Best smartphone apps for organizing your dorm room

Best smartphone apps for organizing your dorm room

July 17th, 2013

amazon studentBy Phil Hornshaw

Dorm life can be one of the highlights of attending college, with all the cool people you’ll meet and be forced into close contact with every single day. Or it can be a curse of clutter and messy living – even if it’s your mess that you’re forced to live in.

With the help of your smartphone or iPad, however, you can make your dorm life a little easier and a little more organized. There are a few apps that can help you reduce the clutter and keep elements of your dorm room under control. Dealing with the dirty dishes, however, is up to you.

Get (and get rid of) your books

Among the biggest expenses in college are textbooks, and if you have a lot of classes – or the wrong kind of classes – you’ll likely have a whole lot of books as well. But come the end of each semester, you can at least sell back the books you don’t need. Amazon Student is an app that can help with that, allowing you to buy the books you need online and sell them when you’re done with them. Amazon handles the shipping, so at the very least, you can clear the space that held your old books and put your new ones there.

You can also use apps such as Kindle and BookShelf to help keep the number of physical books you need down to a minimum. Relying on ebooks instead of physical textbooks means you can jam all the resources you need into your smartphone, rather than carry around 40 pounds of hardcover books that will only last you a semester.

Clear the clutter of notes and papers

Taking physical notes is a drag. You need notebooks, pens and tons of paper – and then you need to keep all the notes organized so you can access them when you need them. Evernote, on the other hand, is an app that allows you to digitize everything, easily search through it, and share over a number of devices.

You’ll also experience a lot of mess in your dorm room if you aren’t diligent about the papers and homework you need to turn in. College produces a lot of paper, and it can be easy to find yourself relying on – and losing – things like USB drives. But you can eliminate a lot of that trouble with an app, aptly named USB Disk, for your iPhone or iPad, which lets you use the device’s hard drive to store whatever you need to. The app gives you more access and organizational control of what you save, too.

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