It’s that time of year when high school seniors are starting to make their college choices and, with that momentous decision out of the way students and their families will begin turning their attention to shopping for new school supplies, especially for the dorm room that the student will soon be spending more than a little time in.
As we all know, most dorm rooms are tiny and most freshman do have to share their space with at least one roommate. The potential is certainly there for complete disorganized chaos, but it does not have to be that way. With a little planning and some strategic purchases, you or your student will have everything they need to create a functional and cozy home-away-from-home! Here are some helpful dorm room organization tips and ideas to get you started:
Make Use of Vertical Storage
Over the door shoe racks are an efficient and inexpensive way to get your shoes off the floor but they can do so much more. They are perfect for storing gloves, small toiletries, makeup palettes, pens, pencils, gadget chargers and more. If you are willing to spend a little more (but not too much) an over the door shelving system can offer even more.
Make Command Products Your New Best Friends
Most dorms do have a rule that no nails or push pins can be used on the walls, which leaves some students feeling like they are doomed to stare at four blanks walls for the year. But thanks to Command Products (as offered by by 3M) you can actually secure all kinds of things to the walls as they are strong, but easily removable and won’t leave marks.
You can make use of Command hooks to hang coats, towels, dressing gowns and, if you purchase the heavy duty versions, even backpacks and purses. Command Poster Strips are a great way to add some color and interest to the walls without breaking the rules.
Make Full Use of Underbed Storage
Most college dorm beds are raised of the ground to a certain degree at least, offering you a great spot to store ‘stuff’ but that storage will only be helpful if it’s organized from the start. One way to do that is purchase a number of clear plastic storage containers and pack them in an organized – and labelled – manner before you leave.
There are some excellent choices available, some of which even act as drawers that should fit easily under most standard college beds (they all do tend to buy pretty much the same ones)
Organize Your Bathroom Routine
Whether you are sharing a bathroom with the entire floor or just with a handful of roommates keeping everything you need for the bathroom in an easy to store, easy to carry shower caddy will not only help you keep your room neater but also help ensure you can make a quick getaway to the bathroom on those days when you find yourself pressed for time.
Keep Those Cords Organized
Trailing charger cords from all of your electronics – and you probably have a lot of them – can disorganized and messy quickly in a small space. The answer? Attach binder clips to the back or side of your desk, then thread the cords through the loop to keep them accessible and organized.
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