1. If you know ahead of time who you are going to be sharing your college dorm room with, talk with your future roommate in advance to avoid duplication of larger items such as furniture, a television, microwave etc. You could also discuss decorating, and come up with a style or theme together so that your décor style doesn't clash with what your roommate brings to the room.
2. Since most dorm rooms are short on storage space, It is worth the money to purchase bed risers and under the bed storage bins to utilize the empty space underneath your bed. Using every nook and cranny of space is essential if you you want to keep your dorm room organized and clutter free.
3. Bring only your summer and fall clothes to college until cooler weather arrives. Take your summer clothes home with you and bring back your winter clothing as the weather changes. You will free up much needed space in your closet if you only store the clothing suited for the current season.
4. Take advantage of the many handy organizing products available. Over the door pocket organizers, are great for extra closet and bathroom storage. Stackable storage cubes can be utilized not only to give you extra storage space, but can also double as inexpensive night stands or end tables. 3M command hooks are handy for hanging purses, coats, robes etc., and they can be placed anywhere without causing damage to the wall.
5. Visit the following website to print off a checklist of recommended necessities to bring along with you to your college dorm room: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/making-a-decision/off-to-college-checklist. Knowing what to bring will not only ensure that nothing essential is left behind, but will help you to avoid bringing items that you don’t need, that ultimately end up cluttering up your small space.
Written By: Laura Coufal
Clean & Clutter Free
Laura is the Owner of Clean & Clutter Free, professional organizing services.