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Dorm rooms are intimidating and exciting all at once. There’s an endless possibility for decoration and good practice for a future apartment! We all know about the struggles of dorm life so how can that process be easier?
Dorm hacks have been a huge help for college students around the world, and this list of items can only help you become a better adult. All of these products are useful in one way or another. Good luck at adulting.
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Dorm Hacks For Storage
If you haven’t heard, bedside caddies are the best product for small spaces. If your dorm is too small for a bedside table, this caddy will help with organization. This DuomiW caddy has 8 pockets of varying sizes, so they can hold just about anything.
There is a mesh pocket for a bottle, a smaller pocket for your phone, and various sizes for books or a tablet. If you don’t need that many pockets, there is a much simpler one for essential items only. Definitely one of the better dorms hacks on this list!
Storage bins are a must-have, and you likely already have this on your list. Double-check with your college to see if they allow risers, so you can purchase an appropriately sized bin to keep under your bed. These bins are slim, so you won’t have to worry about them taking too much space.
Shower caddies are essential, especially with communal bathrooms. Choosing the right caddy will depend on your dorm’s bathroom, so try to gather as much information as you can. Look for hooks or shelves that make a shower caddy useful. This one is a hard plastic that could be set on the shower floor if necessary.
Depending on whether or not your dorm shower has hooks, this mesh caddy may be better. If you have a lot of products, opt for this one. This caddy is perfect for hanging on doors or showerheads, and works best for a large communal bathroom.
If you are an artist, you probably already have something like this, but this is perfect for anyone. Available in various sizes, pen organizers are so much more useful than we give them credit for. Yes, they hold pens, but they can also hold makeup brushes, utensils, or other office supplies. Get creative with this clutter killer!
Laundry bags are another necessity, and can be chosen depending on your lifestyle. I like this one because it can be hung almost anywhere and doesn’t get in the way. There are backpack ones that are more convenient to some, or others with wheels, but those can be bulky if space is limited.
For some general organization, this six-pack of baskets can organize anything. If you aren’t picky, this would be perfect for you. In fact, if you are looking for a cheap option for this whole list, this set would be perfect to hold any clutter.
Another simple organizer that can be used is a bedside drawer. This offers more privacy since they are enclosed bins, so all of your personal items can be hidden. This particular one does not have wheels, but there are many others that do.
This adorable makeup organizer is perfect for a small room, especially if you can’t have a separate vanity. This organizer won’t take up too much space and can still be set up in an appealing way.
If this is too wide for your desk, try an even smaller three-drawer organizer that will be the envy of other MUA. If you wear minimal makeup or need a spot for other small items, the latter may be better. It’s too cute not to have.
We have all heard of the better way to organize drawers with this separation organizer. If you haven’t invested in it yet, this is a perfect time. Just imagine one morning, you wake up late and need to rush to class.
Having a coordinated drawer will help you to rush out the door with minimal fuss. Go for a regular square one if the honeycomb is too wide for your drawers, or rectangular ones if your drawer is wider.
Dorm Room Decor Hacks
You may have seen this on your social media platforms, and if you haven’t invested in one already, what are you waiting for? This moon lamp is not just a conversation starter, but a perfectly dimmed lamp for late-night studying or reading.
12. Candle Warmers
Let’s hope that you won’t need to constantly keep a candle on to mask the smell of your roommate, but rather, use this candle warmer to remind you of home. This two-in-one warmer can melt candles or scented wax melts and comes in handy if your college doesn’t allow open flames.
13. Command Strips
Price: $7.56, but varies
Command strips will save your life in college. They are simple products that will go a long way for your dorm, either for decorative or practical purposes.
There are so many kinds of command strips that you will be able to find a perfect piece for whatever you want to hang on the wall. Opting for these strips is definitely much better than paying a fine after hammering a nail in your wall!
After you’ve bought those command strips, consider using them for this tapestry. There are so many options and sizes that you can absolutely find the perfect one for your style.These can also be used as a throw as an option in the winter.
This window decal is great if your dorm window faces another or you want to block out some sun. Not only will this stained-glass decal create beautiful patterns throughout your room, but it can help cool your room by blocking the sun. It is removable without hassle, so another dorm hack that will prevent you from paying any fines.
Another WFH staple: a seat cushion for your desk. Still useful in your dorm for studying at your desk or as an extra seat for visitors. This cute crown cushion also comes in a patterned pillow, a rose, and a cat paw. There are so many cushions out there that will both match your aesthetic and provide support.
Stress balls are essential, and I will stand by that statement. They are more effective than you think, especially during finals week. This stress ball is lavender scented to help you relax and destress.
If you are the kind of organizer who wants a tangible and non-electronic way to organize, this is a great calendar for you. This laminated and undated calendar that can be placed on the wall with no damage and reused throughout the year. If you are a busy person, this will make a great visual aid for yourself and your friends.
Space Saving Dorm Hacks
You definitely need to ask your college about bed risers, but if they approve of them, they’re a great way to make your bed space functional. Opt for this one with outlets in the risers. Whether you need a closer outlet or are having a study session, more outlets are better than one.
23. Seville Ottoman
If you are lucky enough to have the space, ottoman storage is convenient as both storage and an extra seat. Having an ottoman is one of the great dorm hacks because you can keep it as snack storage or for games when friends visit. You can also make this an accent piece in your room!
24. LapGear Lap Desk
Lap desks are a thing of the Work From Home time period, but are totally useful for dorms as well. Whether you want to work on your bed or outside during nice weather, a lap desk is useful in many situations. There are several variations— this one has a mousepad and a phone holder— but there are others with cupholders or adjustable stands.
My favorite dorm hacks are desk-related, so any desk organization products immediately hit my wishlist. This desk shelf is great to keep your desk clutter-free and decorated. It’s also a great way to show your personality, whether you collect figurines, are a plant parent, or just want to keep your favorite books on display.
As a paperback lover, this seems like the worst thing to recommend, but it may be the best dorm hack I can share. Not only do you have an unlimited access to books, but this is perfect for buying those huge textbooks.
Instead of wasting money on old textbooks that you may use a couple of times and forget in your dorm, you can have it right in your bag no matter where you are.
I recommend checking with your professor to ask about specific editions, or if a print copy is absolutely necessary. Trust me, it will help in so many ways, especially for tougher majors.
This three-tier cart is a great replacement for a bedside drawer or as an extra storage compartment. It is simple and effective, perfect for moving any items around or organizing everything from personal items to books for class.
The S-type hanger is best for those who don’t like to fold their pants, and need a hanger that holds multiple clothing items. I believe this is superior to the other hanger, but at that point, it is a preference and also dependent on your closet.
Money Saving Dorm Hacks
If you ultimately can’t have the risers, this wall outlet is just as good. While still a traditional wall outlet, it has four additional ports and two USB ports. It even has a smart sensor night light with automatic dimming and adjustable brightness, so you can find it in the dark.
We are all about options, so if that one seemed too much for you, how about a round outlet? These power strips have six outlets and four USB ports, so they’re great for study sessions and gatherings at minimal outlet areas. The cord is also six feet long, so it can be helpful in any classroom or coffee shop.
Wireless charging stations are a blessing in disguise. This will be especially useful for those with many classes and activities during the day. This dorm hack allows you to be a bit lazy; after a long day, you can just drop your phone and watch on this charging pad and not miss a beat in the morning. It’s also great for gatherings when everyone somehow forgot their charger. No more risking your own charger!
Air purifiers are great for stuffy rooms. This small air purifier is perfect for your dorm, particularly if it’s small and overstuffed, and can make your space a much cleaner living area. This doubles as an oil diffuser if you would like to use it as such, but it is not necessary.
This cute little humidifier is too adorable not to purchase. While small, it is powerful and will help prevent dry skin in the worst months. This is necessary for dorms that lack windows and ventilation, and perfect for individual use, because of its size.
Or if you are like me and can’t sleep in any daylight, try these blackout curtains. These are amazing and will literally block out all of the light from your window. These are perfect after pulling all-nighters. Definitely ask for the measurements of your window so you can get a perfect size.
If you are like me and concentrate on work so hard you forget about your coffee, this mug warmer will keep your cup warm enough for an additional four hours.
While a bit pricier than others out there, this one will let you adjust the temperature and has a shut-off feature in case you forget to turn it off. This is perfect for the hardworking, but forgetful, students.
36. FUNME Desk Fan
Vacuums are a must-have for maintaining a tidy space. Simple cleaning gets harder as the semester progresses, so having a handheld floor vacuum. This will help you prevent your dorm from becoming a pigsty.
38. Brita Pitcher
If you don’t know already, dorm water tastes pretty weird. Instead of wasting money on gallons of water and adding to the plastic pollution issue, invest in a Brita filter. Hopefully, you have your own fridge, but if you don’t, label your filter with your room number and convince others to get one for their room. Trust me, it will help maintain some order.
39. Brita Bottle
Or if you are wary of sharing, get a personal reusable Brita bottle. It is just like any other water bottle, but it filters your water when poured inside. You have to replace the filter every three months, but it is definitely worth it. It’s definitely eco-friendly, and easy to refill, clean, and use. There is a bigger size if you prefer that instead!
This first aid kit is something everyone should have in case of emergencies, but to make this a hack, build your own kit! There are various containers that you can use for your own kit.
I recommend building your own because you know yourself best, meaning you can make sure that you have everything you need for a personal emergency.
Always keep various aspirin and bandages for minor issues, but make sure you keep things specific to you, like allergy medicine.
I hope this list of dorm hacks was helpful. A lot of college dorms are different, but luckily there are various options for all of these products— and all of them will help ease you into your new dorm. Don’t stress; let these dorm hacks help you! Share with your friends!
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