Revamp your room

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If like me, you’ve been inspired by the Netflix programme, Tidying up with Marie Kondo, and you’re looking to procrastinate from your work by sprucing the place up, then here are some tips for your student pad based on the Konmari method. Not only will you be in control of your belongings, but you may feel more in control of your life. Kondo’s method of decluttering aims to remove any physical and metaphorical obstacles that you might be facing.


First of all, before you go out and buy the latest on-trend jacket, think about the clothes you already have. You can go as far as Marie Kondo’s technique of piling all your clothes onto your bed to assess how many clothes you have. I am guilty of probably wearing a third of the clothes in my wardrobe, so think about how often you wear that item and whether it sparks joy (Kondo stresses this). It doesn’t have to make you scream ‘Eeeee!’ or leap around the room when you hold that item, but if it makes you feel good and smile then it’s a sign you should keep it.

However, for the clothes you don’t intend on keeping, there are few ways you can dispose of them. If you wish to strictly follow the Konmari method then don’t forget to thank each individual item. You could ask any of your flatmates if they fancy any of your clothes, otherwise donate your clothes to a local charity shop or take the clothes to a recycling area (normally found in supermarket carparks). If you are looking for a bit of cash and your clothes are in decent condition then why not make a Depop account and sell them. If you’re serious about Depop then you’ll need to take photos of the clothes, preferably shown worn so customers can get an idea of sizing and styling, and you’ll have to organise the postage and packaging.

Another tip from Kondo is your clothes folding technique. Once you watch her video explaining how to fold, your mind will be blown. By folding items the way Kondo suggests, you’ll be able to navigate everything a lot easier than before.

If you want to be mesmerised by folding, watch this video:

This is super cheap and handy if you’re limited on space in your room. This would be ideal for items which you might not need every day, or even put spare bed sheets and towels in it.

Shoe rack, Wilko, £20
Photo taken by Wilko

This could be placed in a wardrobe if you’re fortunate enough to have space otherwise this could be in the hallway and your flatmates could all pitch in so no one is tripping over shoes as they enter the house (but don’t put all shoes on here if sharing, just the ones you wear the most).

Shoe organiser, Wilko, £4
Photo taken by Wilko

Trouser Hanger, Wilko, £3
Photo taken by Wilko

Get more trousers hung up and save on space and hangers.

Maybe you have a limited wardrobe or don’t even have one, with a garment rail you can see what you have clearly. Also, if you can replicate this photo then surely you’ve cracked the Konmari method?

This organizer doesn’t even need to store shoes but it’s a great, space-saving item for small pieces of clothing or random items which don’t have a home like chargers or toiletries.


Now, you can do the same in terms of sorting books as well as sorting clothes by placing them on the bed altogether. The amount could vary depending on how much of an avid reader you are and how much reading is required for your course. Just try to sort which books are most useful for your subject and will need to be referred to regularly, and have a few books which you read for pleasure. If you’re short on space for books, you could also search charity shops and second-hand book shops and buy books cheaply there then read them and return them afterwards.  You can always try to be selective of your books and keep some at your permanent home as opposed to your university one.


Paper gets everywhere and nobody particularly likes sorting paper but when it is organised it does give you peace of mind, especially when revision comes along. You’ll truly thank yourself when you are able to find your notes and important documents easily. Marie Kondo suggests categorising your paper into pending, important and miscellanous. Here are a few storage sets and folders to assist your paper organising. You could always reuse shoe boxes and these are super handy when you eventually move out as they stack well.

4 piece desk set, Paperchase, £22.20 (£19.98 with student discount)

Komono (miscellaneous items)

If you have random bits and bobs which have no clear home, then I suggest investing in some storage boxes (foldable ones are probably best). These boxes can be slipped under beds or desks to preserve the aesthetic of your room. I suggest taking a look at the Wilko or Amazon websites if you’re looking for cheaper options, but Next also offer a nice range of boxes but are pricier.

Geo foldable cube, Next, £12
Photo taken by Next

Furthermore, if you’re also wanting to store food but save space, here are some wicked game-changers. You no longer need to open the cupboard to a tumbling tower of plastic take-away boxes (but please recycle them) by opting for silicone containers which give a lot more flexibility.

Plus, if you want to save space outside of the home, this collapsible lunchbox should meet the brief. It is also dishwasher proof and comes with a lockable lid (so no leaks), a spork and a little pot for sauces, dressings, or hummus if you’re feeling extra bougie.

Sentimental items

Finally, we all like to personalise our pad with a few meaningful objects, so Marie Kondo says not to hide these away but organise them. You can have a few photo frames dotted about, or by all means make a photo album- this is especially good when you come towards the end of your time at uni. Here are a few photo albums varying in prices and designs.

Words by Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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