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Whether your kid attends a big university or a smaller college, the chances are that they will be living in a dorm room with a tiny closet. A reach-in closet with a single bar and, if they’re lucky, a shelf is typical of a dorm room closet. Fortunately, I have plenty of college dorm organizing ideas and advice to help you make the most of every square inch of that space. Here are just some of them.

Double Up on Hanging Space

Given that your child probably won’t have the room to set up an ironing station (or even have the time or inclination to iron anyway) hanging prone to wrinkles clothing is a must. However, one look at that tiny closet, and it’s lone hanging rail, and it’s easy to assume most of their clothes will need to be folded and stacked (more on that in a moment) or taken back home.

There are however some easy ways to double, or even triple the available hanging space in the average dorm closet. The first is to make use of a rod doubler. It installs in minutes and simply hangs a second clothing rod under the existing rod, making use of wasted vertical space. Essentially, it adds a second hanging bar without the needs for the nails and screws that the college almost certainly bans students form using anyway.

The second option to hang more stuff in that little closet is to buy space-saving hangers. There are a number of different options, but those that ‘drop down’ and can accommodate several pairs of jeans/skirts/pants at once are particularly useful.

If your kid is lucky enough to have a wider dorm closet, you may even be able to fit in a hanging sweater organizer that will provide easily visible hanging storage for sweaters, t-shirts, underwear, workout gear and maybe even light shoes like yoga shoes and flip-flops.

Add Some Extra Drawers

Don’t let the space under hanging clothes go to waste! Adding a drawer unit or stacking storage drawers on the floor of a dorm closet will go a long way to making the most of it. Store everything from undies and nightshirts to workout gear, socks, leggings and t-shirts.

To help them stay organized, and be able to find what they are looking for when rushing to class, clear plastic drawers are often the best choice, especially as decor issues won’t be a problem once the closet door is closed.

Contain All Those Shoes

The issue of what to do with shoes and sneakers is the next major stumbling block. There are a few options available to you (or if they have lots of shoes you may want to use multiple solutions). On the closet floor, shoe organizers and cubbies that stack work well. Drop-front boxes or shoe drawers can also be stacked on a shelf. The use of an over-the-door organizer is always a brilliant option too. Alternatively, as previously suggested, you can hang an organizer from the closet rod.

Add a Temporary Modular Closet

If your kid sees their dorm room closet and, even when utilizing ll the tricks I’ve mentioned here, won’t have room to hang everything – this may be especially true of heavier coats and jackets, you could, if there is space in the room, add a temporary modular cube closet. These changeable cube based closets are relatively inexpensive and pretty simple to assemble, and while they are not as sturdy as a standard closet they will help a lot, and some options are very attractive as well!

Need help getting your child organized for back to school? Or implementing new organizing systems at home to make getting kids back to school easier? We can help! Book a free 15-minute Zoom consultation here and let’s talk about how Just Organized By Taya can help you!

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