College is one of the most exciting times of your life, filled with opportunities for growth, incredible experiences, and for many people the discovery of what they want to do with the rest of their lives. There’s a lot on your plate, and dorm room organization probably takes up the lowest spot on the list of what’s important in any given week. It’s hard to find fault in that, unless the floor of your room has now disappeared under a thick layer of clothing, books and take out food containers. Yet even clean freaks need some help getting organized. Dorm rooms are almost always cramped, and you usually have a roommate. That’s twice the amount of clutter to deal with. So try out these five dorm room storage solutions to reclaim your room today.
If you have the ability, consider elevating your bed and putting storage underneath. You’ll have to live with a bunk bed, but most dorms come laid out in that situation already. Simply ask the housing commission to remove the bottom bunk for a single on the other side of the room. Your bed will now be up on a metal frame, with empty space underneath. This is the perfect spot to place a second dresser, a trunk or other storage piece. Some people choose to place their desk in this space and free up a bit more floor in the rest of the room. Whichever way you take it, you’re sure to enjoy your vertical lifestyle.
If bunk bed life isn’t for you, go the other direction and take advantage of that space under your bed. It’s usually only six or eight inches of height, but you definitely don’t want that space to go to waste. Pick up two or three slim plastic bins with covers. Some come with wheels, but depending on what you store there you might not need them at all. These are fantastic for storing books, personal items from home you don’t want out on display or seasonal clothing you aren’t using.
Now it’s time to head to the closet. Do you just have a single, long bar as your hanging organization here? For less than $50 you can get everything you need to install another, lower hanging bar and double your storage space. Most of your clothing probably doesn’t trail all the way to the floor. Shirts and pants often leave a ton of unused space below them. With a second bar you’ll be able to fit all of your clothing without issue.
If you don’t want to go with the second bar, get yourself a vacuum sealer storage system instead. This is a great way to shrink down your clothes when you won’t be using them for a while. It’s a simple set of plastic bags that can be impacted by heat. Neatly fold up the clothing inside the bag, then close it up. The vacuum system sucks all of the air out of the bag and seals the entrance. You’ll basically be able to store five times the amount of clothing as you would otherwise.
Finally, don’t forget about furniture that doubles as storage. This can take a wide number of forms, from a desk that folds up to a trunk that doubles as seating to a couch with a cubby in the arm. Some desks actually have the seat built into it, so you can slide it fully out of the way when not in use. If you’ve set up a seating area where you study tirelessly for those case western degrees, make sure your ottoman or coffee table has drawers and built-in storage as well. They may cost a slight bit more, but you’ll take them with you to your first apartment, where the extra space will be even more important.