Each student has a preference for the level of cleanliness they can handle. I have always enjoyed being able to see the floor at all times, having a space for everything and keeping my bed made. The demands of school and a social life make keeping the room clean tough. Here’s how I manage my space.
Desk and Coffee Station
My desk tends to be the place where I toss all my things at the end of the day. To prevent this, I invested in this desk topper. With two cubes to keep coupons and papers in, shelves to keep picture frames safe and a place for textbooks available, I do not feel the need to keep the papers piling on the desktop.
Coffee is a staple in my diet, and the only way I am able to get to that 8 a.m. English class. While I am working on papers or endless amounts of Web Work, having this easy, single-brew coffee maker and French vanilla creamer within arms reach is essential. Plus, it is on top of a rolling drawer unit, so I can tuck my bulky sweaters and cardigans away.
Pencils, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, pushpins and other college essentials stack up in my desk drawers. To keep ahead of the mess, I got cheap drawer organizers to keep the miscellaneous desk utensils separate. This way they all have their own place and can be reorganized easily.
I have a lot of makeup, hair products and jewelry so I bought a cube unit to hold it all and work as a nightstand. The small drawers hold everything and allow for easy access while lessening the clutter.To save space, I purchased a clip lamp that I can move to face me on the bed or point down at the drawers.
Over the door shoe rack
This is without a doubt one of the handiest organization tools. There are no tools required to assemble this rack, and it holds up to 36 pairs of shoes. I hung it over the door to my closet and took out some of the bars so I could reach the doorknob. Then, I hung my scarves on the last two rows. It keeps my many shoes and scarves organized while making a pretty display.
I made my bed into a daybed so when I am rushing in the morning, it is quick to throw the covers up and pillows in the corner. When I come back from class, I can plop down against the pillows and curl up with the blanket at the end of the bed.
I bought a plain bulletin board from the store and decided to make it more my style. I wrapped a piece of fabric around the board and attached it at the back. It still functions just like a normal bulletin board, but has a bit more flair. Having this bulletin board also helps keep my desk clear of pictures and other momentos I want to keep but donít store well. Adding your own personal touches is important to any space, but it is even better when it can be done on a budget.
All photos by Nicole Jones