So you’ve moved into your new dorm room. Your first thoughts probably are, “What have I gotten myself into?” or “What do I do now?”

The question is, do you keep your room bland and boring or do you make it your own and personalize it?

With the space provided you can’t really do much, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it nice and ‘homey.’ This is your new home for the time being, so you should try and make the best of it.

When setting up your room you have to keep a few things in mind. It’s not exactly the biggest space to work with, and that will really limit your options.

Remember, you’ll be moving out again when summer rolls around so that may limit the amount of decorations you bring or buy. Don’t bring a bunch of stuff you’re not going to be comfortable transporting back home again when the semester is over.

That said, how much you bring is entirely up to you.

“Raising your bed can really help.” said Adam Bowling, 24, sophomore, general business major.

Raising your bed adds more space than you think. Instead of having your shelves out in the open and in the way of your walking path; they are neatly stacked under your bed giving you a bigger living area or more floor space. You can also fit most mini refrigerators under there as well.

One popular idea that has been utilized by students is bunking their beds. This basically lets you have this huge open space to put a lot of things in. It’s a great option if either you or your roommate is willing to sacrifice and sleep on the top bunk. Again, it’s all up to you.

Some dorms even have moveable dressers and desks. If you live in a dorm where your furniture doesn’t move, don’t worry about it. You can still utilize the space to accommodate your needs. But if they do move, then you have more options for organizing your room.

As for your desk and school supplies, you have a lot of options there as well. Some desks come with a top shelf for materials. If you get a desk with an attached shelf, organization should be a breeze. Many students utilize that space for items such as televisions, game consoles and desktop computers. If you’ve got plenty of electronics, you will have plenty of space.

Books will typically fit in the drawers of the desk. Not only will this get them out of your way when you don’t need them, but it will help cut back on clutter. Another option many students don’t know about is stacking your desks where you put one on top of the other to produce a makeshift entertainment center. This will really increase your floor space.

Personalizing your room doesn’t have to be a chore. You can also set an atmosphere by hanging up posters and other memorabilia that expresses your personality. As long as it meets your dorms regulations, you can pretty much have anything in your room from strobe lights to a disco ball.

Really it just comes down to what you want, and what you and your roommate can agree on. Do what you want to your room. It’s your room. Make agreements with your roommate to see what they would like or not like. Also, if you don’t want a roommate, you always have the option of registering for a private room, then the choices are all yours. Just do what feels comfortable to you and enjoy your dorm and the community that comes with it.