Heading off to college is a time of major change. You’re faced with a new environment, new people, and new living arrangements — including, for many, sharing a room for the first time (often with a stranger!). One of the biggest surprises might be how tiny dorm rooms are, with barely enough room for one person, much less two. That’s why your college packing list for dorm essentials should include dorm space savers. Here are six creative ideas to consider.
1. Raise the Bed
Many colleges offer the option to “loft” your bed or raise it a few feet off the ground. This gives you room for space savers, such as storage containers or a bookcase where you can stow your college dorm essentials. If a bookcase seems unnecessary because you won’t be storing many “books,” remember that anything can go on the shelves of a bookcase, from special framed memories to school supplies or even your college backpack.
There’s only so much floor space, but there can be a lot of wall space. So, while you’ll want to show your style and put your favorite posters or other wall art on your packing list, you should also use that space for dorm storage. Consider a skinny shelving unit to hold everything from electronics to grooming supplies and a mounted wire shower caddy to corral your college school supplies.
3. Use the Tops of Furniture Wisely
Most dorms come with a desk and/or bureau, and those flat services can easily become a catch-all for any number of things you just set down. Try to avoid the urge to create unwieldy piles by getting a desk organizer. To keep things organized, planners and notebooks can be used to jot down important tasks, limiting the amount of paperwork you need to keep on your desk.
When you’re unpacking all your college dorm essentials — and let’s face it, feeling eager to head down the hall and meet your neighbors — you might be tempted just to toss things in your closet willy-nilly. But approaching your closet space thoughtfully will pay dividends down the road. Consider getting creative with your closet organization, using things like an over-door organizer or laundry organizer.
Your suitcase, that is. Once you’ve taken out your clothes and your other college dorm essentials, you can repack it with things you won’t need as often, like out-of-season coats and boots or extra towels. The luggage can then be stowed under your bed or on the floor of your closet, so it’s out of sight but easily accessible.
6. Follow the Rules
This relates to saving space in your dorm only because you don’t want to have a problem when you’re ready to move out. Before putting up any dorm storage supplies on your college packing list, it’s smart to read the school’s policy about hanging things or decorating your room. To be on the safe side, almost every college school supply list should include damage-free hanging strips that will make moving your storage items a breeze at the end of the school year.
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