02/08/2013 05:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Five Things You Don't Need In Your Dorm Room


Winter break is wrapping up, and it is time to get back to campus for the spring semester. By now, you are (hopefully) well-rested, well-fed and well-dressed, lugging the spoils of a lovely visit home in your cute duffel bag.

But wait -- what's this? If you're anything like me, entering your room might be a bit of a shocker. After the whirlwind of a hectic finals season, it looks like a twister blew through! Clothes cover every surface, you can barely find your bed under the mess, and there is just so much stuff everywhere.

You, a smart and savvy collegiette, are not going to start your term off in a pigsty, so it's time to clean up. And clean-up time is the perfect opportunity for a little cleaning out -- space is a hot commodity in any collegiette's cramped dorm room, after all, and with all those new Christmas presents to move in, something has to move out.

But what should go? Here's a quick list of things you don't need in your dorm room.

1. All the loose papers you have flying around.Yes, those handouts and articles from class are well-written and maybe even interesting. Yes, those flyers have some pretty snazzy graphic design. No, chances are you'll never really need any of them again. Print-outs make up the bulk of general accumulated clutter, so these have got to go. Since you're eco-savvy, as we collegiettes are, I know you'll remember to recycle! Also, don't forget to check it before you chuck it: while most notes won't do much more than take up space, some old notes might be useful. For example, if you're planning on taking the MCAT, you might want to keep notes from science courses to help you review later.

2. Old Textbooks: Seriously?! You still have those? SELL THEM. Just do it. Not only do you clear up space, be eco-friendly, and make cheaper used books available for your peers, but you also get some money back to help buy this semester's books. Really, at the risk of sounding like a used pen salesman, I'm going to have to call this one a true win-win-win-win situation. Check out sites like BookByte,, BookRenter and Swap for buying and selling back books, and also check what your campus bookstore's policy is.

3. Old magazines: You've read them, sighed over the gorgeous dresses and envied the stars' perfect lives, but now it's time to get rid of them. Realistically, there are only so many times that you'll reread the same magazine. Instead of trashing them, however, donate them to your gym's collection! Your contributions keep the elliptical reading supplies fresh for other fit collegiettes and who knows? You might inspire them to return the favor.

4. A huge collection of sweats: Keep a few pairs for the gym and sick days, but you really don't need too many. They're big and bulky, so donating a few to your local Goodwill will clear up a lot of space while also letting you start off the new year with a good deed! Plus, if you have fewer sweats on hand, you'll be less tempted to wear them. Let's make this a more fashionable semester. No slobs allowed!

5. Clothes you never wear: Rather than having them take up space in your tiny dorm-sized closet/dresser, trade them in for something you'll actually wear! Go through and weed out all your unloved clothes, then set up a clothing swap with your friends. It's a fun bonding activity and very planet-friendly. Plus, you'll come out of it with more cool new (to you) stuff!

To find out the last two things you should get out of your dorm room, read the full article here!