You put a lot of effort into decorating your dorm room. Surely, you want it to stay that way. Even with the best of intentions, this rarely happens without careful planning. Here are some items you can use that will help your dorm room stay neat and clean throughout the school year.
A Daytime Bed Cover will keep your dorm bed clean. If you have any friends visit your room, they will sit on your bed. This puts excess wear on your bed covers and also attracts stains. You can protect your bedding and keep dirt your friends bring in off your bed by using a daytime bed cover that you put on top of your made-up bed. This can be in the form of a throw blanket, a quilt, or an inexpensive duvet cover. Whatever you use should be washable and easily replaceable.
Plastic containers will allow you to keep junk in your dorm room out of sight.Get at least the 22 gallon container size as it will hold blankets, pillows, out of season clothes, and more. Plus, you can fit at least six of these under a typical college dorm bed. Keep one of these containers empty for quick clean up, but always be sure to empty it later and put the items in their proper place.
Bed risers will make extra space to hide things in your dorm room. Make more room under the bed to hide your storage containers and other things you don’t use every day. The less clutter you have laying around, the better your dorm room will look.
An extra long dust ruffle will conceal the things under your dorm room bed. Because your bed will be elevated, you will need an extra long dust ruffle to hide what is under the bed and make the room look neater. These are difficult to find in the stores, but they are easy to make. Just purchase a length of fabric (about 4 yards) and some Velcro tabs. Velcro the fabric to the bed frame and you are done. Hem the fabric if you can sew. If you can’t, it’s still better than looking at clutter under the bed.
A Dorm Bath Organizer will keep your toiletries from under foot.Bathroom items are notorious for creating clutter. Hang all of these things on the back of a door in a dorm bath organizer. This is especially useful if your room adjoins your bathroom.
Wire ties will tame those unruly wires in your dorm room.Once you get all of your electronics situated, use wire ties to put contain the wires before they become a jumbled mess.
Get a full sized garbage can for your dorm room. Avoid garbage on the floor by purchasing a full size kitchen garbage can. In fact, consider purchasing two. This will keep you from accumulating cans, bottles, scraps of paper, and single serving pizza boxes in your room. Oh, and take out the trash every few days.
Use hooks to keep items off the bed, and chairs in your dorm room. Use over the door hooks to hand your robes and towels on the back of your closet door. Consider getting extra hooks for your roommates to prevent wet and damp things from being laid around.
Dry Erase Boards are great for dorm room messages.Eliminate the tendency to leave notes lying around or even worse, losing them, by using dry erase boards and cork boards on which to stick them.
A desktop hutch and/or bookshelf will give you more storage space in your dorm room. Take advantage of vertical space by adding a desktop hutch or bookshelf to your desk. (Get the measurements of your desk in advance) If you have enough room, get more than one. Also bring baskets, jars, and bookends to help you organize your items on these shelves.