Organizing for a College Dorm Room

Organizing for a College Dorm Room

It is almost here, the day I take my youngest son to Birmingham Southern College to start his college career. It’s not that I want to get rid of my son, it is because I can’t wait to organize his dorm room. Here are some organizing items that I found to maximize his space.

Under the Bed Storage – this can be for seasonal clothes or extra items that he might need. I got three boxes that will easily fit under a twin size bed. Check with your college housing to see what size beds they provide and if you will need bed lifts to maximize the space under the bed. Some schools bed frames can be turned upside down so you don’t need lifts.

3M Hooks – many dorm rooms do not want you to put nails in the walls. These hooks are easy to install and easy to remove without leaving sticky residue. They come in all sorts of sizes and weight limits. It is always a good idea to have one by the student’s desk to hang their keys on. Another hook can be for their backpack.

Over-the-Door Towel Bar – this over-the-door towel bar just hangs over the top of the door so no need for screws or nails. This rack has four bars so there is plenty of space for my son and his roommate.

Hangers – dorm room closets are so small you want to get the thinnest hangers you can find to get the most clothes hung in the space. I like the super slim plastic ones with the non-slip surface.

Double Closet Rod – closets are small so with this extra rod you are doubling your hanging space. Works great for guys – hang your pants on top and shirts on the bottom.

Laundry Hamper – I actually bought the x-large boat tote from LL Bean. It has large handles that make it easy to carry laundry to and from the washers and dryers. It is sturdy unlike some of the mesh laundry bags. This one is made of canvas and has a lifetime guarantee.

File Box – organized to hold important paperwork for classes as well as receipts and other financial papers.

Other Items That You Might Want To Consider

  • Charging station for all of his electronics
  • Flexible power strip

    • Dry erase/cork memo board
    • Mattress protector
    • Mattress pad
    • 2 sets of sheets
    • 2 sets of towels
    • 2 pillows
    • Comforter for bed
    • Throw blanket
  • Alarm clock (in addition to the alarm on his cell phone)
  • Trash can
  • Microwave
  • Laptop computer
  • Rug
  • Back Pack
  • School supplies
  • Gift cards to local eateries

Depending on the dorm room you may need some bathroom items like a shower curtain and bath mat.

This list should help you get your son or daughter off to college. Then you can start thinking about what you can do with their old bedroom!

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