Small Space Spotlight: A perfectly shared space at Arizona State

Moving into dorms is nerve-wracking enough without throwing in the fact that you’re about to live with a stranger, but moving in with someone you don’t know doesn’t always end in a nightmare like the movies.  (Have you seen “The Roommate”?)

Luckily for Sydnee Andress, an early childhood education major, and roommate Stephanie Hosac, a nursing major, at Arizona State University, the two became good friends fast. This made living and decorating their pocket-sized, shared space much easier to live in.

This necklace holder was originally Andress's, but Hosac uses it to store her necklaces on. Photo by Kelci Cooper

This necklace holder was originally Andress’s, but Hosac uses it to store her necklaces on. Photo by Kelci Cooper

“She (Andress) is great and we get along really well. We have our separate spaces but we have no problem sharing things,” Hosac said.

”We share everything basically,” Andress said. “We switch up the room all the time. So it’s nice to be able to move around and not be confided in just one space for each of us.”

Hosac has hints of blue in her items in the room such as her bedding and storage bins. Photo by Kelci Cooper

Hosac has hints of blue in her items in the room such as her bedding and storage bins. Photo by Kelci Cooper

Their room in ASU’s downtown Phoenix dorms, Taylor Place, looks like one cohesive room. The only difference seems to be that Hosac has blue sheets, while Andress has a peach blanket on her bed.

The two freshman both seem to have the same idea on how to organize the room and make it feel like home.

The photo shows two closets both with dressers in the bottom of them under hanging clothes.

The dressers inside of each girl’s closet take up otherwise empty space. Photo by Kelci Cooper

“We wanted to make it feel as roomy as possible, so that’s why we put the dressers in our closets because that space wasn’t being used at all,” Andress said.

The photo shows the organization unit used to store a tv on top, a microwave and a coffee pot on the second shelf.

The girls put their television on top of the wire unit so anyone could see it from any angle, according to Andress. Photo by Kelci Cooper

The wire shelving used to hold the television doubled as a space to put the microwave, coffee maker and to store food on.

It seems that the key to a happy home for these two, is a clean and organized space that feels just like home.

“I just wanted it to look like my room from home,” Hosac said.

The photo shows Andress's bed, gray sheets with a peach blanket and an Arizona State football helmet pillow.

Andress has an Arizona State pillow on her bed that she’s had since she was a little girl. Photo by Kelci Cooper

“Yeah, I just wanted my space to feel as much as home as the space allows. Like, I’ve had that sparky helmet pillow on my bed since I was a little girl, so I brought it with me,” Andress explained.

“It’s really great living with Stephanie,” Andress said. “It’s not so much like living with my sister because I haven’t known her for that long, but it would be like living with my sister.”

It may be hard to express your personal style when living with a roommate, but you may get lucky enough to share the same interests and style with them too.

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