Dorm room hacks spice up living spaces

The phrase “dorm sweet dorm” may be a familiar phrase to all who live on a college campus. They arrive to an empty, bare room in August on move-in day and try their best to transform it into a home away from home for the rest of the year.

Although there are some challenges when it comes to living in a small space with other people, there are many tricks that make optimizing and decorating your dorm much easier.

(Photo from Prep In Your Step)

Organization is key when it comes to living in any kind of residence hall, and one of the most useful pieces is a shoe organizer. They are ideal for storing shoes, but they are also great for organizing food and school supplies; just hang them on the back of a door for quick and easy access.

Decorating is one of the best ways to make a room feel like home. Of course, Command strips are everyone’s go-to when it comes to decorating, but there are other ways to decorate without damaging the walls. According to the Buzzfeed article, “37 Insanely Smart School Teacher Hacks,” a creative way to hang items is to put painter’s tape on the wall and then use two-sided tape on top. You will be able to hang posters or other items without running the risk of damaging the wall when it is time to move out.

(Photo from St. Norbert College)

When it comes to relaxing in a room after a long day of classes, entertainment is essential. Surprisingly, there are many ways to stay entertained in a dorm room. If there is a blank wall, set up a projector that can hook up to a computer or laptop and place it in front of the blank wall. This is a great way to utilize space and create an “in-room” theater.

Command hooks can be used for many purposes in a room, but not many think to use them as way to watch shows and movies. Hooks placed on the wall are able to hold up iPads or tablets so viewers can watch Netflix without having to look down at the screen.

There are hundreds of ways to turn a plain room into a fun and cozy living space without spending a lot of money. For more fun and creative dorm room hacks, visit Pinterest and take a look at all of the great ideas.