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How to organize your storage in a tiny dorm room

Some people have certain superpowers. You have a tiny closet with tons of clothes in it. They keep telling you that they have a library at home, but you have no idea where it might be hiding in their apartment. These are the same people who take a suitcase on vacation and wear a new outfit every day.


So who are they? Wizards from Harry Potter? We all remember Hermione with her bottomless purse. Or are you a comic book character with a superpower to shrink things? Neither. We guarantee that these people used to just live in a tiny student dorm.

As a student, you quickly learn how to organize your room. Otherwise you will be buried under clothes and textbooks. Even with a paper writing service like writepaper.com, it’s difficult to reduce the amount of study materials, so you need to organize them. And of course you want to look great every day. So throwing away clothes is not an option either.

Five Stages of Grief

We can almost hear you say, “Well, my dorm isn’t THAT tiny. There’s enough space in there.” Welcome to stage one – denial. Why can’t you afford to rent a separate apartment? Who built the dormitories? Did these architects have a degree in civil engineering?! Your Majesty Zorn takes the stage.

Next thing you know, you’re measuring your room with a ruler. It’s called negotiation. You’re trying to convince yourself it’s not tiny. You repeat this sentence to yourself over and over again when you’re sitting in the corner crying. Pull yourself together! You can overcome this depression.

All right, my dorm is tiny. Finally, acceptance wins. But there’s no reason to go through the cycle of grief over and over again. If you think your room is super small, you just don’t know how to use it. Luckily for you, we do.

Use vertical spacing

To calculate the square footage of any area, all you have to do is multiply the length and width of the area. In other words, how high x how wide. It’s a simple school formula, isn’t it? But for some reason we tend to neglect height. So you can use the vertical space.

1. All kinds of racks and organizers

This is a universal tip on how to maximize space in your closet or work space. Just use:

  • shoe racks above the door;
  • hanging baskets;
  • towel rail above the door;
  • Wire shower trays with command hooks (for stationery storage);
  • felt hangers instead of bulky wooden hangers;
  • Stacking bins for storing toiletries.

All these little things will make your room declutter and look organized. Oh, and here’s a bonus tip for you! You can hang a mirror above the door.

2. Show everything you can

Our biggest mistake is trying to hide things in a room where there is no place to hide! What you need to do is the opposite. We do not encourage making a terrible mess in your room. You should first learn how to flaunt things properly.

● Hang scarves with shower curtain rings

Decorate your room with a rainbow scarf!

● Arrange hats on a wall shelf

Maybe you’re not a big fan of scarves but have a large collection of baseball caps? Showcase yourself to your roommate by placing them on a DIY hat rack.

● Display jewelry with a hanging organizer

Guys can show off their cool baseball caps and ladies shouldn’t miss the opportunity to show off their rings, necklaces and earrings! It’s also a very handy tip – you keep all your jewelry in one place.

Tiny dorm

● Put your makeup on a magnetic board

Another life hack for ladies. You don’t have to find a separate shelf or drawer. Stick magnets to your mascaras, lipsticks and powders and hang them up. Let it be your makeup corner.

● Use a trolley instead of a bedside table

Again, it has many levels so you can make the most of the vertical space here. It is perfect for storing books. But you can put practically anything you want there.

3. Play with the furniture

You already know how to maximize the space in your closet. But what can you do with your bed or chairs? There’s no magic spell to squeeze them, right? No, but let’s look at this from a different angle.

You absolutely need a bed. It is clear that it takes up a lot of space. But here is your light of hope at the end of this tunnel. Use the space under and above your bed! Raise your bed a little to make room for boxes or drawers underneath. You can install all sorts of things there. By the way, roll your clothes. Then a lot more things fit in.

Tiny dorm

Tiny dorm

Now let’s look up. How can you make the most of the space above your bed? A small headboard or shelf is a perfect solution. However, make sure you follow all of your dorm rules first. Ask permission before investing time and money.

Now it seems like no space is wasted under or above your bed. But you loved it and now you want to continue. Let’s see. What are we left with? The bed sides. Bags by the bed! Wow, you are unstoppable!

Multipurpose furniture is the answer to all your remaining furniture related questions. Just google it! You will be amazed at how inventive people are. There are items that serve more than three purposes! Can you imagine that?

4. Use room dividers

If you and your roommate are best friends, you might not like this idea. But in terms of the design of the living space, it is a great solution. When you step out of your bedroom, study, or workout space, you become more organized. Plus, it gives you that touch of personal space that is important for every human being.

And so on…

We’ll share some more valuable tips in this article, but don’t limit yourself. The list of these life hacks is endless! Unleash your creative potential and enjoy every moment you spend in your living space!

You may find this article inspirational. But when you think about the budget you need, you feel like the five stages of grief are getting closer. Stop this immediately! Yes, it can exceed your usual budget. But you don’t throw your money away for nothing! You keep all these magical things when you move out!

You can use room dividers, hanging organizers and magnetic boards in your future apartment! We hope that this argument is convincing enough and that acceptance will be quicker this time. So make a list of items you want to buy or buy yourself and enjoy the process!

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