Big news here…My son moved into his dorm room at Beloit College in Wisconsin last Saturday and even though the sunny day helped, since there were lots (and lots) of trips back and forth from the car to the dorm, it’s a huge job.


We came from a distance (Connecticut), so, we brought all of his summer clothes and all of his winter things too. Plus there were all the school supplies, all the linens, blankets, and towels, and the kitchen-type appliances like a small microwave. There were toiletries, laundry detergent, and some food for snacks as well. It’s a major accomplishment to get everything into the dorm room and get it organized, especially since he has a roommate who had to do the same thing!

In talking to family and friends who already have kids in college, I knew to get underbed storage boxes (fabulous!), and lots of hooks to hang coats and wet towels, but there’s many other ideas out there in keeping items somewhat neat and orderly.

Make the most of the space in your dorm room from the closet to the floor:
• CLOSETS: install double hanging racks, closet organizers, and shoe shelves.
• UNDERBED: store luggage, out-of-season clothes, books.
• SHELVING: sports equipment, sound systems, photographs.
• TOTES: laundry supplies, shower needs, manicure products.
• DOORS: memo boards, hanging racks, hooks.


Closet organizers – to fit more into a closet
Mesh shelves – for the corner of a room
Double hanging racks – for many clothes
Handy Drawers – for office supplies, stationery, or computer cables
Bed pockets – for the empty space at the end of your bed
Schedule Organizer – corkboard and memo board
Behind a door – could be an out-of-the-way storage area
Shoe shelves – to keep shoes neat and organized
Over Door Racks – for towels or damp laundry

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on storage solutions. In fact you can find plenty of inexpensive items at your local dollar store. Shop smart and get items like shower caddies, plastic milk crates, and hamper bags at the dollar store.

For doing laundry, a hamper tote is suggested because there are compartments to separate the clothes and there are storage pockets for laundry supplies. This is great, especially if you have a long walk to the laundry room, as you’ll have everything you need to wash your clothes.

With closet space tight, recommends a “hanging organizer that adds six shelves to a tiny closet.”

“An overdoor shoe rack with hanging hooks can do the trick behind your door.”

“Dairy crates are great for storing and stacking books, media, and whatever else you can think of. They also come in handy when you are moving to and from school.”

In addition to storage items, you’ll definitely want to bring accessories for turning your dorm room into a cozy space. This can be easily achieved with wall decals, posters, lights, pillows, throws, and photo frames.

I’m just glad we got all of my son’s things into his dorm room, along with all of his roommate’s things, and basically, it was a good fit. I guess they’ll see how it goes as the year progresses.

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