Top 25 University Hacks & Tips: Hidden Storage in Your College Apartment or Dormitory
Entering college already? Oh, then let me give you a quick tip: be creative. Not only will you be able to use it to survive each semester, but also to utilize every amount of space left in your dorm room. So if you are packing your things already, make sure that you have everything essential. With that, we’ll help you with your checklist.
Moving into your first college apartment checklist
Before anything else, let’s first evaluate your first college apartment checklist. Below are a few overlooked essentials that you certainly need to add to your college packing list:
- All sorts of hooks that you can think of – trust us, it’ll be useful in your apartment hacks
- Bathrobe & shower slippers – so you can comfortably roam around the room after taking a bath
- Medication kit and a thermometer – university clinic will always be available, but preparing for a backup can provide immediate relief when an emergency comes
- Post-it notes or memo board as your on-the-go list organizer. It can also be used as a reminder to your roommate
- Stapler and scotch tapes – very handy tool especially for your school documents or for a temporary binding material
- Small sewing kit – you’ll never know when your buttons will pop-out. Thus, a portable sewing machine is a good preventive measure of embarrassing you out
You have checked everything yet? Good! Now let’s be honest here, most of the universities will only offer you a shared dorm room. You’re lucky enough to have a room all by yourself. With the small space left, how will you be able to squeeze all your things in a college dorm room?
First college apartment checklist that you should eliminate
Our first response is to lessen the list of items for a new apartment checklist, giving more space for those that we think are more important. Here are just a few of the unnecessary clutter that you shouldn’t bring
College posters – it’ll seriously take up your space for wall organizers
Stuffed animals – for sure, these will get along the way in the long run
Off seasoned clothes – you’ll probably go home anyway during that time, so wisely prepare only the useful clothes
Pets – some universities disallow while some allow pets. Just to be safe, avoid bringing them in.
Book collections – if you’re a book geek, then 2 or 3 books are okay to bring. However, if you are thinking of bringing in your whole collection, well think again.
Toys – you’ll be entering college to study and brining your cute action figures or figurines will just be a pain in the back – you’ll get problematic as to where you’ll place them.
Decorative pillows with matching mattress – if you get excited about your apartment room theme, then don’t be. They will only become unnecessary as you’ll be needing more space in your college dorm.
But what if you only have the necessary things to pack, but you still need more space to store and fit them all?
Fret no more! Because here are a few hacks on how to utilize your college apartment space through the hidden storage.
25 college apartment hidden storage tips
- Shower hooks as scarf storage
- Shower hooks as shower product hanger
- Shower organizer as a wall shelf
- Binder Clips as chord separator, just clip it on the side of your desks
- Cabinet door as extra storage using hooks or small wall shelf
- Plastic shoe holder as a useful snack storage
- Closet space saver using soda pop tabs by extending 2 hangers using the tin can tabs
- Picture frame desk organizer (for pencil, small notebooks, jewelries, etc.)
- Cork board for jewelry or dangling things; post reminders, to do list, and organizers
- Dish rack as folder and document holder
- File dividers as a horizontal pan storage
- Mattress caddy for extra storage
- Hang an over the door hamper at a closet that requires minimal space
- Ice cube trays for tiny school supplies and small jewelries
- Cereal boxes as dividers inside a desk drawer
- Fold and roll your clothes to maximize drawer space
- Your very own storage box under the bed
- Armoire converted into a study desk
- Hack your pantry with sliding shelves
- Use your headboard as extra storage for your books
- Chair as a convenient pouch hanger
- Extra bed space for a bed shelf for eyeglasses and night clutter
- Closet pegs as shoe storage, just hang them up!
- Hanging fruit basket as extra storage for socks, hats, etc.
- Invest in storage stools
- Charging bed risers to minimize the cord clutter
With all these useful and easy to do apartment hacks, we bet that you wouldn’t get nervous and worried up like you used to. Because when it comes to packing and maximizing space and organizing your small college dorm room, you need to be smart and creative at the same time. With that, we hope that this article will help you a lot as much as it helped us during our college days.