Utilizing space to create storage in your new college dorm room

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Written by Anna Stephens

For many college freshmen, the transition to college is a massive shock because of all the free time you get in between classes, the cafeteria food, and the distance from home. But why doesn’t anyone warn you about the shock of having no storage when you move in to your dorm? Most dorms only have a bed, a dresser, and a small closet. Throw your roommate into the mix, and you’re left with half a closet and two drawers to store all of your belongings in. For some, this is manageable, but for those who tend to over pack (most people!), this simply isn’t enough space.

Our advice is to ensure everything you own has its own space, so the floor doesn’t become an ocean of clothes and random items. Creating enough storage takes serious creativity, and from personal experience and our own research, we’ve created handy storage ideas that will make your dorm room seem bigger.

  1. Sneaky storage. Areas underneath the bed and under the futon are full of storage potential. Depending on how high the bed and futons are off the ground, you can place smaller boxes or storage containers in the space under them filled with essential items. As you plan for your room, note the ideal color, material, and size box for this area. If you love DIYs, use a cardboard box and decorate it with wrapping paper. Another tip is to use labels for these boxes, as it’s easy to forget where everything is stored amongst the move-in chaos.
  2. Bathroom storage. Get a plastic shower caddy to keep all of your toiletries together. This will make it much easier and faster on your trips to and from the bathroom. It’ll also keep all small bathroom items, like toothpaste and shampoo bottles, organized and out of the way.
  3. Closet storage. Maximize the space in your closet by creating a two-level closet. You can purchase a closet rod that comes with hooks to attach to the top rod. This way, your top closet rod can be for your tops, and the bottom rod can be for your bottoms. Another handy hanging item is an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer. All of your shoes will be off the ground and your floors will be clear. Lastly, you can purchase foldable hanging sweater shelves so you have more space to hang items in your closet. This is convenient for foldable clothes that are too bulky to put in your dresser.
  4. Night stand/TV stand storage. Small night stands/TV stands are inexpensive and easy to assemble. These often are paired with square foldable storage bins that go in the different compartments of the night stand. They come in several colors, so they’ll match your décor and offer more places to store your stuff.
  5. Seat storage. Purchase furniture and décor that will serve more than one purpose. You can buy inexpensive cubicle ottomans that open in just about any color and material. These are great places to store items, and also serve as a comfy chair or foot rest.
  6. Drawer storage. In the dresser, you can place foldable dividers so you have separate compartments within each drawer. This will maximize the efficiency of each drawer so you can fill the entire space.

Our best advice is to look for deals along the way. Make a list far in advance of the items you need to purchase for your dorm and make a budget. Scope out different stores for special college deals and do some research online. Remember: the cleaner the space is, the bigger it’ll feel.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to help with all of your college moving and storage needs. We also offer professional packing services and boxes and supplies to help take the stress out of moving.

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Ease the stress of college moving with these expert packing tips

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Project by Anna Stephens and Cathryn Armstrong

The moving process can be extremely stressful, especially when it comes to packing up and moving away to college, for some, even leaving home for the first time and being on their own.. Moving into a dorm room can be hectic, and making sure you’re properly packed is essential to easing the stress of moving and unpacking.

With over 30 years of moving experience, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to packing, and we are here to help you as you move on to the collegiate world. We offer a wide variety of boxes and packing supplies to supplement your move, ensuring you’re able to get all of your personal belongings to your new destination safe and secure.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes are built to endure your toughest moves and keep your belongings intact. The last thing you want to deal with on college move-in day is broken items, and our specialty moving boxes will help eliminate any mishaps with your belongings. This box is called the Dish Pack box, and is available for purchase at your local franchise. The dimensions are 18 x 18 x 28, or 5.25 cubic feet, and we have packed it full of college essentials. This box will hold the majority of your belongings, saving you trips to and from the car. This is extremely beneficial since most colleges limit your unloading time on move-in day.

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Here is a complete list of everything we put in this box, and in the correct order we packed it:

  1. Throw blanket. Small blankets are very convenient for a drafty dorm room and are easy to throw in the narrow dorm washing machines.
  2. Towel. Brighten up the bland dorm bathrooms with a vibrant towel.
  3. Hand towel. Wash this weekly to prevent germ multiplication. Make sure it matches your bath towel!
  4. Bath mat. Use this in your bathroom for a soft landing after your shower or as a door mat for your shoes.
  5. Decorative pillow. Great way to add a comfortable and personalized touch to your bed or futon.
  6. Neck pillow. This comes in handy if you’re planning on traveling somewhere during the school year. Or, for a quick nap at the library.
  7. Desk lamp. You’re going to want this for late night study sessions. Make sure to take the lightbulb out and place it in a protected container.
  8. Little fan. Dorm rooms can get stuffy! A little breeze makes sleeping much more comfortable. The noise of fans will also help drown out any loud neighbors.
  9. Bongo. Impress your friends with your musical talent!
  10. Scrapbook. This is a great little thing to have in your dorm when you start to miss home or want to show your new friends some of your favorite memories.
  11. Binders. Stay organized from the get-go.
  12. First aid kit. Accidents happen more often than you’d think! Be sure to pack this.
  13. Iron. No one likes a crinkly shirt! Especially when you have a formal event to attend.
  14. Travel toiletries bag. If you ever need to head out of town for a weekend, you’ll need this!
  15. Purse. If you can resist, only bring one or two.
  16. Decorative cork boards. They’re super cheap, easy to hang, and you can arrange them any way you want. Bring photos or memorabilia and push pins to decorate them once they’re hung up.
  17. Hair dryer. Limp hair is not in, FYI.
  18. Hair brushes. Tame your mane.
  19. Laundry supplies. Get detergent for your colors and whites!
  20. Air freshener. Inevitably something will smell weird in your room. Pick a nice scent to cover it up. Coconut scent is better than the smell of abandoned turkey sandwiches left under the bed.
  21. Board games. This is a great way to break the ice with the new people you’ll meet, and an excuse to invite people over!
  22. Umbrella. It’s difficult to think of a situation more miserable than getting soaked on a walk to class. Carry this thing with you everywhere.
  23. Twinkle lights. Add some ambiance to your dorm to make it cozy.
  24. Crate. This can be tucked under your bed, next to your bed, in your TV stand, really anywhere! It’s nice storage for the little things such as staples, erasers, extra writing utensils, etc.
  25. Hats. Have some baseball hats for the outdoor activities you’ll participate in.
  26. Favorite stuffed animal. No shame! It’s nice to have a cuddle buddy.
  27. Books. Reading will help you unwind at the end of a long day. Or, if you’re like me, it’ll help you fall asleep instantly.
  28. Office supplies. Stock up on pencils, colorful pens, paperclips, staplers, etc.
  29. Calculator. Bring batteries that the calculator requires. Some professors offer no empathy toward a panicked test taker with a dead calculator.
  30. Hangers. Hanging clothes is the easiest way to keep them fresh and neat.
  31. Chargers. Bring chargers for your phone, computer, or any gadget that requires charging.
  32. Q-tips. These come in handy for your personal hygiene as well as manicure fixes (you’re welcome.)
  33. Picture frames. Easy and cheap way to decorate your desk!
  34. Ukulele. Has anyone ever said they don’t like the way ukuleles sound?

 

Whew! Told you it could fit a lot of stuff!! Take note that we placed the softer, but bulkier items, at the bottom of the box, as this provides a cushion for the items you place above it. Next, place items strategically in order to maximize the number of items that will fit in your box. The more fragile items like picture frames and clock should be toward the top so there isn’t too much pressure on them. The smaller items like chargers, socks, etc., should go in a bigger bag like the pencil case and crate so you don’t lose them. In general, bigger boxes like this one, should be filled with lighter items so it’s easier to lift. Smaller boxes are best for heavy items to ease the lifting process. You can view the box size options available, here.

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