Living in a small space does not mean you have to live a cramped uncomfortable existence. Understanding what activities will take place in your room and then planning in advance for these activities will drastically increase your chances of successfully living and studying in relative comfort. Creating a functional space is easy if you keep these few pointers in mind.
Make every inch count! Think function and dual purpose. Can a storage trunk also be a decorative table? Under beds are great for storing your schoolwork in plastic containers. These plastic containers can also be used to carry items to the showers etc. Prepare the containers for what you will store things in before you move. Pack your sheets, towels clothes etc. in these containers and don't even worry about unpacking when you arrive, just shove them under your bed!
Don't forget about vertical storage. Use bookcases to hold everything from books, towels, to even your favorite coffee mugs. By giving each item a place you will have accomplished a number one challenge for dorm residents.
It is always a good idea to work with your roommates to decide who will bring what "necessity" prior to move-in. This simple step will avoid duplicates and could save you both from having to over pack. If you are already in the situation of storing duplicate items - start shipping them home! You could sure use the space and the peace of mind.
Invest in hanging wall shoe pockets for your closet door. Don't limit it's use to just shoes, store whatever will fit from soda can's to pencils to socks.
Keep you dorm room as picked up as possible. The cleaner you keep it...the more space you will have!
The nutshell solutions to surviving the small space of your dorm room is to stock only what you need and find a place for everything and keep everything in it's place.