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9 ideas to bring fun and comfort back to the dorms

WHOO! SPRING SEMESTER! Time to party hard and go to class and study a lot and…trudge out of your last lab so tired you want to sleep forever…back home to your 10×10 cinderblock den with communal showers…and constant fire alarms. Okay, living in dormitories can get boring — even frustrating. I'm thinking back on those days and pulling out the cozy ways my roommate and I made our dorm a fun place to relax, even when schedules got tough: after she pulled another all-night at the hotel front desk or when I got done with my soul-crushing, puppy-killing job.

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Unlock some inspiration to use keys as decor

I recently started going to auctions and this time brought home a big basket full of vintage and not-so-old keys. I love the look of them and would like to do something more creative than display them in a bowl. Most of the ideas I've found are crafts to do with little kids.

It will take a few years to grow any craft-aged kids, so what can I do now that will reinvent these keys?

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Print and post street flyers in your neighborhood

All the cool kids are talking about street art. Big-name street artists have been in hugely successful art films (okay, so as successful as art films can get) and have brands. But it's so exciting because anyone can do it.

There is almost no barrier to entry. You don't have to buy paints, you don't have to get in trouble, you don't have to have an amazing idea, and nobody even needs to know who you are. And it's really, really, really fun to make something — even if all you did was trace a skull on a sticker and slap in on a fire hydrant. Making things is totally an addictive cycle.

So if you are among the uninitiated, consider me your street art candy man. I will give you three easy starter projects you can just Save As, Print, and post — or grab a magic marker and a sheet of A5 and replicate.