College shopping season is here and now is the time to get everything you need! You already know about the basic stuff, clothes, desk supplies, decorative pillows. BUT, I am sharing all those random dorm room necessities that you might not think to buy, but will definitely make your life a million times easier in college.
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Having these will save your life, I promise. One of the hardest things to organize in a dorm room isn’t the clothes or shoes or desk supplies. All those items have designated places and are pretty straightforward to organize. It’s all the random items that make it impossible to organize. Stuff like medicine and cleaning supplies and extra toiletries.
For all of this stuff, your best bet to keeping it neat is using multipurpose bins. I’ve used these before and they work perfect for a dorm room. Buy yourself a decent amount of the same bin so everything is uniform in your room. Then, just figure out different categories of all the random stuff that needs a home.
Some typical categories would be medicine, cleaning, home (paper plates, plastic silverware, etc), food, toiletries, etc. Once everything’s in the bin, they usually fit really well on the top shelf of the closet or under the bed.
Microwavable mug & bowl combo
This bowl and mug combo is a must for quick meals in your dorm room. You can make anything from soup to mac n cheese, all in the same one bowl! This is perfect because you don’t need to deal with a bunch of different dishes since it’s all in one.
Over the door organizers
Any door space you can use is amazing! This is one of those spots that would otherwise be empty and wasted. So, buying some organizers to use instead helps to maximize your dorm room space.
Let me tell you one thing: you need a plan for your shoes. Shoes are the type of thing that need a specific organizer or else they are going to be all over the place. You will most likely have a lot of them. So, you are better off investing in a good shoe storage solution BEFORE the messes get the best of you.
For both of my sister’s dorm rooms, they’ve loved these ottomans with secret shoe storage. From the outside, it looks and acts like an ottoman. But, when you pull the lid off, it’s a shoe organizer that’s able to hold about 15 pairs of shoes. Not only does it keep your shoes contained and organized, but it gives you some extra seating too!
If you don’t have the space for something like this, an over the door shoe organizer is another great option. These hold a bunch of shoes too and take up basically no extra space!
Invest in a quality shower caddy. You can thank me later.
If you have a bathroom down the hall, you need something to hold all your stuff when you go back and forth. Having a durable shower caddy will be extremely helpful to hold your shower essentials and not fall apart on you!
Deep under-bed storage bins
Of all the dorm room necessities, this is by far the most helpful. I know that everybody already knows they need under-the-bed storage bins for college. BUT, you might not know which are the best ones to buy.
The trick with the under-the-bed storage is to really maximize every inch of that space. A lot of times, storage bins are too small and you end up wasting so much space! These extra deep under-the-bed drawers are perfect for solving that problem. For a standard dorm bed, they fit almost the whole space and give you so much room.
Check with your school about the size of the bed and how high it can go to see how many of these you need. In some rooms, you can fit 6 of these drawers, stacked in three piles of two. With that much space, the majority of your clothes will be able to go under the bed, leaving you plenty of closet space for other items.
A good file folder is so important for all of your important documents. Stuff like copies of your birth certificate and social security card, as well as financial aid or medical documents can all be organized in one folder. With dividers and some labels, it can all be nice and neat!
With this, you have all of your important documents in one space and are able to get to it easily if you need to. They also sell ones that have built in locks if you want more privacy with these documents.
You’ve probably heard this before but I’ll add it to the list anyway because it’s so important. You NEED a few extension cords for your dorm room. I would suggest buying two: one for by the bed and one for by the desk. Not only do they make it easier to reach the outlets, but you are able to plug in so many more items.
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