As much fun and excitement as there is in the college experience, there is always a sense of anxiety when it comes to moving into the dorm room. It is no easy task packing up eighteen years of stuff and moving it into a small space that you have to share with another person (especially since they brought eighteen years of their stuff as well), but it can be done. This can mostly be done through proper organization and using various tools to organize everything. One of the best items for organization is the classic trunk– it is easy to store and can be used to store many things (I use mine to store belts, scarves, and hats). Photo 1 shows a basic trunk, which can be purchased at Target and Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Continuing, such items as a shoe rack or hanging shoe system (see photo 2) can make it easy to organize all of your shoes. Also, cotton bins (see photo 3) are great to use because you can stack them in your closet or under your bed– you can store cleaning supplies, your toiletries, and/or extra school supplies easily in these. What is also fantastic about these bins is that they come in many colors, patterns, and sizes (they can be found at Target, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Walmart, Pier 1 Imports, and the home section of most department stores). The last tip I have for dorm room organization is in regards to hangers– if you are sharing a closet with you roommate, I suggest dividing the closet by using two different colored hangers; if you have your own closet, then feel free to use whatever hangers you like, but be sure they can hold your clothes properly (especially when it comes to the colder months).
What do you think of these tips? Do you have any tips you think should be shared? Are these tips any help for you and your transition to college?