10 Space-Saving Storage Solutions for Dorm Rooms
Every college student knows that unless you manage to score some off-campus housing, you’re going to be living in cramped conditions for the next four years. But your tiny dorm room doesn’t have to feel tiny. With a few simple tricks and strategic storage, you can easily make your shoebox-sized living situation feel nice and roomy. All you need are some of these clever organization and storage solutions to help you get a little personal space.
1. Sorbus Foldable Storage Bag Organizers ($21): First thing to know about dorm room storage: Never forget the space under your bed. But instead of turning it into a junk-filled “no man’s land,” grab these foldable bags so you can easily organize and neatly tuck away your stuff.
2. Double Cookin Caddy ($19): That space above your mini fridge is limited, but you can easily maximize it with this clever caddy. Keep some of your go-to condiments, or even your personal utensils, in the convenient side pockets and voila! Extra room for your ramen noodles.
3. Kikkerland Bedside Caddy ($20): Whether you’re on the top or bottom bunk, some bedside storage is crucial. (Especially if your dorm doesn’t have room for a nightstand.) This caddy is just the right size for keeping books, magazines, remote controls, or other small items neat and tidy.
4. Ornavo Home Storage Ottoman ($34): Stow away some of your heavier clothes or some non-essential items in this ottoman when you’re not using them. It’s not just a storage solution — it’s some extra seating.
5. Maytex Quick Dry Mesh Pocket Shower Curtain ($19): If you’re lucky enough to have a private bathroom, you’ll find that it, too, is clearly made for tiny elves. And storage? Let’s just say, don’t count on it. But you can easily stow your favorite beauty essentials without overflowing the bathroom cabinet with this pocketed curtain. It’s especially good for roommates.
6. Simple Houseware 2-Bag Heavy Duty Rolling Laundry Sorter Cart ($25): Laundry day doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. Use this sorting cart to easily separate your dirty clothes into two, neat loads. Now, all you have to do is round up enough quarters.
7. Richards Homewares Wood Bed Lifters ($23, Set of 4): Not enough space for under-bed storage? Think again. Bed risers are an excellent way to maximize your space by giving you some extra vertical room for all your stuff.
8. Whitmor Door Shoe Bag Hanging Organizer ($13): Of course, you had to bring your whole shoe closet to college. We don’t blame you. But all that footwear has to go somewhere, and it’s not all over your dorm floor. Keep your pairs of shoes orderly and easy to access using this over-the-door caddy.
9. Beautify Mirrored Jewelry Cabinet ($110): People with lots of jewelry can appreciate a good storage solution for all their accouterment. With this mirror you get the ultimate two-in-one: an over-the-door mirror to check yourself out before class and a place to put all your tiny accessories.
10. Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart ($83): You and your roommate can easily share this rolling caddy with lots of differently sized drawers for all your organizational needs. Need a place for your kitchenware? Check. Perhaps a place for your games or DVDs? Check. Or a storage solution for both of your collections of personal items and toiletries? Double check.
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