Dorm Room Organization is Within Reach!

A small space for a constantly-growing wardrobe? Make it work!

So as I sat staring at the three huge bags of hand-me-downs my big sister gave me, I realized…I have NO idea where to put everything. However, looking over the mountain of clothes in front of me made me think of how I managed to keep everything in my dorm room. Freshman year, my dorm had very little space to cram in the tons of clothes I had packed.

A dresser? Oh no, we had a small bureau with only three drawers and some hanging space for clothes.  So how does one stay organized when space is limited (and the clothes are overflowing)? Here’s how:

Refold: Yup. Dump your drawers and refold everything in them. I can’t tell you how many times a semester I take everything out, refold, and reorganize (yes, my drawers and closet are color-coded…please don’t judge). Refolding and organizing allows you to find that shirt that’s been stuck for months, unwrinkle the shirt you want to wear tomorrow night to dinner, and find extra space within your wardrobe, etc.

Don’t mind my sister and Flo the Sheep…direct your eyes to my tiny closet space!

File your shirts: This is a great website that suggests “filing” your shirts instead of stacking them. This way you can just pull one out and not ruin the entire pile.

Grab some Containers: Use containers for little items in the drawer like jewelry, undergarments, scarves etc.Keep small things in one contained spot.

Divide things up: If you have large drawers like I did, use dividers. This way, half of the drawer can be for pants and the other can be for shirts without anything getting mixed up. It’s like having 2-3 drawers in one.

Stick with Necessities: Don’t pack every single clothing item you own – you won’t wear it! If you notice there are clothes you aren’t wearing, bring them home on your next break or give them to your parents when they come for a visit. It’s just taking up valuable space at that point.

Do you have any helpful tips? Post them in the comments below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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