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6 Dorm Room Closet Upgrades That Are Worth Your Time

It’s almost time to pack up your life into a few boxes and head to school. Whether you’re getting ready to take your first step on campus or you’re going back to your faithful stomping grounds, one thing is crucial: making the most of your small closet space.

We know that dorms aren’t nearly as huge as Gossip Girl made them out to be and you need to find place in your shared home for all of your favorite sweatshirts (trust us, you’ll most likely wear those more than anything else), so we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make your dorm closet feel like a closet worthy of Blair Waldorf. 

1. Portable Drawers

These movable drawers are seriously a must-have for any dorm room. Not only are they incredibly easy to move, but they also provide necessary storage that your dorm might be lacking. You can find these containers here, and we promise you that they (whether it be to store your clothes or your snacks) will be one of your best dorm room investments. 

2. Drawer Dividers

If you’re using those movable drawers to store your underwear or socks, you might want to consider getting some drawer dividers. This will help keep your closet organized and reduce the risk of unmatched socks!

3. Sheer Curtain

Believe it or not, not all college dorm closets have a door. No matter how hard you try, your closet will not always look put together, so a door of some sort is crucial in this space. There’s a simple and adorable fix for this problem, and that would be to make your own curtain to close off the space. All you need is a tension curtain rod (you can find these at any superstore) that will fit in the space of your closet and a curtain of your choice for the cutest way to cover your closet!

4. Cami Organizer 

Okay, you’re most likely not alone if your cami collection slowly eats away all of your storage space. If you’re looking for the perfect way to get rid of this problem, just buy an accessory hanger from your local superstore and string the straps of your cami over the hook! They’ll all line up against one another and drastically reduce the taken-up space in your closet. 

5. Hanging Shoe Rack

Seriously, these are lifesavers! If you’re like us and have one too many pairs of shoes (but can’t part with any of them), the perfect way to store them is over the door. They’ll be out of your way and neatly stored for when you need them next.

6. Hair Tool Organizer

We know how difficult it can be to actually put your curling iron away, so this organizer keeps it out of sight and out of mind. All you need to hang it up is a removable command strip, and voila!

We know you won’t have much space in your new home, and trust us, it will fill up fast. There’s only so much you can do with a space to make it feel bigger, but we know it will feel like home in no time!

Allie Maniglia served as the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Penn State from 2017-2018. She majored in public relations with minors in international studies and communication arts and sciences. If she's not busy writing away, you can find her planning her next adventure (probably back to the U.K.), feeding an unhealthy addiction to HGTV or watching dog videos on YouTube.