College & Minimalism: How They Go Together and Why It’s Important
Minimalism while staying in a dorm in college isn’t usually something a first time student is thinking of when packing for the new school year. More likely than not you’re running around trying to make sure you have *absolutely everything* you could possibly need. Most freshman tend to over pack rather than under pack. When I arrived in my first dorm, my dad wanted to make sure I had everything, so besides all of the clothes, shoes, and other necessities I needed, he thought Costco sized bottled water packs (about 24-36 per pack), Costco sized laundry detergent and fabric softener, and Costco sized anything else. The pros to having such a large quantity of things is that it takes a significant time to get through, lasting longer. The cons is that living in a 12x19ft room, leaves no room for anything extra. I also had one hell of a time dragging the heavy laundry detergent up and down the stairs every few weeks.
So, is minimalism something you can or should do in college? Absolutely. Even if you’re not comfortable with the idea of minimalism, curbing the consumerism and making sure you leave with the same or even less than you came with is a good goal.
“When you call a person a minimalist, you’re describing their interest in keeping things very simple. A minimalist prefers the minimal amount or degree of something.” (x)