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Gracious Girl's Guide: Six dorm essentials

We are back today with more tips and tricks from The Container Store!

And don’t forget college-bound students can create a Dorm Registry at The Container Store to get exactly what they want and need for their first college space. Students can create their registry online or in-store with the help of our Dorm Checklist and our Dorm Specialists.

Oh and don’t forget... Shop Here Get it There

Grads can also take advantage of our Shop Here. Get it There service if they are traveling out of state for college.

This service allows them to pick out exactly what they need for their dorm at our local store and pick it up at a convenient location nearby their college campus. What a time and space saver, especially for move-in!!

To help you The Container Store has created The Dorm Room Basic Six:


Chances are this may be the students first time to do laundry and there is a good possibility they’ll have to haul their laundry up and down several staircases throughout the course of their college career – it can be such a pain!

Choose a laundry solution that is portable, easy to carry and will hold all of their clothing, like this Double Folding Mesh Cube.


If you share a common bathroom in the dorm, you’ll need to have a portable solution for all your shower gear.

Consider a carrying tote that has a handle for quickly grabbing and holes at the bottom for drainage.


Dorm room closets usually have one thing in common: they’re tiny, dark and they don’t have enough space!

Most of these closet spaces only have one rod that offers 3-5 feet of storage – and in some cases this is shared between two roommates!

Before leaving home, select clothes that you really believe you’ll need at college or at least for the first semester. This prevents unnecessary items in your closet.

And to maximize the storage potential of your closet, use hangers that will hold several garments in a very small amount of space or consider a rod doubler that creates an added layer of hanging space!

Walls and Doors:

Due to strict guidelines set by residence hall officials, drilling and nails are often not allowed. So what can you do to make the most out of your walls and doors?

Look to your walls and doors to store more than just posters. A big restriction in most dorms in their policy about damaging the walls.

Most all dorms won’t let you nail or damage the walls, however, you can still add storage – and personality with adhesive hooks or strips!

You can use adhesive hooks to hang anything from a bathrobe to a plant without damaging the wall surface. They easily remove from dorm room walls and can be reused.


Standard-issued dorm room desks generally don’t provide a whole lot of storage space for all the books, notebooks and supplies you’ll need to have within reach.

Use the vertical space above your desk by adding a freestanding shelf – this will give you more space for personal items like picture frames. Also, use colored organizers such as this document box to separate projects, notebooks and personal documents that normally would clutter a desk.


And then where are you going to put everything else that you simply can’t leave behind? Look for every inch of available space and maximize every area.

Include under the bed, over the door, on the walls, on the floor – wherever you can find a bit of open space.

Think about storage that serves dual purposes since it will be a small space – for example, use your trunk as a coffee table or eating surface and then consider boxed chairs that double as storage!

DON’T FORGET! College Savings Weekend Events – June 17 – 19, July 15 – 17 and August 19 – 21.

Sign up the college-bound students in your life to The Container Store’s College Savings Weekend events happening June 17 – 19, July 15 – 17 and August 19 – 21!

The weekends will be held inside the Portland store in Bridgeport Village and will offer great savings all weekend long – and a fun, party like shopping atmosphere – for parents and their college-bound kids.

Plus, by signing up now, they will be entered to win one of ten $1,000 dorm room makeovers!

Copyright © 2016 Mindy Lockard Gracious Living


Mindy Lockard is a nationally recognized etiquette expert and the founder of Mindy Lockard Gracious Living.

You can see more tips and advice from Mindy on #TheGraciousGirlsGuide on More Good Day Oregon and at


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