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How to Organize Your Dorm Room (And Other Small Spaces)

From adding storage to investing in lighting, here’s how to turn your dorm room into a cozy, functional space

A young girl sitting at a desk with one knee under her chin facing a laptop. There is a bed behind her with several decorative throw pillows in shades of grey and beige, as well as a fluffy pink one. In front of her is a clip board and two coffee cups.

It’s back-to-school season, and whether you’re entering your first year of post-secondary education or returning for another, moving into a dorm can be stressful. Here are four tips on how to organize your new home away from home for peak comfort, functionality—and yes, style.

Opt for multipurpose furniture

Just about any piece of furniture can double as storage, you just have to get creative. Replace a traditional bedside table with this rolling cart from Rona, where CAA Members can earn two percent in CAA Dollars®.

Maximize vertical space

You don’t need to add furniture to maximize your storage—hanging your belongings on walls and behind doors is another smart way to stash your stuff. Head to Staples for a corkboard to organize your work along with some cute push-pins to give your wall that extra flair and earn three percent in CAA Dollars. Need a bit more space? Shop online at Walmart to earn up to two percent in CAA Dollars for an over-the-door organizer to store toiletries, shoes or other small items.

Invest in bedding

Don’t underestimate the power of high-quality sheets and pillows to completely transform the vibe. After back-to-back classes, you’ll want to have soft sheets to relax in. Opt for a duvet and cover set like this one from Simons, to make laundry day a breeze while earning four percent in CAA Dollars. For peak coziness as the temperature drops, shop at Bouclair and save an extra five percent off your purchase for some throw pillows and a blanket.

Don’t forget the accent lighting

Good lighting is important in a dorm, especially for those late-night study sessions. But creating a homey, welcoming atmosphere requires more than a main light fixture. If you’re looking for something cute and cozy, try warm-toned curtain lights like these ones from Indigo, where you can earn up to five percent in CAA Dollars.

Back to school means back to saving with CAA

Shopping with CAA’s Rewards partners means you won’t break the bank. Visit CAA’s online portal for more Member-exclusive offers.

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