January 7, 2013
1. Bring only the things that you need. For food and clothing, bring most of the things (90%) that you already enjoy with only a few things (10%) that you want to try. I once brought clothes to the dorm that I did not wear and food that I had to give away to a child because I did not like it any more. For books and technology, bring what you use.
2. Keep similar things together. I have a closet with a rail and only two levels. I hang all my blouses, jackets, and pants. All my shirts, shorts, socks, and underwear lie on the upper level. I put all my packaged food in a suitcase at the back of the lower level. All my toiletries are on the right and my hamper is on the left of the lower level. I keep my books on a shelf, my tools in a drawer, and my files on the floor.
3. Clean first. Wipe the shelves and sweep the floor first before you put your things or make your bed. It is easy for dirt to pile up because windows are open here.
4. Put first things first. Make your bed. Store your clothing and toiletries in your closet. Store your books, papers, tools, and gadgets in your study area.
5. Take a break. You deserve it. Welcome back to your dorm!