Thursday, September 18, 2014

3 Residence Hall Room Organization Tips

We've been in the swing of school for a few weeks now and if you're like me, your room organization has seriously gone downhill since you moved in. Some of you may have not even gotten entirely settled before the start of classes. During my four years living in a residence hall I've experienced living in a variety of spaces, all of which being pretty small. Living in a small space can be challenging, but by utilizing some smart storage techniques, your room at Ludlow can feel like the studio of your dreams!

1) Hide the Clutter

For me the biggest change has been made simply by putting things away. Out of sight, out of mind. Now you may not all be hoarders like I am, but if you are you know the struggle of clutter. Storage bins from places like Bed Bath & Beyond and the Container store have made the biggest difference for me! They're great to put under your bed and on the stop shelf of your closet. You can also buy larger units with wheels to store all those misc. art supplies and your kitchen items!

Girls who struggle with sharing a bathroom may want to make their own make shift vanity on their desk using some make up storage units in order to minimize the time in the bathroom.

Another easy solution is to put up a tension rod and a curtain in your closet to create a make-shift "door." This can really relax the space and still let you have the messy closet that you need.

2) Utilize Vertical Space

While there square footage may be limited in Ludlow the windows are huge and the ceilings are high making the rooms feel brighter and bigger. A great way to better utilize the space is to use some of that vertical area. The doors are a prime opportunity to take advantage of this trick. They make over the door hangers for anything you could imagine including jewelry, shoes hampers. These are a great way to organize some of the little things that end up cluttering your desk.

Another way to use the vertical space is to make sure your bed is on the highest notches on the post, creating some extra hidden space, even if you already have your dressers under there. Getting into bed may take a little more muscle but at least you'll get to relax looking at your pristine room!

3) Control the Cords

Make a logical system to keep all of your electronic cords in order can really relieve some tripping hazards. We all have about a billion different things that need to get charged but there's no reason to have to untangle them every time you need to plug you iPhone in. This is also a way to make your desk more accessible and a better environment to get all of that homework done.


Just by making a few organizational changes your room can feel twice as big and help create a better working, sleeping and living environment!

-RA Charlotte

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