5 Tips on Saving Space in Your Dorm Room

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Oh, dorm rooms, we have a love-hate relationship with you. On one hand, we’re super excited to get to live on campus, make new and likely lifelong friends, and have a place to call our own. On the other hand, we’d do anything to blow out a wall and double the size of that space.

 

Dorm rooms are often so small that it’s almost a rite of passage to live in cramped quarters. But these 5 tips on saving space almost instantly make your dorm room feel much bigger and less cluttered through creative organizing.

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  1. Cut Back on Off-Season Gear

One of the biggest mistakes freshman and new dorm-dwellers make is over packing for their first move-in day. Sure, you want to have every creature comfort you can think of. But ask yourself, do you really need that winter parka and heavy scarf in southern California? If you plan on traveling back home at least once per year, try this trick: Bring with you all of your past season clothes, shoes, and accessories. Then, when you’re ready to go back home, empty your suitcase and re-fill it with the next season’s items .You’ll save on closet and shoe space while also only having the items you really need.

  1. Take It Under the Bed

If you’re searching for an inconspicuous and often forgotten storage area, all you need to do is look down! The space under your bed can be the best place to store things. While you can probably fit a suitcase underneath your mattress, you might want to consider lofting your bed high enough so that you can add extra cabinets using storage cubes and containers. If you can’t loft, don’t worry. There are plenty of thin storage systems, like our Oversized Underbed Organizer, which are designed to fit neatly under a low bed.

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Our Underbed Storage units work perfectly to keep clutter at a minimum.

  1. DIY Your Paper Clutter

We love personalizing a dorm space using favorite pictures, concert tickets, posters, and artwork. But those important or stylish pieces of paper can sure add up fast and end up everywhere (or, worse, ruined). A creative way to organize without the hassle of framing is to create a photo display similar to a clothes line. Hang a sturdy string or wire or two the length of your wall and then use painted clothespins to attach the photo of you and your BFF or your first college paper. Best part is that when you get tired of one thing, you can easily take it down and replace it with a new favorite!

  1. Stack and Stack

We’ve already talked about getting under the bed, but what about above it? Stacking is just part of dorm life, especially when square footage is at a premium. Lofting your bed is just one of the ways you can add extra sitting areas or floor space to your dorm. You can also try stacking storage cubes and organizers or place lighter items on top of sturdy pieces such as a refrigerator. The less on the floor, the better the space looks!

  1. Build Secret Compartments

You don’t have to be James Bond or a villain with a fake bookshelf to hide items you don’t want to be seen! There are tons of great DIY projects out there that transform storage items, such as our Rhino Armor Trunk, into fashionable seating areas or bedside tables. And with hanging a Delux Bedside Caddy that tucks under your bedding, you can be sure that you’ll never lose your phone charger or have people staring at your bedtime items while visiting.

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Form and function unite for a practical way to store your stuff

Take the time to use some of these tips for your dorm. No matter if you’ve got close quarters, or space to really spread out, anyone can use more space for their belonging.

 

Dorm Room Closet Storage Options

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Finding ways to maximize the use of your living quarters’ limited space can prove to be quite a challenging. It may become all too tempting to simply stack random goods on top of one another, which can ultimately lead to ugly messes. Luckily, there are plenty of dorm essentials that will help you to stay organized and take full advantage of areas. The closet is a prime example of a storage unit you can further enhance.

  1. Hanging shelf organizer

This item is a terrific closet storage solution, as it strategically employs of the generous height of the cranny without consuming substantial horizontal space. You can use the hanging shelf organizer for clothing, towels, shoes, toiletries, and other goods. Be mindful of the intended use of the dangling shelves prior to making your purchase, as wider pockets can accommodate bulkier pieces but may be wasteful if used for smaller articles. Reversely, narrow organizers may be less accommodating than you’d prefer.

  1. Over the door hanger

If your closet has a door, use this nifty tool to sling towels, sweatshirts, belts, bathrobes, and even jewelry. Over the door hangers have five to six hooks and vary in size, so you are sure to find use for this item. Of course, this handy organizer is not limited to merely closet usage, as it can be very helpful in bathrooms.

  1. Multiple Tier Shirt Hanger

Hang six shirts neatly on one hanger with this fabulous space saver.  This dorm essential provides yet another option for utilizing the vertical space in your closet to keep it neat and organized.  Some of these hangers even have a convenient grip (made of gel or rubber) to prevent shirts from slipping off the hanger.  This space-saver will keep shirts off the closet floor and help you find a favorite shirt with ease.

  1. Multiple tier hanger for pants and skirts

How do you prevent professional pants and skirts from wrinkling? This dorm essential uses the concept of the multi-tiered shirt hanger, but is specifically meant for pants and skirts. These hangers also fold up, so packing them up and transporting them is quite convenient and takes up very little space. As you begin the process of attending interviews, you’ll be glad that you have the time-saving multiple tier hanger.

  1. Belt rack

This organizer suspends from your closet rod, and has multiple double-sided hooks that are fantastic for hanging belts, ties, and scarves. Some racks have up to 14 hooks, so you will never have to go fishing through drawers to find your favorite accessories.

  1. Over the door organizer

Rather than tossing your shoes on the closet floor or under your bed, keep them neatly organized and easily accessible with this over the door organizer. This item contains multiple pockets for storing shoes and hooks that allow it to hang right over the door without drilling holes. No more wasting time searching for that lost shoe, or leaving them on the floor for your roommate to trip over!

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Out of Sight Dorm Storage

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Storage that you can put aside is essential for staying organized in space that is shared between two people. Keeping your room tidy can become a slight hassle due to the amount of clothes thrown around just to find something suitable to wear to class.

Under Bed Garment Bags

When time comes to clean up, under bed storage bags are quite convenient. These storage bags have multiple spaces to store off season clothing, and the mesh cover is useful to protect garments from dander and moisture. The bags are easily accessible with handles attached, and can be stacked on top of each other if needed.

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Under Bed Shoe bags 

Rather than having your closet inundated with shoes, ranging from sandals to boots. Neatly store away shoes that are not being used with under bed shoe storage bags that fit up to 12 pairs of shoes. This storage takes advantage of the room underneath your bed while also being an inexpensive solution for those with limited space.

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Hanging Shelf Organizers 

With six shelves included, a hanging closet organizer is essential when it comes to dorm storage. The extra space is great for sweaters and t-shirts you might want to stash away, and the hanger attached makes it simple to put up in any closet space.

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Over the Door Rack

A place to stow your bath towel/robe may not be something you will think of until it is needed, and placing your towel over your closet door probably isn’t a great choice. Attach an over the door towel rack to create space for necessary bathroom items.

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Wire Cubes

Need more room to put away books and school supplies? Wire cubes are very practical for college dorm space, and can discreetly fit underneath or next to desk furniture.

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