If you are like me, you may have found yourself returning from the long break somehow with more stuff than you left with. In most cases that would be fine — you can just stuff the extras somewhere, right? However, when you live in a 9-by-11 room, space can be a commodity. The easiest solution would be to simply get rid of some things, but if you are not quite ready to live that minimalist lifestyle just yet, here are some tips and tricks to help you maximize space in your dorm room.
The first trick you can try is to use the filing technique to store your clothes. Popularized by Marie Kondo, the filing method is a way of folding and storing your clothes that resemble files in a drawer. This method helps you not only be able to see all of your clothes at once because the tops are face up, but it also allows you to get way more items into one drawer. Another great way to save space with your clothes is to buy a closet extender. These extenders hook onto the rail in your closet and allow you to hang things on two levels, optimizing your closet space.
The next way to help you extend your space is to use stackable crates or bins. When you have limited space on the ground, building up is the best option. This method is commonly used in larger cities where space is limited. You can stack these crates three to four high and use them to store whatever you want: groceries, cleaning supplies, shoes — you name it. Another plus to this method is that putting things in bins or crates makes your stuff look much more organized, even if it is just thrown into the bins. When your room looks organized, it often will feel larger and look cleaner.
A big mistake that a lot of people make is not utilizing the space that they have under their beds. Whether your bed is lofted or not, there is a lot more space under there than you think! Putting things under your bed that you don’t use very often will not only make your room look cleaner but will also allow you to put the essentials in places that are more accessible.
Whether you live in a dorm room or just a shoebox apartment, there are always ways to make the most of the space that you have. Having your room clean and organized will make it easier for you to focus. A clean room makes a clean mind. If you try all these methods and still have things that just won’t fit, you can always try putting some things in your roommate's closet!