With fall fast approaching, incoming college freshman are getting excited to start the next step in their lives. One of the only downsides? The itty-bitty living space! It can be difficult finding a dorm room setup that feels comfortable, neat and catered to your personality. We've already shared our ultimate dorm room checklist, so now we're sharing Jiffy's tips for getting your new school living space set up to perfectly suit you!
Remember you'll really be living there!
Unlike your bedroom at home, your dorm it isn't just for sleeping and getting dressed - it's where you'll be living! You want to make the most out of the space in your small dorm, and creating an organized room will increase your productivity.
Use as much space under your bed as you can. If you can loft your bed, even better! You can put your dresser, desk and more beneath it. If you can't, putting a bookshelf behind your headboard adds a little extra storage space. Finding space to store the less attractive items like cleaning supplies and snacks is important, too. Inexpensive sets of plastic drawers can be tucked beneath a bed or in a closet to store the items you don't want to keep out in the open. Many dorm closets don't have doors, so hanging a curtain across the opening is a good way to hide potential disarray. Hey, college is busy - you don't always have time to keep your closet clean!
Separate your spaces.
Having studying space is absolutely key. Without one, you'll find yourself trying to write while on your bed, on the floor or in other uncomfortable positions that are far from optimal when it comes to getting your work done. Most dorms come with a desk, but be sure not to clutter up the top of it. Keep a designated workspace cleared at all times so you've got no excuse to put off writing that paper!
Don't forget to use vertical space, too. You can purchase or build over-the-door shelves and a desk hutch, and use Command Hooks to hang lighter-weight items. You can even increase your closet space with vertical hangers and an extra rod if your closet allows for it!
Make it homey.
To make your dorm room feel more like home, bring along some of your favorite items. Your favorite books, framed pictures or even a memento to remind you of home will make the transition less scary. And it will serve as a sweet reminder of where you're from! If you're the kind of person who likes movies or video games, use any spare space as a TV nook. If you prefer a cozy reading spot, then don't leave that out. Or if you have a collection that you can't live without, have a place to display it. Although it's only temporary, this is your living space, so don't be afraid to make it look and feel like you.
Keep your clothes and fabrics fresh.
No matter how organized and clean you are when you first move into your new dorm, college is a busy time. Between studying and socializing, chores like laundry and tidying up are often on the bottom of your to-do list. You need a quick and easy method for getting rid of creases and making your outfits fresh. For college students, the ESTEAM® handheld travel steamer fits perfectly into a small space and can be a lifesaver during busy weeks. No time to make it to the laundry room? No problem! Use it to remove odors, get rid of wrinkles and refresh your favorite outfits in just a few moments. There are plenty of reasons every college student needs a Jiffy Steamer - check them out!