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Organizing Your Dorm Room

November 21st, 2010

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Nothing says college like a super messy dorm room. Who has time to clean when there’s studying, partying, video game-playing and general goofballing to be done? But after a while — after you’ve punctured your foot by stepping on a random object, or you’ve been induced to vomit by the God-awful stench — living in a pigsty gets old. Given the small space in which you live, organizing may seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, there are several ways you can efficiently store your belongings while freeing up valuable space.

The best solution for a big mess is to make use of the trash bin — or several of them. You probably don’t need everything in your room, so why keep around items for which you have little or no use? Take some time to purge your belongings and then go to your local store, like Wal-Mart, and purchase a few storage bins. Underbed storage bins are particularly useful because they make use of the unknown and underutilized space in your room. Also consider buying baskets, crates, caddies, bed pockets, stacking drawers, shelves and shoe shelves. If you’re short on money, visit the campus recycling dumpsters and pick out a few sturdy boxes. Depending on the size of your closet, if you have one, you may be able to store a few containers or boxes in it. What you store in those containers or boxes is up to you — obviously, it’s a good idea to have some kind of purpose for each one, as opposed to just stuffing them with random stuff.

When it comes to searching for storage items, it helps to think outside the box — no pun intended. If you’re not completely poor and your closet isn’t midget-sized, look for a closet organizer. A good one should keep your wardrobe neat and easily accessible. Additional space in your room can be utilized with racks and hangers. Double hanging racks, for example, have two vertical levels on which you can hang numerous shirts, dresses, blouses and pants. Hanging door racks and hangers can be used to hang jackets, hats, towels or anything else that’s hang-able. Once you’re finished organizing, you’ll be amazed by what a little research and creativity can accomplish. You’ll also be surprised by the positive psychological effect that transitioning to a clean and clutter-free room can have.

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