Organizing Your Dorm Room
As a college student, you have a lot of demands on your time, and one of the last priorities on your list might be cleaning and organizing your dorm room. Depending on how tidy you are, you might be okay with a bit of a mess, or you may need to pick things up every day in order to keep your sanity. At EZ Storage® in Detroit, we’ve helped plenty of college students find the self-storage they needed, and we always work hard to keep things safe and sound. In this post, we’ll look at some ways to organize your dorm room!
Loft Your Bed
Since most dorm rooms are limited on space, and you have to share that small space with another person, it’s important to take advantage of every square inch. One of the best ways to do this is to use the vertical space, namely by lofting your bed so that you can use the area underneath it. Most colleges and universities will provide the tools and hardware you need to loft your bed, and some may even do it for you upon request. Instead of a bed on the floor taking up room, or bunk beds that occupy even more space, you can put your desk, dresser, and other things in the area below your lofted bed.
Clean Up the Closet
Chances are you only have one closet in your dorm room, and it’s going to be used by both you and your roommate. The first thing to do when you move in is to have a discussion about who gets what side, and what the expectations are for the closet. If your roommate has a ton of clothes, and you have quite a bit less, you might be okay with sharing some of your side. Once you figure out how many hangers you need, use soda tabs to attach more hangers to those on the clothes rod, and you can hang up more items!
Optimizing Your Snacks
Every dorm room needs a robust variety of snacks, but you don’t want boxes of crackers and granola bars to be strewn about the room. If you have an over-the-door shoe organizer, hang it on your closet door and use the pockets to hold your snacks. Things in wrappers or plastic packages, such as nutrition bars or fruit snacks, will fit easily into the pockets, and you won’t have to store or stack these things elsewhere in your room.
Organizing Furniture and Appliances
We’ve already talked about lofting your bed, but what about the other furniture and appliances in your dorm room? Chances are you have two desks and two dressers, and putting those under the bed will give you more space in the middle of the room. Work with your roommate to decide on the best configuration for these pieces of furniture, and if you have an entertainment center, set it up so that it faces the middle of the room, where you can put your chairs or a small couch. Depending on where the door is, you’ll want to set up your furniture so that there’s a clear walkway to the closet and each bed area.
If you have appliances in your room, such as a compact refrigerator or microwave, find a nook or corner that has an accessible outlet. By putting the microwave on top of the fridge, you won’t have to take up more shelf space or another outlet that you need for your laptop or video game console.
At EZ Storage® in Detroit, we can help you find the storage you need for those items that won’t fit in your dorm room. If you’re going home for the summer and you need to store some furniture while you’re gone, you can find a unit that fits your needs. If there are items that you need to store during the school year, we always offer month-to-month leases, and you can split the cost with your roommate, should they need to store some belongings as well.
Stop by one of our locations today to learn more about our self-storage services. Our staff members and resident managers will gladly answer all of your questions and help you find the space that works for you.
We look forward to helping you!