A ROOM CAN FEEL its absolute smallest when you share it with a complete stranger, who one hopes will turn into a new best friend over the course of a college semester. Hawaii Pacific University's Waterfront Lofts student housing at the Aloha Tower Marketplace can house as many as 272 students in 75 suites. Here's a few tips for making a home away from home for the school year.

This dorm room at the Waterfront Lofts is decorated with essentials, most of which are made by Hawaii designers.

GET THE LOOK:

1. Island Hopper duffel bag in akoakoa, $72, from Manaola.

2. Pineapple twin coverlet in sapphire, $86, from Manuhealii.

3. Architect Desk Lamp in red-orange, $30, from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

4. Pineapple twin coverlet in titanium, $86, from Manuhealii.

5. Seaflower pillow cover, $66, from Jana Lam.

6. T&C Surf
8-foot Mini Tanker Longboard, shaped by Tommy Tanaka, from T&C Surf Designs.

7. Shellini pillow cover, $66, from Jana Lam.

8. Reversible Cube Grid in aqua/red- orange, $20, from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

9. Sunny Beach Bag tote, $110, from Jana Lam.

10. Tall ceramic mug, $12, from Manuhealii.

STORAGE TIPS

Sharing cramped quarters with a new roommate can make moving into a dorm a maddening game of life-size Tetris. Using a self-storage warehouse can help relieve some of that stress before you move in for a new school year. StorSecure shares these tips for getting the most out of a self-storage unit:

• Pack schoolbooks flat in boxes to preserve spines, using pallets or skids beneath boxes to prevent moisture.

• Use cushioning like newspaper or bubble wrap but don’t overstuff cartons.

• For maximum efficiency and organization, leave a walkway to the rear of the storage unit, situate commonly used items closest to the door and label all cartons appropriately.

• Create a list of the labeled cartons, which will serve as an easy reference when transporting cartons and will simplify your life greatly on moving day.

 

 

 

 

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