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Dear Storage Seeker:

I knew my college dorm room would be small, but I didn’t realize it would be THIS small. Now that all my stuff is inside, I’m sort of shocked that I’m supposed to fit in here with my roommate, who arrives next week. To top it all off, I play several musical instruments, and other than hanging them from the ceiling (which I obviously cannot do!), there really isn’t any space for them. Right now, they’re spread out on my soon-to-be roommate’s bed – with nowhere else to go. Any tips or tricks you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
James

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Hi James,

Ah, college. Yes – the dorms are in fact tiny, with Dorm Life: Living in 114 square feet reporting that “Dormitory rooms at colleges and universities usually average about 12-by-19 feet….” providing about “…228 square feet of living space…” for you and your roommate, combined! It’s the reason students across the country have started to formally demand more spacious living quarters, though we’re not sure any university has actually decided to change their on-campus housing arrangement.

Anyhow, you need space and you need it now. Here’s the good news: Finding ways to maximize space within your dorm room IS possible! Take a look at these 3 simple storage solutions that will make your dorm-life more comfortable.

Consider an off-site storage option.

Let’s face it. No matter how much you clean up and clear out, there are certain items that simply won’t fit within your dorm room – instruments included! For larger belongings, such as sports equipment, seasonal clothing, and, well, tubas, consider renting a storage unit close to campus. Renting self-storage will not only help you maximize space within your dorm room for items you need on a daily basis, but will serve as an excellent place to keep your belongings at the end of the year, saving you and your family the hassle of lugging them back and forth home.

Best of all, self-storage units offer great move-in specials for new renters, making the price super affordable (especially if you go in on it with a friend or two). With 24/7 security, drive-up access, and climate-control, you can rest assured that your belongings are safe and secure close by.

Choose to live a minimalist type lifestyle.

American television host and radio personality Alexis Stewart once said, “The more storage you have, the more stuff you accumulate.” One of the benefits of having a small dorm is that you are forced to really assess what it is you are bringing into your living space, choosing to only take in items that have a genuine plan or purpose, or sincerely bring you joy. So before you decide to bring something into your dorm room, ask yourself, “Do I really, truly need this?” If not, get rid of it, and don’t look back!

Be creative with the space you have.

When looking at a room, most people tend to view the space from eye level, failing to see the space that is above and below. With some extra shelving, hooks, bins and baskets, you have more of an opportunity to organize your belongings than you may have originally thought. You can even use non-conventional items, such as over the door storage, stacked hangers, and shoe caddies to organize papers, and clothing, as well anything miscellaneous. These items are both easy to use and cheap to buy, making them fantastic for your dorm room and wallet!

By being mindful of the items you bring into your dorm and keep, getting creative with the space you have, and renting self-storage, you can make that tiny dorm of yours clutter free, organized, and dare we say, charming!

To a successful, somewhat spacious, and very musical college career!

Go get ‘em, James!