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How Much Clothing Do You Need in Your Dorm?

After the thrill of graduating from high school, it might seem like there's plenty of time until you need to start packing for college. The summer before your freshman year in a dorm room goes by quickly, though, and it's important to make sensible plans that'll make moving and adjusting easier. One of the most difficult judgment calls you'll have to make is how much of your wardrobe to pack with you. Take a look at some of these tips to keep your clothes and laundry pile from taking over your life.

Wardrobe Choices: What Should You Pack?

The name of the game when it comes to making smart wardrobe choices is to go for flexibility and rotation. Most college students don't have the time, energy or resources to send their laundry out, and spending a lot of time at the communal laundromat won't always be a priority when there's so much novelty in campus life for you to explore. For this reason, you should only pack the absolute essentials: clothes you can wear to a wide range of events, that you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe and that aren't a hassle to wash.

A good rule of thumb is to have enough everyday clothes on rotation to last you two weeks at least; two dressier outfits for social occasions; and outerwear in case you get cold. There's a reason the hoodie-clad college student is such a popular image in pop culture: the attire is both practical and versatile. Don't forget to pack enough underwear and socks to last you for a couple of weeks, too.

Be Smart With Storage Space

You'll often need to make wardrobe decisions before you know how much space you'll have to store your clothes. It's safe to assume that no matter how big your dorm room, it's smart to look into some accessories that'll expand your storage potential. Closet organizers, bins and baskets that go under your bed and strategic laundry bundles can make all the difference in organizing your space.

A good trick is to keep out-of-season clothes in your suitcase so that you make good use of the interior space of your luggage and also only keep clothes you'll often be wearing at hand.

Forget about that dress or sports jacket you've only worn twice. Ditch the clothes that need hand-washing or that you can't wear on a regular basis. And never forget the cardinal rule of clothes management in college: whenever you get an opportunity to run down to the laundromat to do a couple of loads of laundry, take it. Time is a precious commodity and there's nothing worse than running out of fresh clothes during a busy week.

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