Boarding School Dorm Life

international group of students at christian boarding school
It’s almost time to head back to school! Whether it is your first time at an international boarding school or whether you are a pro, there is always more you can do to organize your dorm room and make it feel more like home.


7 quick tips to organize your dorm room at boarding school:

  1. Your home may be on the West Coast, across the country, or on the other side of the world. No matter where you are from, it is always nice to have a piece of home with you. Look around your room at home and pack one or two small mementoes to place on your dresser or desk. Grab those seashells from your last beach trip with your family or that clay whatcha-ma-call-it that your little brother or sister made for you.
  2. Pictures, Pictures, Pictures. Nothing will help you feel more at home in your dorm room then being surrounded by those you love and who love you. Start printing them out, asking your mom and dad where those old photo albums are and make copies, or start putting your favorite pictures with your friends and family on your USB, computer, Facebook, or mobile device so you can print them here at Canyonville’s local pharmacy, Gordan’s Pharmacy, or on one of the several mall or Walmart trips.
  3. Want to bring more life to your dorm room? Then add a small plant or two. Afraid you will forget to water them? Try a succulent (cactus). They make great houseplants, require little care, and are quite trendy right now. Fake flowers are also a great option. Many look real and bring life and color to your dorm room without any care.
  4. Since you will be sharing a room with another student/s it is important to utilize and organize the space as best as possible. Depending on the room, under the bed storage boxes for clothes or shoes might be helpful. Stores also offer a variety of over-the-door and in the closet clothes and shoe holders {which don’t necessarily need to be used for those things}. If you have extra space in your room and need more storage, plastic or fabric International Boarding School Dorm Lifedrawer carts are great.
  5. Using a community bathroom will probably be new to you. The essentials for showering are flip-flops and a shower caddy for all your beauty & hygiene needs. Not only are caddies great for keeping all your bathroom items organized, but they also make carrying these items to the bathroom simple and easy. Also, although not a must, a bathrobe is nice to have as you return to your room after showering.
  6. What’s the point of taking a shower if all your clothes are dirty? That’s right! It’s time to learn how to do your own laundry. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think. All you need is detergent, maybe some softener and dryer sheets (depending on your own preferences), and a good laundry basket or hamper. You will have your choice of regular or foldable baskets, stand-up hampers, and laundry backpacks.
  7. As you are planning don’t forget to organize one very important place… your desk! It’s hard to study effectively if your desk is a mess and you are unsure about your homework assignments. You’ve come to boarding school to study and further your education, so let’s get to it! Get a planner, desk calendar, or dry erase board to plan out & keep track of your classes, assignments, and extra-curricular activities. Then, buy or make some desk organizers for your pencils, paper clips, papers, and other school essentials.

For more ideas & tips on organizing your boarding school dorm room and making it feel more like home, visit Canyonville Christian Academy’s Pinterest page!

Check out our Dorm Room Checklist to make sure you have everything you need to make sure your boarding school experience great! 



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