How to Conserve Living Space in College

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  • Going to college is a fun time whether you’re a teenager or an adult. If you’re living in a dorm, then you might face a few challenges as there is a smaller living space. However, if you follow a few simple tips, you can have plenty of space for clothes, shoes and all of the books that are needed to get your degree.

    Shelves

    Adding shelves to the room can make a huge difference. Make sure they are reinforced so that they can hold the weight of books and other items that don’t really have a space in the room.

    Double Up

    Make the most of items that can be used for two things. Use a futon in the room so that you have somewhere to both sit and sleep. Get a desk that is large enough so that you can use half of it to place a refrigerator and microwave while you use the other half for doing school work.

    Storage Unit

    If there are things that you own that simply won’t fit in the dorm room, consider renting a storage space at a facility like Stewart Moving and Storage. You can usually find a small space that will be plenty large enough for boxes and even furniture as long as it’s taken apart. If the cost is a concern, then consider asking your roommate to share the space and the price of the unit.

    Under the Bed

    There is probably more than enough room under your bed to put boxes and other items that you want to hide away. Tuck everything inside a sweater box so that it easily fits under the bed instead of just tossing everything underneath. Another idea is to use a loft bed so that you have a larger storage area underneath. This will give you room to put plastic storage containers and drawers.

    Wall Space

    Use the walls to hang pictures instead of putting them in standing frames that take up desk space. Hooks can be used for headphones and cables that are for the phone and computer so that they aren’t lying on the floor. The wall is also a good way to stay organized with your assignments as you can hang calendars and a whiteboard up so that you know when tasks are due.

    While in your dorm room, look at the big picture. Utilize space that’s on the wall and in unlikely areas so that you have more storage. Bright colors also work to make the room seem larger than it is if you aren’t worried about storage space.

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