With summer break coming to an end, the school year is well on its way. College is such an exciting time, especially when it comes time to finally leave the nest and settle into your dorm. However, dorm life comes with its own set of challenges, like cooking for yourself and wondering how you’ll possibly fit everything in that tiny dorm of yours.
To make it a little easier, here are 20 genius dorm room DIY organization hacks to ace your small dorm.
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Use LEGO Figures to Organize Your Cords
Courtesy Life Hacker
This is the perfect chance to borrow some of your little brother’s LEGOs for a heroic mission. Attach a LEGO strip to the side of your desk and attach mini figures to help you organize cords. Add as many figures as you need. Additionally, you can attach your keys to a LEGO block so you can never lose your keys again!
Use Binder Clips to Organize Cords
Another way to organize your cords is with binder clips. Revamp plain Jane binder clips with washi tape to suit your style.
Free Up Floor Space with This Easy DIY Embroidery Hoop Hamper
Courtesy Making Nice in the Midwest
Keep your dirty laundry behind closed doors – literally with this easy DIY hack. It’s so cute and functional, mom will also want one!
Save So Much Space with This DIY Jewelry Organizer
Courtesy 11 Magnolia Lane
Prevent your jewelry from getting tangled with this handy DIY hack. Hang the organizer in your closet or on the wall for a cute wall decor piece.
Use Soda Can Tabs to Increase Closet Space
Courtesy Life Storage
Save all those soda can tabs from your summer break to increase closet space. This hack’s definitely one for the books.
Use Bread Tabs to Organize Your Cables
Courtesy The Gloss
Use bread tabs to label and organize cords for easy wiring.
Organize Your Desk with This DIY Upcycled Organizer
Courtesy The Crazy Craft Lady
Organizing your desk has never been so economical. Check out this super easy DIY desk organizer that costs next to nothing.
Desk Drawer Organizer Made with Cereal Boxes
Courtesy Song Bird Blog
Use cereal boxes to organize your desk and wrapping paper to give it a little spunk.
Altoid Tin Organizers
Courtesy The 3 R’s Blog
A great way to organize small stationary is with Altoid tins. They’re the perfect size to keep on your desk or throw in your backpack. Decorate with washi tape for a really cute organizing idea.
Organize Your Drawers with This Nifty Cardboard Hack
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Unpack your boxes and use the cardboard to organize your drawers. Measure the length and width of your drawers and cut slits to fit the opposing pieces.
Organize Your Shoes with Tension Rods
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Never misplace your shoes again. Use tension rods to organize all of your shoes.
Free Up Desk Space with a Shower Caddy
You’ll likely need a shower caddy for the bath, but consider getting a second one to organize your stationary. It’ll free up much-needed desk space and save you so much time.
Use Command Hooks to Keep Trash Bags in Place
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Grocery bags are great trash can liners, but can easily slip off. An easy solution is to use Command hooks (placed upside down) to keep them in place.
Lotion Bottle Charging Phone Holder
Courtesy Make It-Love It
Keep your phone charging cable and device together with this nifty upcycled holder made from a lotion bottle!
DIY a Desktop Dry Erase Board to
Courtesy Two Twenty One
Keep your important to-do lists in order with this DIY dry erase board. It’s an affordable DIY that only requires a picture frame.
DIY Magnetic Makeup Organizer
Courtesy Consumer Crafts
Keep your makeup in order with this handy magnetic organizer. No more bent brushes and being late to class because you couldn’t find your mascara!
IKEA Raskog Cart Bedside Table Hack
Courtesy Society 19
Instead of opting for a bedside table, a utility cart really does the trick. Not only is it mobile, it’s small size is great for dorm rooms.
Book Charging Station
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Organize Your Kitchen Pantry with Stackable Containers
Courtesy A Proverbs Wife
Get more out of your pantry space with stackable containers. Be sure to perform some measurements to ensure they fit!
Towel Bar to Hang Pots and Pans
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I hope these hacks inspire you to ace your dorm room experience. And as always, if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment down below!
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