Moving into the dorms for college is always a new, fun, and exciting experience. Well, fun until you realize just how small your living space is.
Maintaining an organized room is essential if you want to enjoy your dorm and use it in the most efficient way possible. Here are 7 solutions to common dorm storage tips that you simply must try.
1. Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer
Over-the-door shoe organizers are amazing for helping organize your shoes, or really anything else you need organized. Use it to store school supplies, socks, makeup, toiletries—anything small enough to fit in the slots can be stored here for easy, out-of-the-way access.
2. Shoe Racks
Have a ton of shoes? Consider using a shoe rack to help save space. Looking for a more creative way to save space? Build your own shoe rack with the use of several large cut PVC pipes, or by mounting several towel racks to the wall inside your closet.
3. Store Unnecessary Items
With so little space to work with, you need to make sure every item in your dorm room is absolutely necessary. If you have any items you don’t need constant access to, consider keeping them in a storage unit. Check with your roommate—maybe they will want to split the cost and space.
4. Shower Caddy
Rather than just carrying your shower toiletries back and forth from the bathroom, purchase a basket or small shower caddy to make shower time more efficient. This also gives you a designated place to keep these items so you always know where they are and can be stored out of the way.
5. Storage Headboard
If you’re able to use your own furniture in your dorm room, consider purchasing a storage headboard to help better utilize your space. Any extra space helps, so take advantage of every last nook and cranny to store CDs, books, and other personal items.
6. Lift Your Bed
Consider using cinder blocks to lift your bed and allow yourself more space for storage. Purchase some under-bed storage units to hold books, shoes, out of season clothing or even luggage. You definitely won’t miss the space, but you’ll appreciate the decrease in clutter in your closet.
7. Keep Tabs on Cords
Literally. Ask your mom to save up the tabs from loaves of bread and use them to mark the cords and cables in your room to make identifying cords easy. You’ll never again have to trace a cord back to the source to determine what it goes to.
Keep It Comfortable
Amid all of the organizing, don’t forget to infuse some style into your space. Create a comfortable place where you want to be and you’ll have an easier time studying and hopefully feel less homesick.