For many people entering dorm life can be exciting. In all of that excitement is can be easy to overlook the fact that you will be moving into a much smaller space. Before you even begin to purchase storage items, make sure you have spent time preparing for your new space.
One thing you can do is downsize before you move out. Go through your room and get rid of items you no longer use. In case downsizing is difficult for you think of the last time you used an item, if it has been years most likely you will not need it. Another thing to consider is contacting your roommate. See what items they already have, and what items the two of you would be willing to share. (It sure beats having to cram two mini fridges into one room.) Figuring out the floor plan of your dorm can help you choose which storage options are best, if your school is able to give you that information ahead of time, be sure to snatch it up.
After you have downsized, choosing the best storage option should be a snap. Make sure you check out these affordable and stylish options. Trunks and ottomans make great storage for textbooks, electronics, stuffed animals, and can double as seating. Many stores have trunks available in bold colors, patterns, and materials.
Typically dorm rooms are not very large, and a bed can occupy most of your room. By sliding a few storage bins under the bed you can make up that space and nearly empty a closet. Typical plastic containers are an option; Target and Wall-Mart frequently carry them. Zip-up under the bed storage bags can also come in very handy, as they can be stacked on top of one another. Don’t be afraid to store obscure things such as snack foods or clothes under the bed, as the containers will keep them free from any dirt.
3M Command Hooks can be a saving grace. By dedicating an area of your room to these hooks you can hang up jackets, backpacks, purses, robes, keys, decorations, practically anything your imagination allows. They are often times inexpensive, and never leave a mark on the walls. (Just be sure to read the packaging to make sure you get the proper hook for the amount of weight you would like to support.)
If you have a access to a closet, hanging shoe and clothing racks can help condense your wardrobe into a small space. Many times they are made with Velcro that wraps around the rod in your closet, making them easy to move around. They also work great for easy access to your pens, pencils, and such.