Getting dorm room ready for new year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A basic, empty dorm room is a far cry from the comforts of home! But students heading to college can easily make their dorm rooms more comfortable with a few easy changes.

Lea Whitlock with The Container Store shared ideas on "THV 11 This Morning".


Dorm room closets usually have one thing in common: they're tiny, dark and they don't have enough space! Most of these closet spaces only have one rod that offers 3-5 feet of storage - and in some cases this is shared between two roomates!

Before leaving home, select clothes that you really believe you'll need at college or at least for the first semester. This prevents unnecessary items in your closet. And to maximize the storage potential of your closet, use hangers that will hold several garments in a very small amount of space.

Product Solution:

  • Platinum Huggable Hangers
  • Huggable Cascading Mini Hooks Platinum

Walls & Doors:

Due to strict guidelines set by residence hall officials, drilling and nails are often not allowed. So what can you do to make the most out of your walls and doors?

Look to your walls and doors to store more than just posters. Use our Command Hooks that have an ingenious adhesive to allow you to hang anything from a bathrobe to a plant without damaging the wall surface. They easily remove from dorm room walls and can be reused. You can also use an Overdoor Shoe Bag for more than just shoe storage!

Product Solution:

  • Command Designer Hooks


Standard-issued dorm room desks generally don't provide a whole lot of storage space for all the books, notebooks and supplies you'll need to have within reach.

Use the vertical space above your desk by adding a freestanding shelf - this will give you more space for personal items like picture frames. Also, use colored organizers such as this document box to separate projects, notebooks and personal documents that normally would clutter a desk

Product Solution:

  • Folding Hutch
  • Edison Collection


Chances are this may be the students first time to do laundry and there is a good possibility they'll have to haul their laundry up and down several staircases throughout the course of their college career - it can be such a pain! Choose a laundry solution that is portable, easy to carry and will hold all of their clothing.

Product Solution:

  • Round Crunch Can


What can you do to get your bath goods organized and easily accessible?

You'll want to have your shower gear all in one place and ready to go in a convenient carrying tote that has a handle to carry and holes at the bottom for drainage. And don't forget about a solution for storing your styling products that can be stored in a cabinet or the vanity area.

Product Solution:

  • Flexible Shower Tote


Where are you going to put everything else that you simply can't leave behind?

Look for every inch of available space and maximize every area include under the bed, over the door, on the walls, on the floor - wherever you can find a bit of open space. A great moving tip is to pack your contents inside the storage containers you're planning to use in the room this way you know exactly how much storage you'll need and save you valuable unpacking time.

Product Solution:

  • Underbed Boxes
  • Footlocker with Tray


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