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Dorm Room, Organization tips, Back-to-School

Back-to-School College Dorm Checklist

Posted by: Storganization Staff Tags: Dorm Room, Organization tips, Back-to-School

Back-to-school can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time for college-bound students and their parents! To make the transition into college-life easier, we’ve put together a checklist of everything a college student needs in their new dorm room.

 

Overall Room Needs and Storage

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ClosetMaid Cubecials

Most dorms are already furnished with a bed, dresser, and desk, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find creative ways to store all your student’s belongings.

  • Cube organizers for miscellaneous items (snacks, school supplies, surplus clothing, etc.)
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Printer with extra ink and paper
  • Microwave
  • Mini vacuum cleaner
  • Rug
  • Bed raisers
  • Double-sided tape for hanging decorations on cement walls
  • Curtains (for windows and in place of closet doors)
  • Under the bed bags and bins
  • Closet hangers
  • Closet Maximizer (great for apartment living too)
  • Bedside and desk lamps
  • Mirror – full-length and desk
  • Shoe organizer – Over-the-Door and Hanging organizers are ideal
  • Sealing trash can

 

ClosetMaid Tip: Don’t forget to coordinate with your student’s roommate to make sure you aren’t duplicating efforts!

 

Linens

Space is a limited commodity in a dorm room, so you only need the absolute essentials when it comes to spare linens.

  • One sheet set (some dorm beds need extra-long bedding – check the school’s dorm website before shopping)
  • Towels (two for bath and hand/face)
  • Two pillows
  • Mattress pad (also may need to be extra-long)
  • Comforter/bedspread
  • One extra blanket

 

Laundry/Bath

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Remember, laundry and bath items need to be portable for dorm living.

  • One bottle each of detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Soft laundry bag for easier carrying up and down stairs
  • Shower caddy (needs to be water resistant, ventilated for fast drying, and large enough to hold soap bottles)
  • Toiletries travel bag
  • Hamper
  • Laundry rack and hooks for wet towels
  • Shower shoes

 

Miscellaneous Items

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ClosetMaid Mini Off-Set Organizers 

Don’t forget the smaller stuff! These items are just as important to have as the rest of your student’s everyday things:

  • Backpack
  • Umbrella (small enough to fit in school bags)
  • Desk organizers
  • Headphones
  • Mini tool and sewing kit
  • Air mattress
  • Surge protectors
  • Extra trash bags
  • Air fresheners
  • Portable fan
  • A first aid kit and medicine

 

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ClosetMaid Closet Maximizer

 

Even though dorm life can be challenging when it comes to storage, there are lots of ways to make this small space work for your student.

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