This post, when I shared it a few years back, has quickly become one of the most popular of the summer! With the realization that not everything is completely back to normal yet, most colleges are planning to have students on campus. Those of you that are headed back, I want to share the checklist for dorm room and closet organization with The Container Store again.
Because she was my first to head to college and the fact that she was heading cross-country, my hope was to be uber-organized so I will not be making “runs to Target”. (Plus the Target is 30 minutes away!) Not to mention, my friends have told me how picked over stores like this become at move-in and how it’s often hard to find what you need if you wait until that point!
The Container Store has a fabulous checklist of all the things college students need on move-in day. From under-bed storage drawers and hangers for the closet to desk supplies and shower caddies, The Container Store really has you covered. They have a great offer to help with getting organized! Parents and college students can sign up online to get 15% off their purchases starting 7/15 through 8/15.
After we selected bedding, we went directly to The Container Store. The girls liked these rolling stackable drawers for under their beds. They only have a small dresser with three drawers, so extra storage for clothing is key. They have 32″ of clearance under their bed so we’ll use 3 of the 8″ tall drawers topped with one 6″ drawer in two stacks for plenty of extra storage.
My daughter plans to stack jeans, sweatshirts, and sweaters on one of the closet shelves and selected these shelf dividers to keep everything organized and tidy.
One thing I have heard is popular for the girls is using their desks to double as dressing tables. She selected these stackable jewelry boxes that can be configured to fit their needs. She loves these lucite makeup organizers as well. The iHome Vanity Mirror that has a built in speaker and iPhone charger was a huge hit. I love a muti-tasker that saves space, too!
We did a little bit of YouTube snooping to get a tour of their suite-style dorm’s bathrooms. I discovered that they will need soap dispensers and paper towel holders. Pro Tip: Go to YouTube for video tours of your student’s future dorm. They were such a great help!
For desk organization, she chose the Stockholm collection that is available in so many colors and can easily coordinate with your room.
Don’t forget you can sign up online to get 15% off purchases now through 8/15. Since they ship anywhere in the United States, we send these straight to our school so it would all be there on move-in day. More great move in tips are coming next week!
I would love to hear any tips you have for sending your first off to college, especially any move-in day hacks! Comment below because I would love to share your tips and tricks with others!
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I hope this helps you along in this journey!
Thank you to The Container Store for providing items to organize the dorm room. As always, all selections and opinions are my own. Photos by Mary Hafner
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