How to Make a Dorm Directory

Moving out of your house, even for just a few months, can be overwhelming. By making a directory of resources around your new home, you can make the transition a lot easier and more convenient.


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    Purchase a scrapbook, large photo album, or 1 1/2 -2" binder at a local department store or art supply store. Also purchase some pages. The best type is a tacky photosheet such as Redi-Mount ® Photo Sheets by C-Line, but regular 4 x 6" photo inserts are also fine. Work with your budget; there is no wrong way to do this project.
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    Look for recipes at recipe sites such as,,, or There are plenty of others; don't limit yourself. Search for recipes for foods that you like. Look at the ingredients, and make sure that the recipes are easy and have few ingredients, and that they can be made in the equipment available to you (Such as microwave cake). It is handy to have at least a few recipes that you can make "from scratch," especially on occasions such as your roommate's birthday.
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    Go to google maps, and click on "get directions" (or click here: ). Type in the address of your housing building. In the destination box, type in the name of your favorite store or similar. For example, you could type in "Wegmans," or "Cafe," or Bicycle repair," and find results in your area. Click on the choices that are easiest for you to get to, based on the modes of transportation that will be available to you, be it foot, bicycle, car, or bus. Click "Print." Take a screenshot of the print page, and save it in a folder on your desktop. (To take a screenshot: For Windows- Go to View>Text size if you need to change the size of the text to fit the directions. Then, press the PRNT SCRN (print screen) button, open MS paint, and paste the image. Save this image in a folder on your desktop. For Macintosh: Hold down Command+Shift+3. Drag the folder on your desktop into the folder.
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    Find some websites or articles in old magazines that contain useful advice, such as weights and measures conversion factors, stain removal techniques, etc. Save them in your desktop folder or cut them out and set them aside.
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    Continue gathering information, directions, recipes, tips, links, etc. depending on your interests.
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    Print the items in your folder out. You may want to paste them into a Word or Pages document, or use Microsoft Publisher, Comic Life, or another program to print multiple images on one sheet. This will avoid extra paper waste.
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    Sort your clippings by topic, and arrange to your satisfaction on your photo pages or scrapbook pages. You can use dividers to separate the topics.
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    If you wish, decorate your directory. It's your informational resource, so customize it.
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    Add some extra pages between topics to accommodate any clippings you may find later.


  • It helps to know about what you will be taking with you to school, and what will be allowed in your dorm room. For example, it wouldn't make sense to collect recipes for microwaveable dishes if your microwaves are prohibited in your dorm.
  • These make GREAT, cheap, heartfelt gifts for close friends who are graduating.


  • Scissors are sharp. Don't hurt yourself.
  • Paper cuts are painful, so stay away from the edges.

Things You'll Need

  • Binder (1 1/2 - 2"), scrapbook album, or photo album
  • A set of dividers (appropriate size for album)
  • Photo pages
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Printer
  • Magazines

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Categories: Campus Life