College Life

20 Dorm Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

I’m all about making life easier and I’m sure you are too. Unfortunately, we can’t go back and redo those things that in retrospect, could have been done better. But that’s okay, we learn from our mistakes and can apply our new knowledge moving forward. Here are 20 dorm hacks for college you’ll probably wish you knew sooner…but you’ll definitely be glad to know these life hacks now.

Organizing Clutters

Cleaning wasn’t made for college students on the go.

1. Use an over-the-door jewelry or shoe organizer to store food.

This also works great for organizing your bathroom lotions, shampoo, etc.

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2. A shower caddy is perfect for housing small school supplies.

Get it here:

3. Divide your drawers into easy to access sections with shoe boxes (or cereal boxes trimmed down).

While this works awesome for clothes, it can definitely be a huge help for organizing any drawer.

4. Mason jars make excellent (and cute) organizers.

Use them to hold anything from school supplies to makeup.

Get them here:

5. Use binder clips not only for paper, but for organizing/holding cables.

An instant mess solver.

Get the binder clips here:

Organizing Clothes & All Things Related

Less stress is always better.

6. Do not waste pop tabs! Place one on a hanger hook and voila, you stack your hangers.

Making a ton more space for your clothes.

Watch the tutorial here:

7. Place shower hooks on a hanger and instantly make a scarf holder.

Get the shower hooks here:

Or get your own scarf holder here:

8. Strategically folding clothes will create more space in your drawers!

9. Create a makeup display with an old frame and Velcro stickers.

Just attach one side of the Velcro to the frame, the other to your makeup.

Get the Velcro stickers here:

10. Wrap a plastic bag around clothes hanging in your closet to make moving day SO much easier.

Get the plastic bags here:

Decorating Your Dorm

Who doesn’t want to make others jealous of their cute dorm? These dorm hacks will have all your floormates thinking what a genius you are.

11. Loft your bed as high as you can and get drapes to create a personal space.

12. Use Washi tape to create wall decorations that peel right off.

Get the washi tape here:

13. Have cardboard, material, and tape? Instant headboard for your bed!


14. Use adhesives strips and clothespins to hang a tapestry.

Get them here:

See Also

15. Have stains on your carpet or want something to liven up your room? Use a rug!

Get the rug here:

More Miscellaneous Hacks

Making college easier one hack at a time.

16. Use the spine of binders to make a fake bookshelf.

There are some things you’ll probably want to keep hidden… one way or another.

Get the binders here:

17. Use car deodorizer or dryer sheets over vents to create a nice smell in your room!

Get the car deodorizer here:

18. Use bed lifts that feature USB and power outlets.

Get them here:

19. Put Washi tape on both sides of a cord so you can easily unplug it.

20. Save space by using folding chairs that you can easily store.

Have you used these hacks before? If not, do you plan on using these?

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What other dorm hacks do you wish you had known about sooner? Share in the comments!

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Andrea Duarte

Undergrad student at St. Catherine University. Studying social work & communication studies/journalism. Lives up to Gandhi's quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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