One of the great things about being in college is that you no longer have to answer to mom or dad. Like to toss your clothes in a pile on the floor? No big deal -- no one's going to nag you to pick them up. Ditto with those sliding stacks of papers accumulating on your desk, or that growing pile of miscellaneous junk you've been throwing into the corner. There's just one little problem. Bugs and critters love clutter. Rodents, for example, like to nest in piles of clothes or papers [source: PR Newswire]. And spiders will quickly spin little webs in piles of papers or even a single item tossed into a corner [source: No Pests].
One of the easiest ways to keep pests at bay is simply to keep your room tidy [source: Mayer]. And with that in mind, you can now be grateful for having a tiny, cramped dorm room, as it's a snap to keep such a compact space neat and clean.