How to Organize Your Dorm Room Right the First Time

Barbara Reich formed Resourceful Consultants, LLC in 1999. She and her husband live in Manhattan with their twins. Barbara has appeared on the Today show and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, and Real Simple, among other publications.

College Students In The DormitoryOrganizing a dorm room is like doing a puzzle. It’s a small space, but used correctly, you can have get everything in and still be functional. Here are my tips on how to complete this puzzle and have a successful school year.

1. Whether running to class or coming home late, college students always seem to be in a rush. Put a hook right by the door for your keys so it’s one less thing you have to search for in a hurry.

2. With square footage so tight, maximizing your storage space is crucial. Bed risers are a great way to create that extra space, perfect for plastic storage bins or suitcases.

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3. Organize your closet space seasonally. Store winter clothes in your luggage or at your parents’ house during the warm months, and switch them as the temperature begins to drop.

4. Hooks are essential to hang up towels, purses, and jackets since closet space is often limited. Hooks can be placed on the dorm room door, closet door, or wall—any inch of space that isn’t already in use.

5. Winter accessories should be kept together. Place gloves, scarves and hats in a bin near the door to grab on the way out and toss back in upon returning.

6. Use a bedside storage caddy if the dorm room lacks a nightstand. This keeps glasses, a cell phone, pens and a notebook in reach when half asleep.

7. Keep late-night snacks in an airtight plastic bin high up to keep from attracting bugs and rodents.

8. Make your own “Desk Drawer”: Fill a small clear bin or organizing tray with scissors, tape, white-out, paper clips, rubber bands, post-it notes, and extra printer ink. This will prevent a 3AM anxiety attack when a paper is due in the morning!

9. Don’t make extra work for yourself. If space permits, two laundry bags to separate whites and darks throughout the week will not only be the perfect time saver but also start first timers in a great habit from the get-go.

10. There is no room for hoarding in a dorm. Whether you sell or pass on to a friend, purging your room of old textbooks is key to dorm room success.

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