Organize Your Dorm Room
Tips for setting up your dorm room and keeping it organized!
Cutting the college chaos makes it much easier to focus on your studies. More importantly being organized is empowering and it gives a person control over their own space.
Access the structure and furniture in the Dorm Room
Most dorm rooms are really small and they come with fixed pieces of furniture like built-in desks and closets. Look at these elements and decide if they best suit your needs and the needs of your room mate. Sometimes adding a simple loft bed can really create a lot of space. Discuss any furniture changes and the universities policy with the resident RA before changing anything.
Inventive Storage Spaces
Under the bed storage offers up enormous amounts of storage space. Pre-made rolling storage boxes complete with lids can be purchased to are designed to fit underneath beds. Cardboard boxes, topped plastic detergent bottles and used plastic containers in all sizes and shapes can also be used to create free under-bed storage containers. When storing things under the bed it is important to be able to cover the items. Dust and dirt naturally finds its way under the bed and it can get uncommonly disgusting very quickly unless objects are placed in covered containers. Other under- utilized college dorm room storage areas include under the deal, behind the door and above the closet. Under the desk there is usually room enough to stack 4-5 shoeboxes or place a shallow set of shelves. Shelving is also easily added on the top of the closet if this space is left vacant. Both the closet door and the main door to the room can be fitted with hooks or over the door storage bags. These are great places to put coats, robes for the bathroom and hanging shoe racks.
Most dorms require students to share bathrooms. Rather than grabbing things one at a time invest in a bathroom caddy that will fit all the necessary bathroom supplies. Get in the habit of keeping everything used in the bathroom in the caddy. During rushed mornings the caddy saves a ton of time. In addition, because the caddy usually holds the same items it is really easy to determine when it is time to purchase new soap or shampoo.
Two Quick Grab and Go Study Bags
Similar to the bathroom caddy, two study bags are a great way to save time and stay organized. Backpacks are the easiest for traveling long distances on foot. Having both a small one and a larger one is ideal. Fill the bags with all the essential study supplies such as pens and USB drives. Then examine the class schedule and see when it will be possible to use the smaller bag. Get in the habit of returning items back to the bags after tasks are completed. Like the bath caddy, when items have a semi-permanent home they are easier to live with. This one simple organizational trick can save hours every week looking for things.
Organize and Store Food in One Place in the Dorm Room
It is tempting to store food items wherever there is any spare shelf space. Don’t go there. Food items are often perishable and eating old food can make you sick. In addition, miscellaneous food items can easily attract bugs and critters and this is the last thing any student wants to live with in a dorm room. Lastly, storing food in one location saves time. Food utensils require regular cleaning. A large tea tray or a shallow bucket makes taking utensils down the hall for clean up a breeze.
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