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Step two: Make the most of your storage space

Make the most of your dorm's storage space.

Make the most of your dorm's storage space. Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Trying to move everything you own into a tiny dorm room won't be easy. If you're prone to overpacking, just get crafty and remember: every empty space counts.

Closet: To keep your shoes organized and out of the way, try a hanging shoe compartment like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. It's not the sturdiest option, but it takes up minimal space and holds at least 10 pairs.

Fit five pairs of pants in the space of one with this hanger, keep your scarves, belts and ties out of the way with this simple solution and keep your bags under control with this purse hanger.

Need more room for clothes? Place these baskets from Lowes on the floor of your closet and stack your t-shirts, undergarments and socks.

Under the bed: If you have space beneath your bed, garment bags can be filled with out of season clothing or in case of emergency items and easily stowed away.

Extra drawers: If your room doesn't come with enough drawer space, invest in a drawer cart with a sturdy, flat surface on top so it can double as a stand for your TV, microwave or lamp.

Shelves: Shelves are a great way to add storage space without taking up extra room. Just find a convenient spot on  your wall and install your own, whether its in the corner or right beside your bed for easy access.

Laundry: It's time to face the truth-- you will have to start doing your own laundry. Instead of a laundry basket, try a backpack that holds your detergent and will be easy to transfer to the laundry room.

Shower: Save yourself another drawer and store your beauty supplies in a compact shower caddy. Dorm showers are no fun, but at least the familiar scents of your old favorite shampoos and lotions will ease the anxiety.

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