Dorm Room Shopping Tips

When you are preparing to send a child away to college for the first time, there is a lot of planning that is required. Nobody wants to be the parent that sends their children woefully ill prepared to live away from home for the first time, having to mooch off of their roommates just to get by. Often what happens is parents send their kids to college with way too much stuff, and then the dorm room ends up looking like a monsoon hit it.

wire shelf dividers

wire shelf dividers

Of course, it is better to be safe than sorry, and I would recommend erring on the side of sending too much stuff with your child, but also send them with ample organizational items. This will help avoid having them shove everything under the bed or even worse, just shove it in the closet or leave things on the floor.

One must-have for the dorm room is a good, spacious laundry hamper, preferably on wheels and with a lid. The lid is a necessity because it keeps the laundry in the basket, and not all over the floor. The wheels are a great accessory because they make wheeling the hamper when it full of dirty clothes significantly easier.

Another great organizational accessory is an item for closet shelves. Adding wire shelf dividers is an excellent way to split up the space of a larger shelf. These are the perfect items for a dorm, because often two or three students need to share one large shelf. This just makes it much easier to delineate the space.

A final accessory that is perfect for dorms is under bed storage bins. These bins are great for college dorms because usually the beds in dorms are elevated to accommodate extra storage. With a clear bin, your child will have a great place to store extra linens, notebooks and writing utensils, fall / spring clothing (depending on the season), dry foods and snacks – really any smalls items. This helps clear out what little drawer and shelf space is in the dorm and keeps the place tidier.


#1 Dexion on 08.09.12 at 3:10 am

They are neat little dividers. Pretty impressive. Thanks for the article.

#2 Nicole on 08.24.12 at 7:49 am

I love being organized, but for some reason I don’t want to come across as THAT person. You know, anal retentive or something? That’s why my partner and I have started building these super cool hexagon / honeycomb shelves. Geometric, sleek, hip and … tidy. Check em out.