Starting college (or starting a new semester) is an exciting time. One of the most fun parts of it can be settling into your dorm room and making it your own. It may seem like you have a lot of limitations ─ space not being the least of them ─ but with some smart and creative tricks, it’s actually pretty easy to turn your dorm room into a space that is both functional and stylish.
The first step is to organize your dorm. Once everything has its own place, you’ll find it much easier to start layering in the decor. The organization itself can be chic if you’re willing to do some fun DIY projects. You can transform your dorm room organizing on a small budget with some easy tricks.
Here are 10 dorm room organizing ideas that I found across the web. They will all help save you a lot of space and a lot of headache, not to mention look super stylish while doing it.
Dorm Room Organizing Ideas
Glass jars are a stylish way to hold office supplies, earbuds, and other small objects. To personalize them, spray paint the lid gold or another color. You can even get creative by spray-painting some plastic animals and gluing them to the top.
Source: Sayeh Pezeshki
Tiered carts are an excellent way to provide shelving and storage space in a small space such as a dorm. They even come on wheels so they are easy to move around. Let it serve as your bedside table, place it next to your desk, or even use it in your bathroom to hold towels and toiletries.
Source: The Everygirl
There are a variety of pretty clipboards you can find that look great hung on the wall. You can clip anything to them – a calendar, schedule, notes, etc – and switch them out as needed.
Source: 11 Magnolia Lane
A vertical file holder takes advantage of wall space and gives you a great place to store notepads, files, magazines, and other paperwork.
To make room in your cabinets, mount a piece of wood (which you can personalize) to the side of a cabinet or on the wall and hang your coffee cups from there. It’s cute and frees up some shelf space.
Source: Pennywise Cook
Get rid of any confusion with electrical chords by labeling them with tape. You can purchase colored tape or customize them yourself with markers.
Source: The Chic Site
When you’re moving into your dorm, it can be easy to get chords mixed up. An easy way to avoid this is by using toilet paper rolls to hold them and labeling them accordingly. You can even personalize these with some pretty tape or markers.
Source: One Good Thing
Magazine holders can serve as a stylish holder for your hair products, such as straightening and curling irons. Just make sure they aren’t hot when you put them away.
This IKEA hack for the wooden slats meant for their children’s beds can also hang on the wall and offer tons of space for hanging buckets and other items.
Source: Ich Designer
Cork boards are incredibly useful for pinning notes, calendars and other important items to. They can even serve as inspiration boards. These were customized with paint to get a chevron pattern.
Source: Sarah Dorsey via Houzz (Tutorial)
Hope you have a great semester!