The Top Challenges of Moving Into A Dorm
The Problem: Space at a Premium
College Student Organization Strategy: Alter the Furniture
Lofting a bed is one of the best solutions for small college rooms and helps beat college student organization challenges. This opens up the room by quite a bit because once the bed is lofted, a small desk and fridge or drawers, or large desk can fit under it leaving room for shelving, a love seat, or other essentials.
The remaining bed can be lifted using cinder blocks or another technique. Place storage bins or drawers underneath this bed to maximize the small room’s space.
Couches also fit beautifully under a lofted bed.
The Problem: Plugging In
College Student Organization Strategy: Strategic Juicing, Cord Hiding
Create a charging station. Use a power strip and some washi tape to create a simple charging station. Plug chargers into the strip, use the washi to tape the cords to the back top of a desk or bureau and then plug in as necessary. This is a cute way to add a pop of color while keeping cumbersome cords hidden. Remember that devices should be charged when they are between 40-70% and that devices should rarely run all the way down (except for laptops). If a device does run completely out of juice give it a full charge as quickly as possible.
Organize cords. For electronics like stereos, tvs, game consoles and everything else use a little washi on the portion of the cord closest to the plug and label the device to keep things organized. Any slack in the cords should be taken in by folding and tying off with twist ties to avoid the big mess that often occurs. Labeling makes sure that if students need to unplug one thing for another (say a tv for a hairdryer) they don’t plug something that requires being reset or that could be disastrous, like a fridge!