6 Foolproof Organization Tips Any College Student Can Handle
Whether moving into your freshman dorm or an apartment off campus, these tips will help maximize your square footage and keep your space neat throughout the semester.
Pick Products With Sneaky Storage
In the (likely) case of a small dorm room, search for items that have some extra storage. These twin XL sheets, for instance, come complete with small pouches on both sides in which you can stash your remote, bedtime reads, and more—really anything you might leave on a nightstand if you had the room.
To buy: Room Essentials Sheet Set with Storage Pocket, from $15, target.com.
Customize Your Closet Space
Don’t settle for the space just as it’s handed over to you. There are simple changes you can make to optimize every bit of space and tailor it to your needs. Have lots of clothes? Attach an additional hanging bar from the existing closet rod to double the amount of hanging space. Or if shoes are the issue, a cubby will keep them organized and at the ready (rather than in a giant pile).
To buy: Doublet Adjustable Closet Rod Expander by Umbra, $20, containerstore.com. ClosetMaid 25 White Laminate Storage Cubes, $50, lowes.com.
Get Stuff off the Ground
The key to keeping a small space neat is to keep the floor clear. Make the most of walls by using hooks to hold totes, backpacks, jackets, and gym bags. Since you probably won’t be allowed to put any holes in the walls, use strong adhesive hooks that can handle the weight.
To buy: Command Large Tradition Hook, $7, staples.com.
Keep Items Mobile
Whether it’s hair tools, pantry items, books, or linens, keep them stashed on a wheeled cart for both easy access and maneuverability. A tiered option allows you to make use of vertical space while the wheels let you to push it wherever is most convenient.
To buy: Raskog Utility Cart, $30, ikea.com.
Choose Double-Duty Pieces
If there’s room at the end of the bed, opt for a storage bench that doubles as seating for friends who come to visit. Use it to hide off-season items, duffel bags, or even shoes (if you have any extra ones that don't fit in your shoe cubby).
To buy: Navy Box Bench, $75, poppin.com.
Stick to a Color Scheme
Keep your desk clean and organized with a set of matching desk accessories. These neon pieces will give all of your school supplies a home of their own, while adding a bit of brightness to your small space.
To buy: Poppin Accessory Tray, from $10, containerstore.com.