5 Dorm Room Must-Haves

If you live in dorm room, you don’t have a lot of space to work with. Luckily, there are a few ways to make the most of your limited space.

Bring these items to keep your room functional and organized:

1. Bulletin Boards

As a freshman, you’ll probably collect all kinds of fliers and pamphlets about events going on around campus. Instead of putting everything in a drawer, buy a large bulletin board and hang up everything you want to remember. A calendar wouldn’t hurt, either.

2. Canvas shelves

If you don’t have a lot of shelf or drawer space, you can buy canvas shelves to hang in your closet. They are basically collapsible shelves that you hang in your closet by attach to the hanger rod. I have two – one for folded clothes and one for shoes. It takes up less room than hanging every shirt on a hanger and keeps your closet organized.

3. Bins

You’ll need a place to keep things when you aren’t using them: for example, spare towels and sheets. Buy a few wide, shallow plastic bins and stash your extra sets in them (I like to put dryer sheets in the bins to keep my sheets fresh). You can also store items that you’ll only need a couple of times throughout the semester – for example, formal wear.

4. Bed risers

An excellent way to save space and de-clutter is to put things under your bed. And the more room you have under there, the better for storage purposes. My freshman year, I bought bed risers that boosted by bed up six or so inches. (Bed risers are basically small platforms that you put under each leg of your bed). This will give you extra room to stack bins and maximize your space.

5. Drawers

Most dorm rooms don’t have a ton of storage space, so you’ll have to bring your own. I have two sets of drawer bins: one in my closet and one under my desk. To keep my desk uncluttered, I put knick-knacks, loose papers and notebooks that I’m not using in the drawers.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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