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It's no secret that dorm rooms are small. So, how are students expected to utilize the little amount of space they are given efficiently? Well, there are plenty of ways to keep your room organized and reduce the clutter of the dorm.

Communicate with your roommate

It is always a good idea to contact your roommate(s) as soon as possible. This way, you can begin to get things organized before you even plan your move and purchase or pack unnecessary items. This is the first and most important step to minimizing the clutter in your dorm room. Communicate with your roommate to make sure your room doesn't end up with two mini fridges, two microwaves and two television sets on move-in day. It is essential to stay on the same page as the person or people you will be living with on campus.

Use space wisely

As you already know, dorms can get tight on space. So, it is extremely important to use whatever space you have effectively. This way, you and your roommate will enjoy comfortable living quarters for the entire semester or school year.
  • Use your walls. Hang lighter items from the walls to save floor and shelf space. This can mean anything from a shoe rack to a towel rack to a whiteboard.
  • Store items under your bed. Use the space underneath your bed to store plastic containers or other flat items. It's wasted space anyway, so be sure to take advantage of every inch.
  • Organize your drawers. Arrange your belongings in your dresser and desk drawers in a way that makes sense for you. While unpacking, keep in mind that you can combine items and consolidate them into one drawer. This will help reduce clutter and stress.
  • Stack to save space. Stack plastic containers. Stack books or papers, or even food in the fridge. You can also stack your beds if possible. Bunking yours and your roommate's bed can avoid a whole lot of clutter and make more room for activities.

Items you'll need

To maximize efficiency in your dorm room, you'll need certain items to help organize everything. For example, you can use sticky tack or adhesive wall hooks to hang things from your walls without damaging them. Also, you should use clothing hangers to store your nicer outfits in the closet, but you should fold the rest of your wardrobe. Closet space is a luxury. Here are some other examples:
  • Plastic storage bins (preferably stackable)
  • Over-the-door towel racks
  • Small basket for bathroom items
  • Zipper-lock bags and airtight plastic containers for food
You can use plastic storage bins for extra clothes or possessions, and they should fit perfectly in your closet or underneath your bed. Another essential item is a basket or plastic tote to carry your shower and bathroom items. This is especially important if your dorm features communal showers.

Reduce clutter

Now that you know several different ways to maximize the efficiency of your dorm, you can take the necessary precautions to reduce clutter. This tips will undoubtedly make campus life better for you and your roommate(s), minimizing the stress almost every university student faces when unpacking and organizing their dorm rooms. Good luck!

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on November 7, 2014

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