Get Organized: Dorm Edition

Packing for school – especially for your freshman year – is not always a simple task. That’s exactly why we’ve pulled together a few essential tips and useful products that will help you save space and stay stylish when moving into your new dorm room this fall.

Best part?

All of these products can be found at select Barnes & Noble College bookstores…making stocking up an easy task. We can see your stress levels going down already!

Our favorite dorm organizational picks:

1. Mini Stackable Drawers

Perfect For: storing knick-knacks and other small items

Multi-purpose and they fit pretty much anywhere you might need them, these drawers are the perfect solution to some of your storage problems. Place one on top of your dresser and fill it with jewelry and extra toiletries or use it to organize your miscellaneous desk supplies. Have mom load it with first-aid supplies and let her rest easy come cold & flu season. They’re also small enough to fit under the bed and out of sight for longer term storage – or you can snag one in a color that matches your room!

2. Over-the-Door Hooks

Perfect For: organizing clothes and towels

Hang this handy 3-prong rack on your dorm door to keep all your towels and bathrobes in one place! It also works as a drying rack for hanging up wet clothes/bathing suits when all the dryers in your dorm are full. It also works great in a closet for holding hats, coats, jackets, and more!

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3. Bed-side Caddy

Perfect For: keeping track of all your nighttime essentials

Thought caddies were just for the shower? Well, not anymore! The caddy tucks right into your mattress, so you can keep books, your phone, glasses, and more right at your fingertips – perfect for those lazy rainy days when you don’t want to get out of bed! It’s especially handy when you’re in a dorm room with no bedside table (or without space for a bedside table!). The caddy acts as the perfect space-saving alternative.

4. and 5. Closet Savers

Perfect For: organizing while you’re accessorizing

For the accessory kings and queens of the world, these two hangers are essential for making sure you keep everything organized and visible. You’d be surprised how easily things can fall to the back of your closet, left forgotten until move out day!

Scarves tend to be more of a fashion accessory than a barrier against the cold nowadays, so it’s important to find a place to store those heaps of fabric. Place this scarf hanger right in your closet to keep your scarves easy to find and in one spot…no more searching through drawers and the bottom of your closet for your favorite come winter-time. Plus, snag a handbag holder for the simplest way to keep all of your purses in order and out of sight.

Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers U


Feeling calmer about the moving process yet? Once you’re organized, check out our Pinterest for plenty of dorm inspo! Share your organized dorm pics and ideas with us on Instagram and Twitter @BNCollege.


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