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How to decorate for Christmas without getting fined by Res Life

It is officially the Christmas season, which means it is time to decorate! Since a good bit of the holiday season for students is spent away from home, you can decorate your room instead. A lot of Christmas decor is easy to make and affordable. These decorating ideas will make your dorm feel festive while making sure that Residence Life won’t fine you for anything.


Decorate your door

An easy, and safe way to decorate for Christmas is to decorate your dorm or apartment door. You can buy large sheets of paper at stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby to cover your door. You can turn your door into a present, a Christmas tree or any other festive design. If you don’t have the time or money to do that you can always buy a simple wreath to hang on your door.


Hang up Christmas lights

Christmas lights are allowed in dorm rooms as long as you don’t use extension cords with them. At this time of year, stores like Walmart, Lowe’s or Home Depot will have several types of Christmas lights for decent prices. You can choose ones with colors or classic white ones. You also don’t have to take them down after the holidays if you want some ambiance for your room.


Get a small Christmas tree

It is not explicitly stated, but I am sure Res Life does not want students putting five foot Christmas trees in dorm rooms. Instead, you can purchase a miniature tree. Target and Walmart sell little ones that already come with Christmas lights on them. They also have different colors to choose from like silver and pink.


Get a Frasier fir air freshener

Even though you can’t have candles, plug-ins, Scentsy pots or wax melters doesn’t mean your room can’t smell like Christmas. You can get gel air fresheners that are dorm friendly and make your room smell like a Christmas tree at most grocery stores, and they are pretty inexpensive.  


Make a gingerbread house

You can bond with your roommate and decorate your room by building a gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are so fun to make and building one seems like a good distraction from stressing about finals. Once you’ve made it, it makes a cute decoration for your room. Just make sure you throw it away before you leave for Christmas break.


These decorating ideas should help you get in the holiday spirit, without getting in trouble. Make sure you take some time off from studying to enjoy the holiday season before it is over.


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