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Universities and colleges in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Maryland areas are heading back to school and moving into their dorm rooms for the upcoming semester. One of the biggest challenges for college students living in a dorm is adjusting to a very small space with one or more roommates. Dorm rooms can be a very confined area, some averaging only 300 square feet, so storage space needs to be optimized as much as possible. We recommend storing any items you may need later in life—like when you graduate and move into your first home—in a self-storage unit while you are at school. But for the essential items you need this semester, included below are dorm room organization and dorm room storage tips to help maximize space and put yourself in a position for success in the classroom! 

Dorm Storage and Organization Tips

ezStorage created the “Ultimate College Back-to-School Packing Guide” to provide a college back to school checklist for first year students and parents. The college dorm supplies list does include under the bed storage bins, which are great out-of-the-way storage options. But, as students accumulate more items throughout the semester, they can run out of storage space in their dorm room sooner rather than later. In order to declutter the dorm room and create more livable space to study, eat and relax after class, we’ve highlighted four of the best dorm storage ideas and tips for dorm room organization.

  • Mattress Caddy: Save significant space by replacing your bedside table with a mattress caddy. A mattress caddy stays stable by sliding under your mattress to lock in, and provides room for your charging phone, books, and other items. A mattress caddy can be purchased for around $10 and is a great product for organizing dorm rooms.
  • Over-the-door Hamper: Dorm storage space can be improved by removing the large hamper in the corner of your room and replacing that item with an over-the-door hamper. This product will create more livable space by hanging from your bedroom door, staying off the ground to no longer waste valuable areas of your dorm.
  • Soda Can Tabs: This little-known dorm room organization tip can save valuable space in your closet. Instead of purchasing hanger and closet organizing products from your local department store, begin saving your soda can tabs. By then looping these tabs from a hanger—and then hanging another hanger from that soda tab—you can nearly double your closet space while keeping your clothes wrinkle free throughout the year.
  • Ironing TV Table: By wrapping fabric around your TV table, you can turn this into a more practical foldable ironing table. This smaller, more compact version of an ironing board requires far less storage space than a traditional ironing board and helps you accomplish the same wrinkle-free goals when it’s time to put your best foot forward on the weekend.

Dorm Storage for College Students

ezStorage offers month-to-month self-storage unit leasing options, which are perfect for college student storage while school is out for the summer. After keeping your dorm room as organized as possible, the most efficient way to keep your furniture and school items safe and out of the way over the summer when you move back home is by placing them in a self-storage unit. ezStorage has college student storage unit sizes ranging from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’ to cover any student’s storage needs. We also offer climate controlled storage units, which can protect student art projects and artwork, musical instruments or sporting equipment that will not fit in a small dorm room—even if it is expertly organized.

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White water rafting trips are great for the whole family. Besides the memories you will create while collectively battling the rapids, the paddling required to keep pace is excellent exercise. The Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas are within a short drive to many exciting destinations for white water rafting trips.

These areas include several white water rafting options for a wide range of skill levels, from novice rafter to experienced veteran. The destinations below are within a one-day trip from Baltimore and DC, and are worth checking out while there’s still time to splash around in the late summer sun.

White Water Rafting Baltimore

The white water rafting tours near Baltimore vary in length depending on the difficulty. One of the most popular trips is a six and half mile course traveling through Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The excursions travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a set river course that goes from easy floating to challenging rapids. Harpers Ferry, in the mountains of West Virginia, is the starting point for the rafting tours. The historic city is a meeting point of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers causing gentle to difficult rapids to form depending on the time of the year and the water flow.

White Water Rafting Washington DC

The white water rafting trips near our nation’s capital feature multiple tours that are available on both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. This includes River & Trail Outfitters, River Riders, and Potomac Paddle sports. Many of these companies also offer other activities such as tubing, stand-up paddle boarding, canopy tours and zip-lining. But the main attraction here is the white water rafting opportunities that vary in skill level and length. These white water rafting areas near Washington, D.C. will take you through parts of Harpers Ferry National Park as well, along with C & O Canal National Park.

Storing Sports Equipment in Washington, D.C and Baltimore

When the white water rafting season ends, it’s important to properly store your sports equipment to make sure it is in optimal shape for next summer. Most types of sports equipment will last years if it is properly taken care of, and white water rafting paddles, helmets and boats are among these types of items. ezStorage offers a wide variety of storage unit sizes designed to fit your household, business and sports storage needs. Stop by one of our several self storage locations throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas to learn more about how we can help you save money today and maximize the storage experience.

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In late August, MLB.com’s playoff probability machine was giving the Baltimore Orioles a 52 percent chance of advancing to the postseason. Baltimore is trailing both the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox by a slim margin in the American League East. However, despite being slotted in third place in their division, the Orioles are also holding off the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the AL at the moment.

Meanwhile, the crosstown Washington Nationals 2016 Playoff Race is nearly over. They lead the second-place Miami Marlins by nearly 10 games in the National League East. If not for the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs, and American League West leading Texas Rangers, the Nats would have the best record in all of baseball. Bryce Harper and company also appear increasingly ready for the challenge ahead as the 2016 Nationals playoffs push winds down.

A Washington, D.C. vs Baltimore, Maryland battle has never occurred on Major League Baseball’s biggest stage since the Nationals came into existence. But the possibility of such a neighborhood showdown in the World Series is certainly in play this year. Despite their success, the Nationals continued to get better by adding a veteran reliever with September approaching to help bolster their bullpen.

2016 Nationals Playoffs Race

Washington adds Marc Rzepczynski for the 2016 Nationals Playoffs Race according to The Associated Press:

“The Washington Nationals acquired reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, giving the NL East leaders another left-hander in the bullpen. Oakland also sent $500,000 to be paid on Sept. 30 to the Nationals for minor league infielder Max Schrock. The Nationals have reshaped their relief corps in the last month. They added closer Marc Melancon, traded Felipe Rivero, cut Jonathan Papelbon and put Sammy Solis on the disabled list. The 30-year-old Rzepczynski is 1-0 with a 3.00 earned-run average in 56 games this season.”

2016 Orioles Playoffs Race

The Orioles continue to demonstrate their ability to hit the long ball as well, going on a home-run tear during the month of August, as ESPN.com explained:

“The Orioles had homered five times in their previous five games but homered six times in the win. This was the third time the Orioles have hit at least six home runs in a game this season. It's also the sixth game in which the Orioles have hit at least five home runs in a game this season. The only teams to have more five-homer games are the 1977 Red Sox (8) and the 1996 Athletics (7). The Orioles are the only team to twice hit at least five home runs in a game six times in a season. The 1996 team, which lost to the Yankees in the ALCS, also did it.”

ezStorage offers a variety of storage unit sizes for any of your residential storage needs. Stop by our storage locations throughout Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. to learn more today. Our expert team is also available to help with any sports equipment storage needs. It is very important to take care of sports equipment when not in use. Find out how our team could help you keep your baseball gear in premium shape for next season.

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