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College Level Organization: Part 2
Welcome Back to Part 2 of College Level Organization!
Here you will be able to find even more products and tips this pro recommends for those heading off to dorm life!
A great use for these is to add storage under the bed or at the bottom of a closet. These drawers can create extra space to store clothes, food, and other items, they are easy to move-in/move-out, you can store items in when the semester is over, and they're available in many different sizes, can accommodate any size dorm. The only downsides is that they are usually made of plastic, can break over time, especially if you store heavy items, and they cannot be overpacked. The benefits to me far outweigh the negative and they are an affordable way to gain even more storage.
Command Hooks/ Strips:
For obvious reasons, colleges do not allow you to put holes in the wall, with the invention of Command hook/strips you can put up hooks, posters, pictures, and even small shelves with these removable strips. They are also easy to use, have a wide variety of weights they can hold, and come in a variety of options. The key when removing them is to be careful and slow, so that they do not rip paint off. In addition, with most dorms being constructed with cinder-block walls, sometimes they do not always stay for long periods of time, depending on the weight you are adding to the hook itself. It still is the easiest and most effective way to add some hooks, pictures, posters, etc, to your dorm room walls!
Drawer Organizers are great because you can effectively use all the space in your drawers and also create zones for clothing items, office supplies, or even organize food items & electronics. They do require some commitment to maintain the order but defining spaces within your dorm will allow you to know how many items you can have. Plus it makes putting things a way a breeze!
Rolling Laundry Basket:
I honestly went too long before I discovered this one. The benefit this creates is it doubles as a hamper and makes getting your laundry to the laundry room much easier. The only downside is you can't roll it down the stairs but you can just pick it up. As another tip, I always found the best times to actually do laundry are early in the morning (before everyone wakes up) or super late at night.
Dorm beds come in a few options, some you can loft so high it is like having a bunk bed, while others only go as high as to stuff some things underneath. Bed risers allow you to get a few more inches of space, so that you can store more underneath your bed. In one dorm, I was able to store my college provided dresser, my trunk, another 3 drawer storage unit, and my shoe rack. The other benefit is that you can find risers with outlets, so that if your bed is blocking any you can still use them!
Additional Helpful Products:
Tips to Excel at Dorm Life:
As I have said throughout this series, I am a former dorm dweller, though it has been a while since I have lived in a dorm there are a few things to this day I still feel are the best decisions I made.
I hope you enjoyed all these tips and tricks from a former dorm dweller turned organizing pro!
As a former dorm dweller, I can attest the worst part is moving in and out of a dorm. By the time I had reached the end of my sophomore year I was done with the arduous process of move-in/ move-out weekend. I do have to say one weapon I had in my arsenal was being organized. Now that I organize professionally, I have complied a list with my favorite products and a few tips that will hopefully help your move-in weekend go off without a hitch!
The market for dorm specific products is rapidly growing, some of those products are great and others are not. After doing all the market research (my own college experience), I have complied 2 lists of products and tips that will hopefully help you move-in weekend go off without a hitch!
Velvet Slim Hangers:
Cascading Wall Document Organizer:
Summer Camp Packing Survival Guide
With the school year ending, many parents are now looking to getting their child(ren) ready for summer camp. In my youth I spent every summer up until college going to both day camp and sleep-away camp. Using my personal experiences and knowledge as a pro-organizer, I have developed a survival guide for parents to assist with the frenzy that comes along with packing for summer camp.
Know Your Camp:
Every camp has different policies, procedures, & lay-outs, so the first step is to know exactly what your child(ren) will be walking into on that first day. A few good questions to ask are as follows:
Most camps will provide a list of items your child will need to bring to camp with them. Be sure to get that list as early as possible and start taking an inventory of items you have on hand. Make sure to check sizes on clothing, especially if it is something they have yet to wear this year. If there are any gaps purchase them ahead of time. Do NOT wait until the night before to get what you are missing. Give yourself enough time to inventory, purchase, and inventory again before packing.
Label all of your child’s items before sending them off. You have to consider they will be living with multiple children and most likely they will have similar items. Whether it’s t-shirts, shampoo, flashlights, etc. Be sure to label everything with their name and not just their initials. This way there can be no confusion as to who has what.
Now that you have the tips for how to pack, here is a helpful general list of what to pack. Get a free download here!
I hope with these useful tips and tricks summer camp packing is a breeze!
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