Today we present Intern Julia’s second installment in her series on back-to-school preparations.
Most everyone, college student or not, has periods in life when we have more stuff than space. Beyond the obvious solution of vastly reducing the amount of stuff you have, here are more ideas for making do with the space you have.
Shelving: Most dorm rooms don’t come with it, and with a minimal amount of square footage to work with you want to utilize as much vertical space as possible. If your college allows you to put nail holes in your walls, I highly suggest floating shelves for your lighter possessions. Otherwise, go for a tall, cheap bookshelf, and use it for everything from books to files to your shower caddy. If you can’t afford a cheap bookshelf, never underestimate the power of the classic plank-and-cinderblock construction.
Loft Your Bed: If your school will allow it, lofting your bed is another great way to maximize space in your dorm room. Some colleges provide beds that can be lofted on their own. If not, you can buy a lofting structure that supports your bed on a metal frame. You can tuck your dresser or desk under your lofted bed to free up some floor space.
Store Information Digitally: Most colleges encourage students to have laptops, and digitally storing your information is a great way to combat clutter of all kinds. First of all, invest in an external hard drive. And, no matter what, make sure you buy a light laptop you can lug around easily.
Feel welcome to read and add more space-saving advice in the comments.