Dorm Living


Dorm Living – 10 Essentials Less than 10 Dollars Each

It’s a new semester, and you’re getting used to dorm living, and probably missing all the conveniences of home, while enjoying your new freedom. But now that you’re settled in and rooted in the space, you remember everything you forgot to bring to college. You may share a bath with one to four other people, in which case, there probably isn’t room for four hair dryers in your cupboard. Where to put yours? And what about that curling iron? You might have lots of odds and ends and just don’t know where to put them. A stackable basket is one idea. Cabinet door organizers are another great way to add storage and maximize space. And, then there’s the problem of cosmetics. What do you do with your lipstick and eye makeup? Now that you’re actually in your space, you can better evaluate what you really need to keep yourself organized. Read on for 10 inexpensive dorm living essentials – all under 10 dollars (some are as low as 7 – great for a girl or guy on a budget).

wall mount blow dryer holder

1. Wall Mount Blow Dryer Holder

Install the blow dryer holder on the wall or on a cabinet, and your hairdryer is accessible and ready to use. Plus it won’t hog space in your cabinet.

curling iron holder over door

2. Curling Iron Holder – Over Door

Over door hangers are great when you’re short on space. This curling iron holder comes in nickel and bronze and can also hold your hair dryer. It takes up little space and requires no hardware.

dorm living silver stackable tray

3. Silver Mesh Stackable Tray

This stacking tray gives you a place to put notes, mail, class assignments, printed homework and other paper items that need organizing. Buy as many as you need to manage your paper clutter.

magnetic chalkboard

4. Magnetic Chalkboard

This magnetic chalkboard attaches to any metal surface and is a great place for you and your roommates to leave notes, poems and random thoughts. Nice thing is you can erase them.

acrylic vanity holder

5. Acrylic Vanity Organizer

Lipstick and eye makeup won’t end up in unexpected places – or lost forever – when you use this lightweight little acrylic organizer. Keep makeup here and you won’t find mascara globs in your purse or backpack.

over the door hook rack

6. Over the Door Hook Rack

The over-the-door hook Rack is the perfect solution for dormroom space crunches. Create storage for towels, jackets and other items instantly. No hardware or tools required.

pop and fold laundry basket

7. Pop and Fold Laundry Basket

Lugging laundry is bad enough, but the weight of large plastic baskets just adds to the chore. Plus baskets take up space, which is premium when you live in a dorm. When you’re done with this lightweight basket you can fold it up for compact storage.

bedside storage caddy

8. Bedside Storage Caddy

This denier bedside storage caddy is a fabulous indulgence because you can keep magazines, notebooks and other reading materials right on your bed. It has storage for tissue, a pocket for cell phones and larger pockets for books, magazines and tablets. Use it to make a mini-entertainment center right on your bed.

foldable cell phone holder

9. Foldable Cell Phone Holder

This super-slim folding cell phone charging station attached to any outlet and folds up when not in use. This is also a great way to keep track of your phone if you make it a habit to charge it when you come home.

stckable plastic storage basket

10. Stackable Plastic Storage Basket

This stacking basket is ideal for storing all those things that tend to get scattered around your room – a versatile dorm accessory. Use it for bathroom products, makeup, devices or other small items. It’s about 9 inches long and comes in several cool colors.

Enjoy your semester and if you need accessories for dorm living, be sure to check out our websites. You might also like our Dorm Pinterest Board for TONS of dorm organizing and decorating ideas. Also read about dorm essentials here on our blog.