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Tips for Living in a Dorm: How to Maximize Dorm Space

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Avoid feeling cramped in even the smallest space. Even the largest dorm rooms are still pretty small, especially when you’re sharing them with roommates. When you throw in all the things people need to live comfortably away from home, it’s easy to feel like sardines packed into a can. The good news is that maximizing dorm space is not as hard as it seems. Try the following tips once you head off to school.

Make Living in a Dorm as Spacious as Possible

  • Organize Your Desk: Your desk is going to be one of the centerpieces of your dorm room as you pursue your studies. Make sure that things get neatly organized and filed away. Clutter on your desk can quickly spill over into the rest of the room.
  • Organize Your Closet: The same applies to your closet. There are many closet organizing devices out there to help you keep clothes organized and off the floor. This is a must if you will be sharing closet space with someone new.
  • Raise Your Bed: The space under your bed is a great place to store seasonal clothing and other items that you use rarely. Find out in advance if the dorm beds rise on their own, and if they don’t, purchase an inexpensive set of bed risers to give yourself a few extra inches of clearance.
  • Put Away Your Shoes: When you’re constantly tripping over shoes, it can make any space feel smaller. Keep all your pairs organized and out of the way with a simple over-the-door shoe organizer.
  • Hide Storage Away: If you plan to bring furniture such as an ottoman, chair, or coffee table, make sure you bring options that do double duty as storage spaces. When you are living in the dorm, every sq. ft. counts.
  • Hang Everything: Most dorms will allow you to hang removable hooks off the wall wherever you like. These are a great tool for keeping things off the floor and out of the way.
  • Choose Wisely: The easiest and most obvious way to maximize dorm space is to simply bring less. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to just the bare essentials, but as you are packing up, ask if you really need each of the items you’re bringing. They may just be clutter or items that you could bring back with you on one of the breaks.

For more dorm information before your first year away, check out this related post: “Dorm Essentials List. College Dorm Essentials You Can’t Live Without.

Improve Every Dorm Space with a DormTopper

Want to know another way to make your dorm space a lot more comfortable without taking up any extra space? Bring a dorm topper from Beloit Mattress. It simply lays on tops of the old, worn out dorm mattress you’re assigned, and suddenly you sleep in comfort every night. Try the DormTopper from Beloit Mattress, and discover for yourself its qualities that enhance the experience of living in the dorm.

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