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Storage Tips for Your Tiny Dorm

Categories: College Life

Welcome to college! Here is the key to your teeny tiny dorm room. Good luck fitting all of your stuff in there!

Dorm rooms are notoriously small. Plus, you’re sharing the space with someone else. It’s time to get creative with storage and organization. The key? Think vertically!

  • CLOSET SPACE– Chances are your closet is narrow and shallow. Try adding another rod for hanging clothes! You can find versions that hang on your current closet rod and double your hanging space. A hanging shoe rack is another great way to utilize closet space. Your rod doubler can allow you more space for a hanging rack, or you can find one that hangs on the back of your door! There are also hangers that can hang multiple shirts or pairs of pants at once.
  • DESK SPACE – Dorm room desks are not enormous. If there’s room, place two file drawers underneath the desk, snug to one side. Make sure you still have plenty of space to sit. If there aren’t shelves on top of your desk already, try these white magazine files from Ikea. They are inexpensive and a great way to organize papers and documents by school subject. You can also create shelf space with stacking file trays for papers. If you’re storing books on top of your desk or on shelves, bookends are a good idea. They’ll keep your books from falling over – or falling on you!
  • BED SPACE – That’s right, bed space! Each dorm is different, but many offer (or already have) lofted beds. If you can loft ’em, do it. It creates a nice space for your desk underneath your bed. If you have bunk beds, use the space under your bed to store suitcases. Store your winter clothes in your suitcases during the warmer months, and vice versa during the winter.
  • DOOR SPACE – As mentioned previously, doors can be used for storage too, depending on your needs. Hanging shoe racks, towel racks, or hooks are awesome storage tools that make use of your door.
  • SPACE SPACE – You won’t have a lot of it, but where you do – think vertically! Stacking plastic drawers are ideal for dorms. You can store everything from bath stuff to school stuff to clothes stuff in these drawers. They come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to find narrow versions or wide versions, depending on where you’d like to put them. If you have a bed on the ground (not lofted) these drawers can double as a night stand.

Finding storage space in your dorm will require a little creativity. The good news is that the tiny dorm room isn’t a new problem – students have been dealing with it forever! That’s why there are so many neat tricks and space savers out there for you. Go get ’em! Start organizing!

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What Do I Do if I Don’t Like My Freshman Roommate?

Categories: College Life

College roommates can be a crap shoot. If you go in blind, chances are you could end up with someone who is really different from you. It’s obviously important to be open-minded and remember you can learn a lot from people who are very different and might not have much in common with you. This is not a reason to be unfriendly, be close-minded, or to leave your room.

That said, sometimes roommates can be inconsiderate, messy, disrespectful, or simply bad roommates in many other ways. Now, unless your roommate is a sociopath who does something really crazy like watch over you while you are sleeping, it’s better to try to salvage the relationship.

If you are having some sort of issue with something your roommate is doing, the answer is not to be passive aggressive. Don’t start being messy to combat them being messy, or eat their food if they are eating yours. Set a time that will be good for both of you to sit down with your roommate and talk it out in a respectful manner.

Try not to speak to your roommate in a way that will make him or her defensive. Speak about how you feel as opposed to what they are doing. After your chat, give your roommate some time to change their act.  If after a few weeks things don’t seem to get better (or get better initially and then revert back to old patterns), it could be time to start exploring other options.

While moving to a new dorm can seem like a pain, a couple days of annoyance could really change your freshman year experience for the better. If things are untenable with your roommate after you have had a talk with them, approach housing advisers at your school and ask what you can do to change dorm rooms. If you are worried about things being awkward, maybe try to move to a different dorm rather than just a different room in your dorm.

Remember, talk out issues and approach discussions like an adult. But if things still aren’t working out, moving rooms isn’t the end of the world.

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