By: Meghan Lupo, student author
The anatomy of a dorm room closet is quite complex, as some of you may already know. I mean seriously, how should we be expect to pack eighteen years into a tiny room and share it with someone else?
For those of you who haven’t had to overcome this obstacle, rest assured there are several tips and tricks that will aid in this process. After all, everyone wants to have an organized, chic, and coordinated closet like the ones you see on Pinterest, right?
Lets get started with dorm room closet organization!
Living somewhere new is going to be adjustment but it can be made easier by understanding what it is you’re getting into. So let’s start from the very beginning. Before planning, packing, and coordinating your closet figure out the amount of space you’ll have. Researching the floor and closet dimensions of your room goes a long way.
These measurements will help you understand the space and functionality of a typical residence hall.
- Michigan State University: Armstrong Hall
Room Dimensions: 13’ 9 3⁄4” x 12’ 8 1⁄2”
- Purdue University: Earhart Hall
Room Dimensions: Width: 11′-6.5″ Length: 16′-4″ Height: 8′-1″
Closet, walk-in Width: 4′-4″ Depth: 3′-9″
- Concordia University: David Hall
Room dimensions: 17’6″ x 12′
Closet size: H-82″ W-54″ D-24″
- University of Arizona: Likins Hall
Room Dimensions: 201 square feet (11′ 6″ x 17′ 6″)
- University of Colorado, Colorado Springs: Summit Village
Room Dimensions: 8’10” x 18’5″
You will probably be doing a lot of walking. Pack for the climate you will be living in, and the seasons that’ll happen until the next time you go home to swap out clothes, shoes, coats, etc. Not only that, take into consideration the attire you’ll need when you’re at school.
Unlike high school, students tend to dress down more often than not. So, refrain from packing your entire wardrobe. Instead pack basic items like tank tops, t-shirts, and skinny jeans that you can mix and match with various outfits. For certain events like formals, parties, and job fairs make sure to pack a suit or a little black dress that will be practical for every occasion.
Storage, storage, storage!
Invest in storage bins, hanging cube shelves, and space saving hangers. These are a huge life saver when it comes to organizing your closet, as well as giving you the extra space you’ll need when making this small space functional. Anyone who has done this will tell you that it is extremely annoying trying to fit everything into this tiny closet but by adding a little extra functionality, it will make it more spacious and accessible. Especially when trying to fit in bulky sweaters, shoes, and coats.
I still don’t have enough space in my dorm room closet!
If you don’t live close to home or overpack, there are still more options to make your closet chic and organized! Lofting your bed may be a good option because it gives you more storage underneath your bed. This way you can place storage bins underneath, a cute shoe rack, or a moveable cart. Another option is add a small dresser that doubles as a desk.
Don’t forget the simple things.
There are a few items you probably won’t know about until you need them. Bring a handheld steamer. These things are serious life savers and pretty inexpensive. A sewing kit. I can’t tell you how many times this came in handy when an item of clothing needed to be fixed. Tide pens, which are extremely practical when you realize how annoying doing your laundry can be.
Understand that this is temporary!
If these tips have you feeling a little anxious, rest assured this is only temporary. The beauty of college is that it’s different. A different atmosphere, different people, and a different living situation. Make the most of it for now. Don’t worry about the small stuff. Preparing your closet and making sure it’s organized is just a part of being a college student and it can actually be a really fun. You’ll not only get to design your new room, but meet new people and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Share your ideas and thoughts on keeping organized in tight spaces in the comments below!
Meghan Lupo is a senior currently enrolled at Northwood University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Throughout her college career she was hesitant about solidifying her decision to pursue business, but the decision became very easy after a few business classes that left a lasting impression on her. As a student-athlete, mentor, and someone who has experienced the trials and tribulations college entails she is ecstatic to be a part of our team and share her journey with others in order to help them grow, excel, and enjoy all that college has to offer.