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College is an exciting time for any young adult, but getting organized in the limited, shared space of a dorm room can be challenging. Use these tips to stay organized in your dorm this semester.
Agree with your roommates on how to use the space. Designate areas for sleeping, eating, studying and hanging out, and organize the room accordingly as you’re moving in. With a little planning and cooperation, even the smallest spaces can be fun and functional.
Getting the right gear to keep you dorm clutter in check will also keep your dorm in top shape. The following items will help you stay organized all year:
Wall and Door Hooks
Hang an item on the wall or behind a door. One of the most common clutter problems in a college dorm room is a cluttered floor. Store belts, bags, coats, towels or whatever else you can on hooks. Even if you aren’t allowed to affix hooks permanently to your walls, you can find removable options.
If you decide against lofting the bed in your dorm room, consider using bed risers to make your bed taller. Risers usually lift the bed 6 inches to create more room for storage under the bed. You’ll appreciate being able to store larger, plastic storage totes in this space.
Storage Totes and Baskets
Totes and baskets will be your new best friend in your dorm. From stashing unused textbooks to storing next season’s wardrobe, these convenient storage solutions will keep your floors and closets from becoming cluttered.
Trunks and Lockboxes
A locking trunk or lockbox is a great option for storing valuables. Keep jewelry and electronics secure by locking them away when you’re not in your dorm room. Larger trunks can also double as a coffee table.
A good hamper is crucial to keeping piles of clothes off the floor. The best option is one that allows you to sort your laundry as you go, separating colors from whites. These will save you time and energy on laundry day.
From kitchen goods to storage tubs, labels are helpful in limited, shared spaces to make sure it’s clear what’s yours and what belongs to your roommate. Labeling storage tubs will save you time when you’re looking for a particular item. And labeling food and kitchen accessories will make it clear to all roommates what is and isn’t for sharing.
Bookshelves will be extremely helpful in allowing you to organize school supplies, textbooks and more. Store office supplies and other small items in plastic totes or cloth baskets on your shelves to eliminate desk clutter.
Keep your desk clear of clutter by using office organizers to stay tidy. As long as all office supplies have a set place, you’ll be more likely to put your items away after using them. Try to keep electronic cords in check. Clear old papers away every few days to prevent accumulation.
As you organize, take stock of what you really use. If you haven’t used an item in 12 months or more, it’s time to put it in the trash or donation bin. Space is at a premium in your dorm room, so there’s no room to waste on clothes, books and other items that you’re not using.
Get your shoes off the floor, and maximize your use of space by using an over-the-door or a hanging closet shoe organizer. The floor space in your closet will likely be too small to store an extensive shoe collection, and clearing out your shoes with an organizer will allow you to store other items, like books or baskets full of belts and accessories.