Your child has been accepted to a university, congratulations! Four great years of stimulating classes, new friendships and an influx of lasting memories await. But before you drop them off, help them get settled with this essential guide to setting up a dorm.
One thing college dorms aren’t known for is space. The average dorm room, according to the internet, is about 228 square feet of living space – about the size of a living room. While this might not seem too bad, most college dorm rooms are shared between roommates, so things could get tight. However, there are ways to help maximize your child’s new home away from home with a little organization and a few storage options.
If your kid has more electronic devices than your neighborhood RadioShack, you may want to purchase several power strips to ensure there’s a plug-in point for each of their gadgets. They’ll also need a way to manage the inevitable masses of entangled cords. Search the web with them for DIY solutions, which range from building personal charging stations to color coding cables.
While you might think that wall space is reserved for posters, tapestries and photo collages, think again. You can use general purpose hooks and hangers that adhere to the wall for an undamaging and stable, yet easily removable, option to hang up lights, instruments or wall art. Another worthy investment is an over-the-door pocket shoe rack – a great, space-efficient way to store footwear, sweaters or jewelry. Adding a rug can add a decorative element, but it is also creates personal space and keeps toes warm.
When you were a kid, your idea of cleaning your room probably involved haphazardly stuffing everything under your bed. Guess what? Not much has changed. Help your child get their bags, blankets, shoes and boxes out of the way by placing them underneath the bed. If their twin bed is low to the ground, it’s easy to add up to eight inches with bed risers, allowing sufficient storage space for large items like a trunk. Quick note about bedding, you’ll need to purchase sheets and comforters that are Twin XL, but more importantly, a twin mattress cover. Unless they’re enrolled in the Mattress Academy, their bed is probably going to need a little more cushion for comfort.
A college dorm can serve many purposes: it’s a bedroom, lounge area, kitchen and study. Help your new college freshman get the most out of their room by reducing clutter and maximizing storage space!