Get these 15 not-so-obvious ideas for dorm organization! There are a lot of smart suggestions for space saving dorm storage here.
It’s been 20 years since I started college – I can’t believe it! I don’t feel that old, and I guess it was awhile ago . . . but let’s face it, some things haven’t changed. One of the big things that has stayed the same is dorm living!
Dorm Room Organization
If you or someone you know is preparing for dorm life, you’re going to run into the same things that I did 20 years ago: a small room with NO storage! When you don’t have much space to put your stuff, you have to get creative with your dorm organization.
Did you know that the average size of a dorm room is 130 square feet? I had NO idea. It seemed a lot bigger when I was 18-years old! We’re talking NYC apartment sizes . . . and that doesn’t offer a lot of dorm storage. I’m about to give you some good options though.
There are a lot of choices for dorm room organization products and solutions, and I wanted to share 15 with you that are not-so-obvious. You may have thought of some of these, but others might be new to you. While planning a dorm layout, consider these to add more space and storage to the room!
Dorm Organization Ideas
This over-the-bed shelving is super-smart dorm storage! You’ve got room for books, a stereo, a clock, boxes, a light . . . and you can hang things from it. I’d do all of this, and I’d add Christmas lights to make it fun (because you don’t really live in a dorm until you’ve added the Christmas lights, right?).
I’m not sure if we had these bedside pockets when I went to college, but they are brilliant. I’d even use one now! Great especially if you don’t have a bedside table . . . or if you like to study in bed (guilty).
This is one of my favorite dorm storage options – and one of the most inexpensive. A storage ottoman can be a comfortable place to sit and to put your feet. And tons of stuff can be kept inside. This particular ottoman comes in a ton of cool (and bright) colors.
I have a shortage of power outlets wherever I go! The same is true for a dorm room, so I offer you this unique dorm organization solution: bed lifts. Lift up your bed for more storage underneath while at the same time providing additional power outlets and even USB ports for the room. SO cool!
It’s a chair – it’s an organizer – it’s both! The seat lifts off of this storage chair and you can put stuff inside. I absolutely love it (plus it comes in a few cool colors).
Laundry baskets can take up a lot of precious room on the floor. This hamper is perfect for over the door. . . AND it also slings over your back for carrying to the laundry room. It’s pretty smart! Great for the back of the bathroom door.
This is dorm organization for the girls more than likely – but hey, I know guys with a lot of shoes too! A shoe organizer that goes under the bed is so important if you have a huge collection of footwear as I do. Great for dress shoes and stuff that won’t be worn that often!
Did you end up with a dorm closet with only one bar across the top? Good news – you can make it a double decker closet with this hanging adjustable closet rod. Set it up quickly and remove it when you leave.
With so many electronics that college students have “these days” (I’m making myself sound old), it’s nice to have once place to keep all those devices and cords. This cable organizer is perfect for all of it and can hold so much. It’s a perfect dorm organization solution that keeps kids from losing all their cords and having to buy new (and a lot of the cords aren’t cheap!).
In a lot of dorms you can’t put holes in the walls, and desk or tabletop space is at a premium – these unique jewelry hangers can be put in the closet! I think I need one for my own closet. Oh, and notice the shelf on top that stores more items.
Okay, I wish this dorm storage cabinet had been available when I was going to school – it’s pretty amazing. It’s got a place for the fridge, the microwave . . . with tons of storage space above. I love it! PS – there are some wire rack options that do something similar here.
When space is at a premium, you need to use every square inch. I actually utilize over the door hooks in my home and think they are perfect for dorm rooms as well. I recommend one with multiple hooks for everything from clothing to bags.
13. Rolling Cart
I actually use two of these in my studio for various craft supplies – and I can see so many applications in a dorm. Especially in the bathroom! This is an IKEA Raskog cart, but there are all different types and colors available.
What I love about doorknob organizers is that they are the last thing you see before you walk out the door! You don’t forget to take important things . . . which is great for an 18 year old living on their own for the first time. Or for forgetful older folks like myself. . . .
Put this bad boy on the back of your desk chair! An Aussie chair pocket gives you additional storage for all sorts of scholarly goodies – books, pens, a calculator, etc.
What do you think about these dorm organization ideas? I’d love to hear about your favorite dorm storage products that I might have missed the comments!
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