number of ways. It extends your family by a few hundred, improves your patience and decreases your nutrition.
I have lived in Tugwell for the past two years. This means I spend 7 months of the year in the ladies Tampon Tower with 406 other girls and my room is my only space.
It is my sanctuary after a hectic day on campus, it is my private haven where not even stress is allowed to enter and, most importantly, it is my space to decorate and make my own.
So with this in mind, here are a few ideas on how to revamp your room and decorate it to reflect your personality and not your poverty.
Photos: Not only do they add colour to the bare egg coloured walls but they evoke fond memories and can entertain guests for hours.
Paintings: If you have more of an artistic flare then having a few paintings might suit you better than photos. Whether you did them yourself or not, a little bit of artistic expression always adds diversity. Prop them up on shelves, hang them from your walls or lean them against your (minimalistic) furniture.
Recycle: One of the most annoying things about staying in res is having to move in and out after each semester. Use the boxes and crates to your advantage by covering them with a sarong or scarf and rest your coffee cups on them.
Adopt: If you are one that has home-sick tendencies then borrow your colour schemes from your room back home. Decorate with scarves, bed-spreads and towels that are the same colour so that you walk into a familiar little nest each day.
Collectables: Books on their own can make a shelf look a little boring so turn your room into a giant scrap-book and collect little mementos and souvenirs from your adventures in this glorious town: Little shells, post cards, stolen bottles and signs. You’ll find yourself smiling to yourself as you fall asleep while reliving your experiences.
Furniture: Most importantly is your furniture. Even if you don’t like excess decorations, the necessities still reflect your character. So choose your favourite bed spread and accompany it with a scattering of comfy cushions. While you’re at it why not switch your curtains for something more festive, add a plant, lay down a rug. It is the simple things that become the foundation of a good day.
Ultimately, when you move into residence, you move into an empty hole and create your own world. Put in the effort, make your room a heavenly haven, make it a reflection of you.