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7 Tips to Keep Your Dorm Room Tidy


Starting university or college is a big step! Adding a move away from home makes an even more daunting experience. One of the biggest challenges for many will be living in a small space with a roommate or two. Keeping your dorm room neat and tidy is a valuable life skill not to be dismissed.

Looking for a few helpful hacks? We’ve got your back.

Make Your Bed Daily

It’s the focal point of every room in residence, so take a couple of minutes before class to make your bed. Not only will it make a huge difference, but it also gives guests a place to sit.

A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

Organization is key in a small space. Get a shoe organizer to keep shoes tidy. Corral shampoo and body wash bottles in a grab-n-go shower caddy.

Maximize Storage Space

Use under-the-bed storage units to store seasonal items like winter coats or boots. Hooks are great for all kinds of accessories from necklaces to purses to scarves and umbrellas.

Don’t Waste Door Space

Hang a shoe organizer on the back of both your dorm room door and your closet door. One for shoes, the other for snacks, school supplies or anything without a home.

Clean Up Spills Immediately

Crumb build-up and sticky surfaces will attract unwanted guests, such as ants and mice, so clean spills as you go. Lysol cleaning wipes and some paper towels are essential items in any dorm room where running water is scarce.

Use your Laundry Bin

A laundry hamper or laundry bag will keep your room less cluttered and make doing your laundry much easier. Simply toss dirty laundry into the bin until laundry day. Neat, tidy and contained.

Have a Back-up Plan

No matter how tidy you are, smells can at times become overwhelming in a small space. Pack an essential oil diffuser or air freshener spray to fight odours like wet sneakers, stale food or oily take-out.


PRO-TIP: Make the switch from wood hangers to plastic. While wood may look good, you’ll be surprised at how much space you save by switching to the thinner (and cheaper!) plastic hangers.

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