Having your own locker at your dance studio is super exciting. Along with claiming a space in the studio, having a locker can mean you are officially part of the team. Who knew storage could be so special? You have to celebrate and personalize it. To take your locker from plain and boring to feeling like your own, there are plenty of crafty ways to personalize your space.

1. Add Pictures

This is the easiest way to customize your locker. Add photos of your friends, family, pets, and things that make you happy. You can print out photos from your phone at home or at a photo station in a store (CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart often have self-service photo printers). From there, all you need is tape or magnets to hang them up. (Bonus points for cute washi tapes or magnets that match your personality too!)

2. Include the Essentials

Dance practice can be long and tiring, so it’s always good to keep some essentials at the studio just in case. Make a list of things you are always reaching for during class and put mini or travel versions in your locker. We suggest hairspray, bobby pins, a hairbrush, deodorant, a towel, and a change of clothes. 

3. Decorate the Outside

If you are allowed to, decorating the outside of your locker door is the best way to make your locker stand out from the rest. Adding stickers, pictures, and notes to the front is simple and fun. You and your friends can also decorate the outside of each other’s lockers to make it even more special to you.

4. Get Organized

While decorating is exciting, organization is just as important. You don’t want to spend unnecessary time going through your locker trying to find something if you can avoid it. Get some small bins and containers (you can even get ones that are magnetized!), and use those to organize your items.

5. Add a Mirror and Wallpaper

A mirror is always useful for dance class! If you have to touch up your makeup or hair before or after practice, a quick stop at your locker (where you keep your other essentials of course) is all you need. Wallpaper is another fun way to add some personality throughout your entire locker, especially since there are so many different colors and patterns available.

6. Air Freshener

If you plan to keep dance clothes or shoes in your locker, an air freshener might be a good idea. Extra clothes and shoes will stay smelling fresh, and those used dancewear items won’t get too musty before they’re ready to be washed.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.