Dorm Desk Essentials Every Student Needs
This post is all about the best dorm desk essentials you need to have.
Staying organized was extremely important to me during college, especially when it came to my workspace in my dorm room.
I am much more productive when I’m in a clean and organized environment and find it easier to focus and get work done.
I also spent a lot of time studying and doing homework at my dorm desk. While some people like to spend more time working in the library or other places around campus, the fact is, you will spend at least some time in your dorm room studying and doing homework no matter what.
That’s why it’s super important to create a desk workspace that is organized and functional, so you can get work done when you’re in your dorm room.
Here are the top seven dorm desk essentials I think every student should have:
1. Day Planner
The NUMBER ONE way I stayed organized in college was with my day planner.
I actually started using this style Lilly Pulitzer planner back in high school, so I’ve been using these planners for many years now and they always helped me stay SO organized all throughout college!
Even now that I’ve graduated college, this is still the daily planner I use.
Another popular planner that I’ve heard good things about for college students (but haven’t tried myself) is the Erin Condren Academic Planner. Although it’s on the pricier side, it gets great reviews and I know people who use and love it.
2. Desk Organizer
The desk that was provided in my dorm room had one tiny drawer that wasn’t big enough to store much. Not sure whose bright idea that was, but let me tell you, it was not very functional!
Enter a desk organizer, which is a great way to keep school supplies that you use a lot within easy reach (while still making your desk look organized and tidy.)
I am obsessed with rose gold, so I love this rose gold desk organizer.
For a more neutral look, here’s a sleek gray desk organizer too.
3. Desk Shelf
Like I mentioned, my dorm desk didn’t come with many storage options and we didn’t have a bookshelf in our room either.
A great solution to that issue is a desk shelf.
I like this over-desk shelf because it provides a lot of storage for books and textbooks without actually taking up any of your desktop space. So you still have a lot of room to spread out and work!
4. Desk Lamp
A lot of people will get a basic study lamp for their dorm room desk but I think a nicer table lamp with a shade makes the design of the room look better.
Personally, I’m a fan of this rose gold lamp for a dorm room desk.
It’s still bright enough that you can get enough light while you’e studying, but the light is less harsh and it looks a lot prettier. Plus, it has a USB charging port on the base so you can charge your phone while studying!
If you would rather have a traditional desk study lamp, this gold study lamp with a marble base is a super cute option.
5. Power Strip
You’ll definitely want a power strip to have by your desk, because most dorm rooms only have a few outlets in them.
(And if they’re like my dorm room, the outlets will be located in the most inconvenient places, like under your desk or behind your bed!)
With a power strip, you can easily plug everything in right by your desk.
6. Lap Desk
Sometimes I would get uncomfortable sitting at my dorm desk to study or do homework for long periods of time. Switching things up (like sitting on my bed or even on the floor) could help me refocus.
In these cases, having a lap desk is great for staying focused and getting work done, even if you don’t want to sit at your desk.
7. Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are a must-have dorm desk essential that will help you stay organized and study better.
Every student should have a set of sticky notes at their desk. They are great for annotating books and textbooks, jotting down reminders and to-do lists, and organizing your notebooks and binders.
I like this set because you get a variety of different sticky notes. All you need are a couple packs of these sticky notes and you should be set for the year!
These are the best dorm desk essentials I recommend to keep you organized and productive!
With these items you can easily create a workspace that will allow you to be productive and get stuff done without any stress or clutter.
For more posts about dorm living, be sure to read the following:
- 7 Dorm Room Organization Essentials You Need
- 15 Adorable Dorm Room Decor Essentials
- 23 Dorm Room Essentials That Will Save Your Life
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