Whether you’re moving into a dorm room or just a really small apartment, you might find yourself lacking space. This can range in actual physical space or general storage.
This list is gathered from HerCampus.com and American Heritage Insurance Group’s workers. Use it to help you pre-plan how to make more space in small areas.
- Under Your Bed – This is probably one of the most forgotten about spaces. Yes, it doesn’t look great to have anything “under your bed,” especially if you grew up with a mom that insisted you clean under your bed. If you’re organized about your under bed storage, you don’t need to worry about it looking like a cluttered mess. We recommend purchasing the long bins (if they have rollers that’s a plus!) and labeling them very clearly for what their use is. This will help you when you’re searching for those 5-inch heels and running 10 minutes late. If you utilize these bins properly, it will make finding things a breeze.
- Over Your Bed – Consider hanging shelves behind and above your headboard. This will help create space for smaller light items such as t-shirts, an extra blanket/pillow, and other items. Make sure you know the shelf weight limit so it doesn’t fall in the middle of the night.
- Utilize Your Closet – Most apartments and dorms have some type of closet space or system. Some items to consider purchasing to maximize your closet is a hanging shelf, plastic drawer systems, boot/shoe boxes or hangers, belt/scarf hanger, a double closet rod, vacuum packed bags, and limiting your clothing. Aim for smaller things such as scarves to change up your outfits versus 20 different shirts.
- Desk – Try to look for extra storage solutions in anything you put on your desk. Consider the desk lamps with storage options on their base, placing your textbooks in a drawer with easy access, and maybe storing smaller items such as DVDs/games and makeup.
- Above Your Appliances – Once you’ve purchased your appliances, consider buying a small storage container or shelf to hold your food items and other kitchen items.
- Doors – Purchase some door racks for the various doors in your dorm or apartment. These items can be used to hang anything from scarves, jackets, and purses to your shoes, snacks, and laundry.
- Corners – This is a harder area to create storage in but it is possible. Invest in either corner shelves or some hanging baskets to add bonus storage. You can literally put anything in a corner (minus baby!).
- Extra Seating – If you have the room for extra seating, consider buying some that either has storage inside of it or allows storage to be placed underneath it.
- Walls – Wherever there is empty wall space, consider adding some decorative shelving that holds various items such as books, jars of pens etc. You don’t realize how underused wall space is but it can add the needed space you’ve been looking for!
If you’re entering college, moving into your first apartment, or just moving, we hope these quick tips will help. HerCampus.com has some great resources and links to various items that can address some of your storage options. Check out the original article here.