Best Dorm Storage

College move-in season is upon us! It's a really fun and exciting time....until you realize you have way to much stuff and nowhere to put it. First, if find yourself packing way too much stuff, read my post about what not to bring to college here. Second, below are all the best ways that I've found to store your stuff in college and why. Plus there's link to every item I talk about!

When you move in, you'll quickly realize that anything with wheels is a blessing. If your trunk is big like mine was, then you should especially try to find one with wheels on it. My trunk was so spacious. I honestly don't know how I would have moved all of my clothes without it. My trunk was gifted to me and it was bright pink (not a color I personally would have gone for), but if you're buying it yourself, you have the power to choose the color and style. Trunks are also sold in smaller sizes that double perfectly as bed side tables. For the fall semester I stored my trunk in my closet, then moved it under my bed for the spring semester, which I liked much better. 

I brought two suitcases filled with only clothes. When I unpacked them, I just kept the suitcases with me instead of sending them back home, just in case I needed them. If you have enough space in your room, I highly recommend keeping them with you! If you ever decide to go on a mini vacay or know someone else that's going on a trip, suitcases can really come in handy. You can easily store them under your bed or in your closet if there's space.

(P.S. The suitcase set I have is on sale for only $60 for 5 separate pieces at Belk!) 

This was, by far, one of the most versatile pieces of storage that I brought with me. There are a lot of different kinds of ottomans, but I definitely recommend this one from Bed, Bath, and Beyond or one similar to it. The top is easily removable. It's foldable for easy storage when you're not using it. There's two pockets on the outside for even more storage. Ottomans are perfect for storing small items. Last year, I put all of my snacks inside of mine. I also used it as a stepping stool to get onto my bed. Without it I would have to jump or pull up a chair and use that. It also doesn't hurt that it comes in really cute designs. If you get the one from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, there are also matching comforter sets if you want it to match your other room decor!

 Though these may not be the most fashionable choice of storage, plastic crates and bins are a cheap and easy way to store things in your room. Bins are good for storing school supplies, cleaning, and other general things that you may not need to use everyday. 

  I actually saw this idea on Pinterest. It seems lie a really cute way to organize your makeup and skin products. At first I tried to be really cute with my makeup storage and display a lot of it on my desk and that just did not work out. It was so hard keeping things organized on my small desk while trying to do work on it. And things kept falling off (RIP to one of my MAC blushes). When it was looked good, really good. But when it wasn't which was most of the time) it just looked like a cluttered mess. After about 2 months, I moved all of my makeup to one drawer and that wasn't really the best answer either, but it was a better alternative. I'm excited to try this new way. 

Yet another great Target find! I found this while dorm shopping last year and immediately fell in love with it. It has a great sleek design, but it's made of plastic so it's cheap. It's one of those items that makes people think you spent a lot of money on it. My bed was only lofted about half as high as it could have been, so it fit perfectly under my bed. These drawers come in brown and gray, but I suggest the brown ones. To me it's a better color, it's easier to match, and the brown warmed up the prison cell like room.

Hair care products can take up a lot of space- bottles, potions, creams, sprays. It can get a little chaotic. Not to mention hair tools. By far, the most annoying thing to organize were my straightener and my blow dryer. They're such awkward shapes and my blow dryer is kind of bulky. This caddy hangs on the side of your bed for easy storage and accessibility. I didn't have one, but my best friend did and every time I saw it in her room it made me want one of my own. 

Hanging shelves come in multiple colors and numbers of compartments. It hangs right in your closet or any sturdy bar. I didn't buy this until maybe October, but I really wish I had bought it earlier. I used it in school for my shoes and that seemed to work out pretty well. When I got home I started using it for t-shirts and I like this idea sooo much more. 

I also saw this idea on Pinterest when my makeup collection started a growing a few years ago and I needed someway to control it all. I've had this style for a long time and I really love it. I get a lot of compliments on it. I got my mason jars from Michael's and they came with the lace on it, but you can definitely get creative with yours. My brushes are the only part of my makeup collection that I keep on display and not stored away in drawers (probably because of this gorgeous idea).

Other tips and tricks- 
  • Use the space underneath your bed! It will make your room feel less cluttered to not have things in the middle of the floor. 
  • Use wall space! When you run out of space on the ground, start building up. Command strips are great for hanging up shelves on the wall.
  • Make the most of the space in your room. Just like with wall space, you can also build up. Stack things on top of each other.

Once I move in I will definitely be posting pictures of my room! Can't wait to start organizing!
I'm always looking for new ways to store things. Let me know if you have any in the comments below!

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