Nifty·Posted on Aug 29, 2018Dorm Life Is Hard, But These 18 Hacks Will Make It EasierHow to get more sleep, maximize space, and decorate in a way that's so you.by Emily ShwakeBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Cover your door in contact paper so everyone knows where to find your room. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @leann_julie Contact paper goes on and off easily. It's gonna be way easier for your new friends to find your room when the door doesn't look exactly the same as the other 20 on the floor.Get a roll of marble contact paper from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in six colors). 2. Store your condiments and other non-perishable food staples in a shoe organizer, so everything is easy to access. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @strangexdelight Vertical storage is essential in small spaces. You also can use a shoe organizer to store bath and beauty products, craft supplies, plants, and even clothing! Get a 24-pocket shoe organizer from Amazon for $7.87. 3. Hang an extra long suspension rod across your room so you and your roommate can have at least a modicum of privacy. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @trickoutmydorm If you're a person who needs alone time, a curtain through the middle of the room gives you a bit more privacy to do your own thing, even when you're sharing your space with a roommate.Get an adjustable-length tension rod from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes). 4. Label all your cords so you don't confuse yours for someone else's. thechicsite.com The last thing you need is to lose your computer charger the night before a big paper is due. Learn more here. 5. Attach casters to old drawers or wine crates to take advantage of any storage space under your bed. icanteachmychild.com Plastic drawers are expensive, flimsy, and usually pretty ugly. These rolling wine crates are easier to put together than a chair from Ikea. Just paint the crates, attach casters to the bottoms, and handles to the sides. Learn more here. 6. Frame your posters and photos with washi tape so you can follow the dorm rules, but still keep things looking pretty. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @elenapiga_ Sure, you could hang picture frames with adhesive strips but using washi tape is a bit less effort and even cuter! 7. Put a glass of icy water in front of your fan to fake an air conditioner if your room doesn't have one. Emily Shwake It's not a perfect fix, but it'll be easier to sleep when your fan isn't just blowing hot air around. Learn more here. 8. Decorate with string lights if the fluorescent bulbs are harshing your mellow. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @lil_wheezy_99 You can also clip photos to the wires to make things extra pretty. 9. Make a wall calendar with washi tape and sticky notes so you can stay organized from day one. modishandmain.com You'll never miss a due date when you've got it on this colorful calendar. Learn more here. 10. Collect soda tabs to help save space in a cramped closet. Natalie Brown More often than not, dorm rooms are gonna be a heck of a lot smaller than your room at home. The closet is proportional, so you'll definitely need to cut down on your wardrobe...but not by much if you have enough soda tabs! Hook a few hangers together and you'll be able to fit a whole lot more of your favorite pieces. Learn more here. 11. Hang blackout curtains to muffle any outdoor noise and help you get some extra shuteye on a Saturday morning. Emmy Favilla Curtains add a soft layer that helps blunt the noise that filters through the windows. Get a pair of these curtains from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three sizes and 24 colors). 12. And, of course, use adhesive hooks to hang the curtain rod so you don't get in trouble for making holes in the walls. thehappierhomemaker.com Dorms can be pretty strict about keeping the room in the exact same shape it was in the '80s, so adhesive strips and hooks are always your best bet. Learn more here. 13. Build a book stand out of a wire hanger so you don't lose your page when you fall asleep studying. Evan Ghang / Via Nifty The stand will make it easy to read and take notes on your laptop at the same time. To make it, fold the hanger in half and use pliers to bend the ends into place. Then, fold the hook at a right angle and link it to the bottom wire. Learn more here. 14. Wrap your drawers like gifts to give your desk or dresser a little color. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @audreylirving It's no surprise that dorm furniture is...not the cutest. To make it feel more you, tightly wrap the front of each drawer with wrapping paper and tape it to the inside. 15. Keep a few plants in your room to refresh that stale air and make the space feel more lively. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @dormplants Plants may seem like a lot of work for someone that's balancing a ton of studying and socializing. However, if you get the right one, plants can be easy to take care of and actually really refreshing. Learn about plants that thrive in low light here, or plants that purify the air here. 16. Mix water, rubbing alcohol, and lavender essential oil to make a linen spray that'll help you sleep a little better when you've got those first day jitters. helloglow.co The smell of lavender is said to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and increase the brain activity associated with sleep. To make a simple lavender spray, combine two cups of water, two cups of rubbing alcohol, and 15-20 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle. Get the recipe here. 17. Make a first aid kit with all of the essentials. onehundreddollarsamonth.com Your immune system isn't used to the close quarters, mass-produced food, or sleep deprivation that come with dorm life. You'll acclimate after a few months, but you'll need all the prep you can get for the first semester. Pack throat lozenges, bandaids, nausea medication, and lots of ibuprofen in your kit. Learn more here. 18. And stick a quote on a message board that inspires you when you're feeling the pressure. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @natisnotes It can take a while to get used to the heavy workload, but you've totally got this. Sometimes you just need a reminder of that. Learn how to build a felt letter board like the one above here, or a slightly simpler message board here.