Chic Ideas for Organizing your Dorm Room

My goddaughter, Emma, is among the thousands of students packing up and heading to college. She’s trading her parent’s home for a dorm room the size of a closet. So how do you fit all that stuff into 250 square feet? Here are a few stylish space saving and helpful tips to kickstart your dorm room organization.

Look for hidden storage
Maximize the vertical space under the bed. Take advantage of every inch by using wicker bins like these from The Company Store or this plastic container on rollers from Target.


Plastic container for dorm room storage

Use bed risers to give you some extra height. Be sure and get a bed skirt to cover it! (Bed Bath & Beyond)

Bed risers create extra storage space under the bed

Bedside caddies can store all kinds of stuff. And the back of the closet door can be used to hang shoes or anything else you want to stuff in the pouches

Supply caddy attached to the foot of a bed for convenience and space Door-hung shoe rack

And isn’t this super cute! An ottoman for extra seating and hidden storage. You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and on line at One Kings Lane.

One Kings Lane ottoman with storage compartment

Bring only what you need

Bring clothes for the current season and have your parents ship next season’s later. Use huggable slim velvet hangers to save hanging space.

Clothing rack

 

Find a good caddy for your cosmetics and toiletries. It can serve as storage and a tote to the shower. This one is from Swoozies.

Storage caddy and shower tote from Swoozies

Work with your roommate ahead of time.

Good dorm room organization is a joint effort. Split things that you could share with your new roomie such as a printer or a mini fridge. This stand from The Container Store works great and has extra storage underneath for snacks and silverware.

Strong storage rack holding a mini-fridge and supplies

Make your bed every day. Keep the space organized and the desk clear of stuff. Living clutter free will make the space look and feel bigger than it is.