Living away from home for the first time can be scary. What’s even scarier is thinking about all the stuff you need to get through the year. Unfortunately for you, all that stuff may not fit neatly in your new shoebox sized dorm room. Here are some tips and tricks to help you find unconventional storage space and to stay organize throughout the year.
1. Get rid of what you don’t need
The best way to stay on top of mess is to routinely get rid of things you don’t need anymore, especially when it comes to clothes. While packing for school, think about the last time you wore that shirt/pant/sweater or used that metallic gel pen. If you haven’t wore/used it in six months, it’s time to donate it or throw it out. Don’t worry about going to school without enough stuff — you’ll find yourself buying what you really need over time. Is there something you don’t need anymore, like summer clothes? Pack it up for the next time you go home. Trust me, at the end of the year, you’ll be surprised at all the stuff you’ve managed to accumulate.
2. Maximize your small space
Let’s face it: dorm rooms are not as big as the ones on TV. They get even smaller when you have a roommate to share the space with. The best way to stay tidy is to use every nook and cranny you can find. Take your bed for example. You can easily find a slim plastic storage box to slide under there. Use it to store linens, extra paper, non-seasonal clothes to bring back home, etc. If there isn’t enough space between your bed and the floor, look for bed risers to create that space.
3. Wall space is also valuable storage space
While most dorms won’t let you poke holes in their walls to hang things up, you can always use those super strong adhesives to attach hooks to your walls. Use them to hang your jacket, purses and book bags.
You can also use those adhesive strips to hang your very own magnetic make-up board. It’s perfect when drawer space is hard to come by and let’s you easily find whatever make-up tool you’re looking for.
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Knitted Frog Slippers, $8 , Forever 21
Make sure to bring cozy slippers for late night or early runs to the common area. These adorable knit slippers from Forever 21 are comfortable and will keep your roommates smiling.
Lavender Satchels, $6, Etsy
These lavender satchels will keep your room smelling fresh and clean. Keep them near your laundry hamper during heavy study weeks so your room won’t smell stale. These ones include natural essential oils and will ward off moths.
Wonder Woman Pillow, $30, Etsy
You’ll score extra points with this knit Wonder Woman pillow. It’s geek chic. If anyone comes into your room and doesn’t like it, be wary.