College Room Life Hacks

College Room Life Hacks

Creative solutions to keep your room tidy

The lead up to college can be nerve-wracking. Will I like my classes? Will I get along with my roommate? How will I make it to my 8am without parents forcing me out of bed? But the hardest question to answer: How on earth will I fit all my stuff into my new room? Take a deep breath! We can at least help with that one! It's all about staying organized, finding the right storage items, and thinking creatively. Here are a few simple, stylish solutions to help set up your new college space. As you plan your new space, don't forget to create a study space to get those As.

College Life Hacks:

1 Bedside Caddy

Bedside Caddy can be placed on a loft support beam near your desk. Easy access for your tablet, ruler and calculator.

2 Notebook Organizer

Magazine File Holder Bin can double as an organizer for notebooks. The compact bin fits on your desk and helps you avoid unnecessary piles.

Office Desk Organizer Magazine File Holder Bin

3 Cleaning Supplies Tote

The same tote that you use for crafts and cosmetics can be used for storing cleaning supplies. A large plastic Cleaning Supplies Storage Caddy Tote holds window cleaner, sponges and the built-in handle makes it easy to transport throughout a dorm room or house.

4 Laundry Countertop Containers

Unless you have the luxury of living close to home, you’re going to have to do your own laundry in college. Bathroom Vanity Cans with Swing Lids can be used to store laundry detergent, pods and clothespins.

5 Cosmetics Countertop Shelf

These 2-Tier Small Corner Shelves are so versatile and can be used throughout your dorm or apartment. The angular shape is perfect to take advantage of unused corner space on your bathroom countertop to store face creams and perfumes. The tiered design makes it compact, yet very roomy for all your makeup needs. You can also use these in your cabinets to create extra space.

2 Tier Corner Bathroom Vanity Counter Storage Shelf

6 End Table

Surfaces are sparse in dorms. Adding this small Side Table adds more counter space for makeup, books, and oh so many pictures of your friends back home. The drawer also provides extra concealed storage. Need something taller? This Storage Unit provides a stylish look with 3 drawers for storage.

7 Snack Storage

Use an Over Door Fabric Hanging Storage Organizer to store your snacks and utensils. The pouches fit anything from pretzels to single-serve coffee pods.

8 Utensil Caddy

Tote Caddies are also great for storing cutlery so you can easily pass around silverware and napkins during a late-night study session.

Plastic Kitchen Cutlery Caddy Organizer Storage Bin

9 Headphone Hanger

Headphones are a must-have for college students. Whether you’re listening to a lecture or music it’s worth investing in a decent pair. While not in use, hang your headphones on an Over Door Hanging Storage Rack. The headphone band fits snuggly on the hook.

10 Planters

A wastebasket isn’t normally the most appealing item. They feed on used tissues and apple cores. But here’s a fresh idea to re-purpose the trash can! A plastic Trash Can easily turns into a home for your plant. Simply drill a hole for drainage, place the bin on a saucer and fill it up with soil. Now your plant will have a stylish place to hang out. To show off plants already in a planter, try our decorative Plant Stand. This will add style and a touch of green to those unused corners or your room!

LMetal Plant Stand Table for Living Room and Bedroom

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Check out our full Back to College blog series for more inspiration.

Chelsea McCulley is the Digital Asset Manager at mDesign
and an avid reader and Jane Austen fan.

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Posted: Aug 24, 2020