College Dorm Organizing
No matter what the size or layout of a dorm room organization is a must!
With small spaces, there’s no room for disorganization. Our organizing tips for dorm rooms and college students will help you plan for organization. As your student leaves their childhood bedroom empty, consider these options to prevent clutter from building up at home.
Tips to Organize Your College Dorm Room
If you are planning to visit home after the start of the school year, bring summer clothes home and take winter clothes back to college. Taking just the clothing suited to the current season will help save space.
Contact your roommate before arriving to avoid possible duplication of larger items such as a television, fridge, microwave, iron, ironing board, etc.- which take up a lot of space.
Bunk or loft your beds to create more living space. Bed risers also work great to maximize storage underneath your bed.
Increase your space by utilizing back of doors, inside closet doors and wall space. Most colleges don’t want their walls damaged by new holes so remember to bring lots of sticky tack and Command’s 3M line of wall adhesive hooks.
Late night snacks are inevitable at college. Ziploc bags and sealable containers go a long way. Keep all crackers, snacks, etc. in these to prevent ants or other bugs from invading your dorm room.
A plastic tote is a great way to store and carry items to and from the communal showers. This keeps all items in one place and prevents leaving items behind. Don’t forget a pair of flips flops for the showers and your robe!
With new friends and new experiences, comes much memorabilia. Think ahead and plan on one memorabilia box per school year. This limits all the paper and knick knacks you save- start off with a large shoe box, and if you must grow to a larger container, ok, but remember to limit it to one container.
Keeping track of classes, assignments, and campus events/dates seems daunting. Some colleges offer pocket calendars with preprinted campus dates. Definitely purchase one either from the college or a generic one from an office supplies store. After getting syllabuses from your professors, take time to enter in all assignment due dates.
Laptops are obviously a part of every students backpack in this generation but if paper is still being used by professors you want to keep the piles of paper to a minimum and contain the paper. Here are two ideas- create a labeled binder for each course which would contain pockets, sheet protectors, and blank paper. Three-hole punch incoming paper and add it to the corresponding course. OR get one 2 inch binder that will contain all courses. Separate the courses using labeled index dividers. Include blank paper and sheet protectors as well.
Christmas lights are a fun, yet cheap way to dress up and decorate a dorm room. Don’t forget a strand of two while packing, along with adhesive hooks to hang them.
Don’t Forget the essentials while organizing dorm rooms!
Here’s what to pack for college:
Dorm Room Closets
Over the Door Pocket Organizers
Hangers and Command Hooks
Over door Towel Racks
Mini Drying Rack
Pop Up Hamper
Desks in Dorm Rooms
Extension Cords and Surge Protectors
Desktop Organizers for Accessories
Set of Bed Lifts
Stackable Crates or Cubes (for books)
Under bed Storages Boxes