14 Organizing, Space-Maximizing Essentials For College Dorm Rooms

August 7, 2018

Going to college, especially as a freshman, is stressful.

In one collegiate swoop, a person in their late-teen year finds themselves plunked into an entirely new world. And while many will rejoice in their newfound lack of parental restrictions, most will also struggle to acclimate to an entirely different community than they were previously well-versed, wherein they know little to no one, where laundry is not done for them, and space is at a premium. Oh! And where, for the first time in their lives, perhaps, they have to share a room with a near-complete stranger.

Plus, they have to confront how they will illegally obtained adult beverages, have to keep up with the grueling tour of campus parities, have to make nutritional choices that will determine whether or not they, like so many before them, will fall prey to the Freshman 15 (that Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal from the dining hall, for instance, is not the benign indulgence it may seem), have to break up with their high school boy friends or girl friends, or, possibly harder, stay together with them, and all this is to say nothing of academics.

As with all transitions, there are few methods more effective at instantly helping to set one’s mind at ease than to get settled in one’s new space. Sheets on the bed, closet unpacked, order established, living quarters solidified–this is the essential foundation from which a student might thrive. Possibly also wear something ridiculously slutty to a Pimps & Hoes themed party, but possibly also thrive.

Live Simply in a dorm room, then. Let’s do it:

Everything you need to organize a college dorm room.



1. Ultimate height carbon steel bed risers (23.5″)

2. under bed drawer

3. 4″ memory foam mattress topper

4. Hypoallergenic quilted mattress pad

5. laundry backpack

6. Slim, non-slip hangers

7. Drawer unit // shorter unit, on wheels

8. small stackable drawer // stackable medium drawer // stackable wide, short drawer // stackable wide tall drawer

9. Double-hang closet expander

10. 8 pocket mesh shower caddy white

11. portable shower station

12. Modular acrylic makeup and skincare storage

13. command hook display ledges

14. Command hook photo hanger






1 Comment

  1. Lynne on August 7, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Great list! I especially love the bed risers – I did not know they existed.

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  1. Lynne on August 7, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Great list! I especially love the bed risers – I did not know they existed.

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