By Chris Higley of Sterilite Corporation
This is Part One of a two part mini-series aimed at improving your life in a dorm, mainly through utilizing storage effectively and stylishly. This particular quick read focuses on organizing and storing your stuff. Plus, it gives you above-and-beyond ideas to keep your room fresh and smelling nice.
Settling into a dorm room includes setting up belongings to suit your personal style and creating a comfortable living environment. In the midst of classes and other activities, life can get hectic and things will get messy.
I can tell you these things from firsthand experience as I’m heading into my senior year at Bentley University, a four-year university in Waltham, MA. By trudging through my own learning curve, I have picked up tricks and life hacks for making dorm life easier. Whether you are an incoming freshman or already have at least a year under your belt, these tips can make your transition to living at school easier. Without further ado, here are a few ways to attain a greater peace of mind at your school living space.
Organizing Your Way into Less Stress and Easier Living
One way to make your life easier for each of the challenges that face any college student living on campus is to use storage containers to transport and keep your stuff organized. Creating an organized dorm room can also reduce stress and improve the feeling of the dorm room for you and your visitors.
A Fresh Way to Keep Your Sporty Supplies
Many students at college tend to be active, whether they are involved in academic activities, clubs or intramural sports. Taking advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom is fun and healthy. A drawback can be athletic equipment spread out around a dorm room creating a sense of near-chaos that can cause extra stress. If you’re anything like me, you want to reduce stress where you can.
There is convenience and peace of mind that the typical storage boxes bring you; and then there’s the next level up. Sterilite’s 32 Quart Fresh Scent Storage Box, which can fit under even a low set bed, is able to neutralize odors and provides a light, fresh scent with a compartment for your favorite dryer sheets. This comes in handy especially when storing frequently worn athletic shoes or cleats, baseball mitts and so on. Moreover, the securing latch supports a seal-like quality helping to conceal any unwanted odors.
Having a fresh smelling dorm room can do wonders for your comfort, peace of mind and general living quality. Also, because most schools discourage flame in the room and room sprays can be a hassle; Reed Diffusers are a low-maintenance, long-lasting and affordable way to enhance the aroma of your whole room.
Pro-Tip for Stylishly Organized Storage
To conceal under-bed storage when your comforter doesn’t quite reach the ground, you can use a stylish blanket or fitting tapestry to make the storage space beneath the bed less conspicuous while adding your personal touch on the room.
Storage itself can also look stylish enough, with stacking drawers or crates. Sterilite File Crates, like the ones shown in the picture, are a fun way to store and display your stuff that shows off your trendy side. You can put water bottles, books, laundry detergent or even your soccer ball in each of these crates. Did I mention they are easy to stack? This allows you to set them up however you want and further personalize this cool room feature.
Another helpful way to store items, like clothes and shoes, is with the different stacking drawers. Some great ones to use are Sterilite’s 6 Quart Stacking Drawer, the 16 Quart Stacking Drawer and 27 Quart Stacking Drawer. Again, the simple stacking feature allows for a customized stack, however you want to set up the drawers. A stack of a few drawers can fit under your dorm room bed, depending of course on how high your bed is. The clear front of each drawer makes it easy to remember what stuff is where and to easily find what you need. When everything has its place and you know where all your stuff is, life in the dorm room gets a lot simpler and more relaxing.
I hope these tips will help to enhance your dorm experience. Stay organized, study smart and have fun! Keep an eye out for the next issue of this helpful series that will pop up before the end of the summer!