Dorm Life: Easy Storage Ideas

It’s officially fall and school is back in session.  You have arrived at your dream school and discovered you failed to realize you would be living in a tiny dorm room when you packed up your entire life’s possessions to take to college.  Living in a dorm room has its challenges – small closets, small beds, small everything.  So if you’re struggling to get your stuff to fit, here are some great space saving storage tips that will help you become organized in no time!

Under the Bed Storage Space

One of the best ways to free up space in your dorm is to take advantage of the empty space underneath your bed! This is a great place to store things you need but don’t use very often, such as out-of-season clothing, bulky blankets, or reference books. You can purchase long, thin storage bins that fit perfectly under the bed.  You can also purchase bed lifts for extra space to store larger bins.

Closet Organizers

Closet storage can be pricey so shop around discount stores and home stores for the best deals.  Keep in mind that this is an investment you will use the next four years. It’s a good idea to wait and see your closet before purchasing organizers to make best use of your space. Organizers you can purchase for your closet include:

  • Shoe rack, or over-the-door shoe storage
  • Extra hanging rod, this will instantly double your hanging space
  • Multiple pants hangers, you can hang up to 5 pairs of pants on one hanger!
  • Belt rings
  • Stackable baskets to fit smaller items

Bedside Organizers

Bedside organizers have many different sized pockets to conveniently store items such as remotes, glasses, small books, medicine, and other stuff you might store in a bedside table.  You can find bedside organizers at many home and storage store.

Wall Hooks

For extra hanging space, attach wall hooks behind your dorm room door, closet door, and anywhere that there’s a little room. Just be careful: make sure the wall hooks you use do not require any nails or drilling into the walls.  They are many hooks with safe removal options that do not damage the walls.  You do not want to pay the fines given for damagine dorm room walls!


Take advantage of the wall space 2 feet under the ceiling by adding some easy shelves to help you store books, picture frames, and other things that do not need to be easily accessible.  Use the lower wall space and create some shelving units for more accessible things like snacks, plates and utensils, office supplies, and toiletries.  Some inexpensive and handy shelving solutions for a dorm include:

  • Mesh shelves
  • Stackable plastic drawer units
  • Plastic milk crates
  • Plastic corner shelving

The best storage solution is to take to college only what you know you need and will use.  There’s no point in taking 5 blankets when you only need 1 or 15 sweaters that you don’t like.  Be creative with your materials, shop around for the best prices and take advantage of the back-to-school sales.  Most importantly, have fun and good luck!

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