Dorm life is a be all end all to college students. It's where they study, eat, and have fun. It's where they meet new long-term friends and partners. It's where they experience living alone and having to take care of themselves. All and all, dorm life is a scary but also a fun time for every student.
I remember going off to college, nervous and realizing that I didn't know anyone. Everything was different from high school and my structured day. I now had to be more responsible and organized to get everything done.
Here are some of my most helpful organizing essentials for dorm life. These items helped me make my college experience an organized and fun time.
Organizing Essential #1 ~ Laptop Lock: Of course, security is important in a dorm room. This laptop lock can be wrapped around the heavy college desks so no one can easily come into your room and take your laptop. Tip: Be sure that combination is mixed after disconnecting it so people can't see what the unlock combination is.
Organizing Essential #2 ~ Alarm Clock: A physical alarm clock works best. I prefer to use the phone alarm as a backup to the physical alarm clock to make sure I am up when I need to be. Look for an alarm clock that isn't too bright at night time. No one likes a bright light shining in their face while they are sleeping.
Organizing Essential #3 ~ A portable filing bin: This is where all important papers that needed to be brought back and forth should go. Papers for college registration, work papers, and documents are just some examples. Pick a bin with a lid that locks will keep them from falling out and getting lost.
Organizing Essential #4 ~ Under the bed organization: Storing items under the bed is a great space saver. Measure the height from the floor to the bottom rail under the mattress and then go shopping for under the bed risers (to bring up the bed if it pretty low) or look for something the height of the opening. Items that can be stored under the bed are shoes, papers, clothing, sweaters, and winter clothes. Pick under the bed storage bins with a zipper lid to protect your stuff from dust or critters.
Organizing Essential #5 ~ Over-the-door storage: If there is a standard door, an over-the-door storage unit works best. It has many compartments that are small enough to keep all the small items organized in a door room. Some items to store in them are beauty supplies, hair supplies, shoes, school supplies, and snacks.
Organizing Essential #6 ~ Supplies on the go: Having a school supply carrying case works great for any student on the go. It can easily use it in the dorm and zipped up and taken to class or even home for the weekend.
Organizing Essential #7 ~ Shower Caddy: A shower caddy helps especially when there is a shared bathroom. Pick one with lots of compartments for different cleaning items. The more compartments the better I always say. Pick one with a handle to really make it easy to move around and carry.
Organizing Essential #8 ~ Bedside caddy: Depending on the size of the dorm room, not all may have a nightstand to hold stuff in so buying an item that attaches to a bed frame works great. Before buying an item like this, check out the room and see what frame you have on the bed. Not all beds have a headboard or footboard.
Well, that's it! If you are looking for a packing checklist, check out my FREE 3-page checklist for dorm organizing I wrote previously.
I hope this helps make dorm life a lot easier to manage. What is your favorite organizing essentials you had in your dorm room? Please leave a comment below.
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