The scariest thing about college dorms is probably the tiny amount of closet space.
No matter how much you try, you always seem to end up having way too much stuff.
Fitting all your clothes into such a small space and keeping things organized can be daunting, but here a few storage solutions to maximize your dorm’s closet -- none of which involve bringing less clothes!
1. Make Use of a Double Rod
Hanging a double rod will allow you to hang skirts and shorts below your shirts. They are a lifesaver because you can hang up much more clothing, and they’re adjustable to different lengths and widths, letting you customize it for your storage needs.
2. Shoe Rack
It’s a pain to dig through shoes stored in a container, and a shoe rack is a great solution that also utilizes the floor space in the closet. A shoe rack lets you display all your shoes, and keeps them nice and organized. Plus, it will let you see all your shoes at once, making getting ready in the morning quicker!
3. Store Clothes Away
Keep items that aren’t quite right for the current weather folded in compressible storage bags on the top shelves. This prevents clutter and makes more space for the clothes that are in season.
4. Use Containers for the Shelves
Make use of containers on shelves for items you don’t use everyday such as purses and laundry supplies. It will make them convenient to reach, and allow you to store more items on the shelf.
5. Over the Door Hanger
A door hanger gives you a place to hang up your coat, purse, and other items instead of throwing them on your bed or floor. If you get an over the door hanger with multiple rows, you can place hangers with scarves and belts on it too.
3-tier wooden shoe rack from the Container Store,
Organize the clothing rack as
shown to not only store you
clothes, but put your prettiest
pieces on display.
Make more space in your closet by placing clothing that you don’t wear as often and isn’t quite right for the current weather in plastic bins or drawers underneath your bed. Depending on how high your bed is placed, you may be able to fit plastic dressers, making it easy to access the pieces when you need them.
7. Invest in a Clothing Rack
A rolling clothing rack can provide additional hanging space that you and your roommate can share. They’re perfect for hanging up coats during the winter. Get one with a rack on the bottom, and you can place your most-worn shoes there.
Photos courtesy of BuzzFeed and the Container Store