6 Ways to Keep Your College Student Organized and Clean

College can be an exciting and stressful change for students. They are finally moving out of their childhood home and going to be living on their own for the first time. If you know how messy your children can be even with you around, then you probably don’t want to imagine how unorganized they will be without you there to remind them to put their laundry away or make their bed.

In order to keep a college student organized, they have to understand the benefits of being clean and tidy. Having an organized home can reflect on organization elsewhere in life, such as schoolwork. Dorm storage can be extremely limited, though, so being creative and thinking outside the box will be necessary.

Organizing A Dorm

You get to your new dorm, or apartment, and realize it’s this tiny box with a small closet, bed, and desk. How in the world are you going to manage to fit all your clothes, shoes, and towels in there? It can be really overwhelming, but not impossible. With a few tricks, you’ll have your dorm organized and clean.

Utilize Storage Seating

If you have space for a futon or small couch, try to find one that also doubles as storage. Maybe you can lift up the seat and it reveals a place to put all of your DVDs, books, and blankets. If you can’t find a futon that doubles as storage, finding a couple of small seats where the tops come off can be another great option. They provide a place for you and your guests to sit, but also to store things.

Use Vertical Space

In a small area, vertical storage is important. Over-the-door shoe racks or hanging shoe organizers in the closet can be a lifesaver. You can also utilize over-the-door wire baskets to store food items, toiletries, and much more. Hanging jewelry organizers help save space on your desk and can be used for other small things such as extra paper clips, tacks, tape, or other small office supplies.

Wire Shelving

Wire shelving is a great option for dorms or apartments because it can be easily installed and taken down when you move. Many dorms come with no shelves in the closet, or they have a small dresser, so trying to maximize options is difficult. That’s where wire shelving comes in.

Benefits of wire shelving in a dorm or apartment:

    • It’s customizable. You can put wire shelving just about anywhere. It can be made to fit in any closet space or behind any door.


  • It’s affordable. We know college is already expensive. Rubbermaid wire shelving is more cost efficient, helping you save money in the long-run.
  • It’s easy to maintain. One thing is for sure about college dorms, they can be hard to keep clean and tidy. Wire shelving is easy to maintain, accumulates less dust and debris, and won’t rust.


Use a Hutch

Desk storage can be limited in a dorm, especially if you have to use those desk drawers for things other than your school-related items. If you have room on top of your desk, a hutch can be a great option for creating more space and storage. Place your books and school work in the hutch where it’s easy to grab when you sit down to study.

You can also utilize a shelving unit that is designed specifically for over the bed if your space allows. This utilizes vertical space, which is important, and also adds more shelving for books, lamps, and other miscellaneous items.

Command Hooks

Command hooks are a lifesaver for a dorm. They can be placed just about anywhere, and easily taken down when it’s time to move out. Command hooks are perfect for hanging your keys, curling iron, umbrella, and artwork.

Under The Bed Storage

Many dorms offer the ability to raise your bed. This can provide space for you to store items underneath it. Try placing your dresser under the bed, if it fits, and add a roll-out cart for easy access. Use plastic, stackable clear drawers that make it easy to find things. Maximizing the storage under the bed can be extremely helpful for keeping your room clean and organized.

Organize Your Dorm with Harkraft

Dorm room organization can be daunting at first glance but with the use of simple storage tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to the cleanest dorm room on campus. With the use of wire shelving, you’ll have an organized room that requires little maintenance. What more could you ask for? Contact us today to discuss all of your shelving and dorm storage needs!