Whether or not you’re a veteran of residence hall life, the one thing you can always use is a good plan on how to organize and maximize living space.
Jack Gentul, dean of student services at NJIT says that organizing a room well at the start of a new school year is always a good way to insure that you’ll get off to a good start. “We haven't done a formal study on the subject, but I believe that the less time a student takes to find an item, the more time he has to work on academics and enjoy a social life.”
Gentul suggests the following ten tips for organizing a new residence hall room to ensure a productive academic year:
• Send all boxes home once you have unpacked.
• Bring crates (found in home stores like Linens 'n Things) to stack for extra storage.
• Purchase closet organizers—shoe racks, extra shelves, etc.
• Do not bring everything with you when you arrive in August. Leave home non-seasonal clothing. Pick up seasonal items during a visit home.
• Raise your bed (most beds are capable of adjusting) to store items underneath.
• Bunk the beds.
• Throw out garbage daily.
• Put the bureau or dresser in the closet.
• Use a laundry bag and clean dirty clothing weekly.
• Pick up clothing, file papers and sort mail daily.