19 Dorm Room and College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try
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19 Dorm Room and College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try

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Dorm Room Hacks College Life Hacks You know that phrase “it’s a small world?” We’re pretty sure that guy coined it from the cozy confines of his new dorm room. And now that you’re all moved in, you feel his pain. Your kitchen is suddenly a mini fridge, microwave, and a hot plate, and your bedroom and living room are – woohoo! – the same thing. To make the most of your space, keep your room organized, and thwart the olfactory loveliness of your roommate’s socks, our friends at Barnes & Noble College’s blog, the College Juice, rounded up these super helpful dorm room and college life hacks for you.


1. Loft your bed for more storage space (if your campus allows it).
Dorm room beds conveniently have the ability to be lofted higher than your typical bed. The reason? There’s much more room for storage beneath it so that you’re not overcrowding the rest of the room. (hercampus)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 2. Use binder clips to keep chargers organized and within reach.
Chargers have a unique way of somehow tying themselves in knots when we’re not looking – but not when they’re clipped to your desk like this. One of the niftiest college life hacks out there.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 3. You can also use them to keep bottles in place in your mini fridge.
Ahh, the notorious mini fridge. They’re small enough to begin with, so it’s annoying when our water bottles don’t stay nestled in the corner where we want them to.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 4. Place clothing vertically in drawers for more space.
It’s also much easier to see what you have in your drawers this way. No more making a mess while searching for the shirt you need.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 5. Place dryer sheets on your fan or A/C unit for an instant air freshener.
No need to buy a fancy air freshener – this is much cheaper. Plus, air freshening methods like candles and wax melts are a big ‘no’ in dorm rooms.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 6. Or, place a car vent clip on your fans or vents to fill your room with fragrance. 
This is another easy and discreet way to have your dorm smelling fresh without breaking dorm room policy.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 7. Label your cables and cords with bread tabs.
Instead of tossing them after you’ve gone through a whole loaf, keep a handful of bread tabs so that you can easily label the cords plugged into a power strip. It’s a pain when you accidentally unplug the wrong thing, isn’t it? (thegloss)

19 Dorm Room and College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 8. Tape a laundry cheat sheet onto your hamper.
Ever wonder what all those icons on your clothing labels mean? Thanks to this handy, printable laundry cheat sheet, now you do. Tape it to the bottom of your laundry basket and it's always with you. (boxwood avenue)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 9. Create cascading hangers using soda tabs for more closet space.
It may be a smaller closet than you’re used to, but you can definitely fit all of your clothing with this easiest of college life hacks.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 10. Cool off a hot and stuffy dorm room with frozen water bottles in front of your fan.
A hot room + a fan = hot air blowing everywhere. Chill the air a bit with a – ta da! – frozen water bottle. (lifehackslist)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 11. Wrap your water bottles in damp paper towels to chill them faster in the freezer.
Mini fridges aren’t exactly the best at freezing things, but you can speed up the process with this easy hack.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 12. Prevent desk clutter by storing supplies in a hanging shower caddy.
Your desk supplies will be easily within reach, but totally out of the way. Now you’ll actually have room on your desk to study. (BHG)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 13. Command Hooks will keep a grocery bag neatly in place on your mini trash bin.
Grocery bags are the perfect size for those mini dorm room trash bins, but they tend to fall out of place. Command Hooks will do the trick! (DumpADay)

14. Keep a binder of takeout menus so you can find what you want to eat in one place.
You could Google 10 different menus, or you can easily access all of them in one place. You can choose, but we think you should opt for the latter. (Gurl)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 15. Use a pool noodle to fill the gap between your bed and the wall.
The last thing you want to do is crawl under your dark bed trying to find that phone or TV remote you dropped. (Life in Random Bits)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 16. Keep a list of microwave meal recipes next to the microwave for easy decision making.
You’re more likely to choose a more satisfying and healthy meal than your usual ramen if you have recipes easily available. No need to spend time browsing Pinterest before every meal.

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 17. Fit two bowls in the microwave by raising one on an upside down mug.
Dinner for two, anyone? You and your roomie can both feast at the same time instead of taking turns at the microwave. (imgur)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 18. Distinguish different phone chargers using Washi Tape.
Basically everyone has the same iPhone charger. Between you, your roommate, and all of your visiting friends, it might get confusing as to whose charger is whose. (shakentogetherlife)

19 College Life Hacks You’ve Got to Try 19. Use a picture frame as an easy dry erase to-do list.
Cute? Check. Convenient? Check. Easy to use? Check. We suggest keeping the frame right at your desk so you’ll be reminded of your responsibilities whenever you sit down. (twotwentyone)

Check out Barnes & Noble College’s blog, TheCollegeJuice.comWhat’s your favorite dorm room hack? Have any college life hacks to share? Meet us on Facebook.





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