7 Simple Dorm Organization Ideas | H-E-B

One thing I take major pride in is organization. There are few things I love more than being organized and staying organized! Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just cleaning up. From living in a dorm room for the last two years, I can say for a fact that there’s not a whole lot of room. It takes some planning to know where you want your things, but once you have a method, it sticks! I’ve teamed up with my favorite local Texas grocery store, H-E-B, in a three-part dorm series to showcase some of their fresh products from dorm organization to college food. To kick things off, I’m sharing seven simple dorm organization ideas. Keep scrolling!

Color code everything. 
The key to an organized closet is knowing what you have and making sure everything visible to you. Anyone guilty of finding unworn clothes in the back of your closet? Yeah…me too, y’all. Me too. Though I love my clothing rods, I keep most of the clothes I don’t mind getting wrinkled in drawers. I’m a huge fan of rolling each piece of clothing, because it not only conserves space, it also helps you display your clothes well by color. For shirts, I fold ’em into thirds then roll ’em up. For pants, I fold ’em in half and roll. And underwear? No college student has time to fold underwear. I absolute love these $14 drawer organizers. They changed my life – seriously. Once I finish laundry, I just stuff each underwear into its own compartment and voila! Clean, organized, fast, visually appealing, and visible to me. I also use these chic drawer liners to protect my drawers.
Use the same hangers. 
Using the same color hangers streamlines everything! I love these non-slip hangers, because I can rest assured knowing that my clothes won’t fall off, and I don’t have to pick them up off the floor. Plus, I really love this teal color!
Utilize a shoe hanger and shoe boxes. 
I’m really fortunate to have two closets in my dorm room, so I’ve been using one for my clean clothes and linens and the other for shoes and dirty laundry. I love this hanging shoe organizer from H-E-B, because it’s so convenient to reach for all my most-worn shoes. I also found these 5-quart shoe boxes from H-E-B that are perfect for storing my nicer shoes.
Use acrylic organizers for your makeup and school supplies. 
I love the clear look of clear acrylic organizers. They’re durable, easy to clean, and I can see everything I have inside of them for easy access. I use this large acrylic makeup organizer for my most used beauty products and the clarity stacking acrylic drawers for more beauty supplies.
Use storage containers for clean linens and laundry supplies. 
These large nest stack crates from H-E-B are perfect for my extra towels, washcloths, sheets, and laundry supplies. I love being able to consolidate all my clean things into one place, so I can easily reach for anything I need to have clean towels and sheets.
Label everything.
 Invest in a label maker. Saving your money? Washi tape is your new BFF. Not only is it great for decorating, it’s also a great way to temporarily label your things. Write on it, stick it on, and remove it whenever you need. So easy!
Find a laundry basket that suits your needs.

I know that all of us have different laundry preferences and needs, so I have a few options for you. For you minimalists, this pop-up flip option from H-E-B is 2-in-1, great for multipurpose use of a hamper and laundry basket. For you ladies that are picky about laundry like me, I love this 3 compartment pop-up hamper to separate whites, lights, and darks. And of course, we can’t forget laundry bags. If you’re not into hand-washing your bras, at least use a laundry bag to protect your delicates. We definitely don’t need them to be eaten up by the washing machine! (It’s happened before.)

I hope all of you enjoyed the first part of this new series. Stay tuned for the next two installments coming very soon. Up next: my dorm room tour. As always, you can shop all the items plus some extra dorm favorites in “my dorm room” under the “Shop” section of the site. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Photography by Joyce Tong

Thank you to HEB for sponsoring this post and making The Bella Insider possible. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. 8.23.16
    Ashley said:

    Loved this post!! I'm moving in to my dorm this Friday, and I love organization so this post was soo helpful! I love the Washi Tape idea!

    Ashley // MyWellDressedLife.com

  2. 8.23.16
    Sarah said:

    Ashley, I'm so glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful! Best wishes moving into your dorm on Friday! It'll be a blast! XO, Sarah

  3. 8.24.16
    Carrie C said:

    Way to go, Sarah! This is great.


  4. 8.24.16

    How have I not heard of you before, girl? Your blog is awesome! I'm definitely sharing this post with my readers.

  5. 8.25.16
    Sarah said:

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Hope! XO, Sarah

  6. 8.25.16
    Sarah said:

    Hi, Carrie! Thanks a bunch. I hope this helps gives some inspiration for my fellow college ladies. XO, Sarah