Your first few weeks in college and your new college dorm life can be exciting, yet also stressful. New professors, new friends, and a new place to live can turn your world upside-down. Staying organized is the best and easiest way to cut down on those stress levels. Dorm rooms are notoriously small, with the average size being less than 225 square feet. That is a 15×15 room that you will likely be sharing with at least one other person. Here are a few creative ideas to keep your dorm room organized.
1 Sketch your room
It might sound grade school, but the first thing you should do is make a scale drawing of your room and the immobile contents. This can be done on graph paper that you can keep in your wallet or purse, or even digitally drawn on a tablet or phone and kept in the cloud for easy access everywhere. The advantage here is that you know how much room you really have when shopping for organizers or furniture.
2 Remember the purpose
Your dorm is your home away from home, but it is also your personal space to study and work. Posters of your favorite band may remind you of home, but it is also important to design a practical study zone. Use wall space efficiently by adding cork boards or white boards to help you remember your class schedules and test dates, or even keep a countdown until the days until you can return home to see family!
3 Think on three dimensions
Since horizontal space is limited, think up and think under. Bed risers can release an additional 20 cubic feet of space. Instead of just barely being able to cram a shoebox under your bed, you can fit up to 10 milk crate style organizers under your bed. That’s a lot of space to store those extra shoes, sports equipment, and towels, and extra sheets. Make use of desk cubbies to store writing tablets and keep homework projects organized and off your desk.
4 Keep it clean
Communal showers mean lugging your stuff to the shower room and back. Make your life easier by keeping your bath gear in a single tote. There are a variety of carry-alls on the market, ranging from simple buckets to multi-drawer organizers. If you’re looking for something masculine, try a fishing tackle box! Remember, shower areas tend to be steamy and wet, your choice of toiletry organizer should be made in such a way that it allows air to circulate.
Your comfort at college may have a great deal to do with your success. Staying organized will help you with both comfort and staying focused on the classwork. Students may spend as much as 14 hours a day in their dorms between sleeping and studying. Make the best use of your space to cut the clutter and give yourself the best shot at success!