First Dorm Room Do’s and Don’ts
Moving into your first college dorm can be exciting and fun but it can also be beyond stressful. When I moved into my first dorm room, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never visited my school prior to choosing it and I had no idea what my room was going to look like. It ended up being smaller than all the other dorm rooms, so as the OCD organizer I am, I was overwhelmed to say the least. Over time I figured out what strategies and items worked well for me and which ones I had to rethink. I want to share some useful tips and tricks for those of you that are feeling overwhelmed or lost with organizing your dorm room! So keep reading and let’s make moving exciting again, because it should be!
- Invest in items prior to your move that tend to sell out quickly
If you are moving to a college town, stores are chaotic during move-in season and certain items seem to sell out quick! I’ve found these items to be cleaning supplies and command-strips. Buying them prior to move-in day might save you a headache or two.
- Pack only the clothing you truly cannot get by without for that season
If you bring all of your belongings, things are going to get extremely cramped. And when things are cramped, things are messy. To solve this issue, if you have the means to keep some of your belongings at home, DO SO. Bring all your summer and fall clothes during move in, then switch them out during Thanksgiving or Christmas break.
- Be an organized packer
Instead of creating a jumbled mess of shoes, clothes, and decor, pack things with their related items and assign boxes to each category. By packing with intent, your move in process will be more efficient because you won’t be pulling things out of boxes that go in a million different places.
- Buy a lot of decorations
The truth is, the year you spend in your dorm goes by so fast that you don’t even appreciate all the decorations you get. It is also easy for your dorm to start to feel cluttered if you over-do the decor. During the school year, you will accumulate so much stuff that will need space, so don’t occupy every inch of your room from the start.
- Buy all your non-essentials before the move
Dorm essentials such as rubbermaid containers, door hooks, shower caddies, and toiletries are all things that should be bought post move-in. They’re a hassle to move and you won’t know the logistics of your room until you’re moved in!
- Get carried away at the dorm section at the store
Stores these days have so many innovative and charming dorm ideas that you may feel like you need them all…YOU DON’T! While some of them are helpful and convenient, most are better on the rack than in your dorm.
In short, planning your move to college in advance will help you focus on the excitement of moving in rather than the stress of it. Pack efficiently, don’t go overboard on buying ahead, and enjoy the move! Start off the school year with a fresh mind and a fresh space. And don’t forget, Tidy Spaces Virtual Organization package could be just the extra helping hand you need when moving into your new space!
Written by Content Creator Claudia Curtin