How to Declutter Your Dorm Room
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How to Declutter Your Dorm Room

A short guide to help you take car of the mess in your dorm room.

If you are like most college freshmen, then your experience with a dorm room is limited. A place of residence of this type is usually incredibly small and occupied by another person as well. Sometimes you have two roommates. Sometimes you and these two other two people have to share a room made for two roommates, just because there are so many dorm dwellers.

Living in this kind of situation can get awfully crowded. This means that things are going to get messy. If you are the type of person that goes crazy when the clothes end up on the floor, then here are a few steps to keeping your dorm room nice and tidy.

Filing System

One of the worst things you can o when you start living in a dorm is cluttering your desk. When this happens, you limit the amount of space you have to do homework and the process of cleaning can be a waste of time, since its just going to happen again. The best way to combat this is to go to your nearest office supply store and buy a small filing system. It should be small enough to fit under your bed, but big enough to hold a lot of papers. Into this, put all extra class papers and homework assignments you are not using on a daily basis. If you can find one that stores more than just paper, then all your stuff, not just papers, sitting on the desk, should be a breeze to take care of.

Extra Space

One of the main reasons dorm rooms can get so messy is that occupants don’t have a lot of space to put stuff. You can add a little more room to your dwelling by buying a set of bed risers, assuming your college allows it. By doing this, you are giving yourself a few extra inches of space, which may not seem like a lot, but in reality, can give you the extra space you need to fit larger items under your bed, that were originally taking up unnecessary space.


A crate of some sort can also do wonders. A lot of students find themselves using space putting random items they use on a daily basis out in plain sight, taking up space. By buying a crate of some sort, preferably one that has separate compartments, then you can put all of your stuff into it that would normally be sitting out, sticking out like a sore thumb.


Clothes all over the floor are always a big issue. You most likely already have one of these, but if not, go get a laundry basket of some sort. Usually ones with straps, so that you can just pick them up and head for the laundry room, are best. If you already have one, use it already! A lot of people seem to ignore the fact that it exists, throwing their clothes all over the floor. This takes up floor space, which make your room seem small and cramped, and possibly smelly. Fix this, and a large part of your problem should dissipate.

By following these simple steps, you should be able to take care of that clutter and make your small space a little better to live in.

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