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Organizing a Dorm Room – Great Finds

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
August 21st, 2011

Going off to college is an exciting time however organizing and maximizing the space in a college dorm room can be a bit challenging. Most likely you won’t be stepping foot in your room until the day you’re moving in with your belongings in tow. This means planning has to take place without dimensions and feel for the room. Room size also adds to the challenge. Your room will probably (and hopefully) be the smallest space that you ever have to live in. To ease the burden of dorm room planning and organization, I shared tips and tricks on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show. (Click here for TV segment.)

This year while completing my annual “dorm room” shopping trip (I have been staging dorm rooms for the past 8 years) I was pleasantly surprised to find an abundance of innovative and reasonably priced products on the market. Shopping was fun and quick with a large selection of colors and styles to choose from.
My goal was one-stop shopping, saving time and stress. I found all the products below at the local Bed Bath & Beyond store with the exception of the refrigerator stand. The refrigerator stand is from our local and online store All Bright Ideas.

During my dorm room shopping spree the following items caught my eye:

Grommet Totes –Totes are great for storing smaller items. Toss items in and store more vertically. The sides of the tote enable you to maximize vertical storage space. The grommet on the front of the bin provides the ability to easily “grab and go.”

Bedside Caddy – This caddy keeps all your bedside needs (water bottle, iPod, tissues, eyeglasses, remote, etc.) within reach. It secures under the mattress. The bedside caddy is a must for a loft or bunk bed dweller.

Backpack Laundry Bag – This laundry bag allows you to easily transport laundry to and from the laundry room. Just slip your arms through the backpack straps. A large compartment holds laundry detergent.

Mesh Shower Tote – Finally a shower tote for the college guys out there. This masculine style tote stores and transports shower needs.

Day/Night Shower Caddy – This innovative caddy includes an insert which can be used separately allowing you to decide how much you need to tote to the bathroom. The middle section pulls out reducing the size of your tote – ideal when you don’t need to take all of your showering items with you.

Bed in a Crate – Similar to Bed in a Bag, this 11-piece crate set was created for residence hall living. You get 11 color coordinating essential items including an XL twin comforter.

Rise n’ Store – Create more storage under you bed by adding bed risers. These unique bed risers have storage compartments built in for your iPod, remote, tissues, etc. Check with your college or university to find out if bed risers are permitted in your residence hall.

Slimline Hangers – The ultra-slim design of these hangers maximize closet space so you can fit more in less space. These hangers are flocked so they hold clothing in place. Hang sweaters and other knits without getting shoulder bumps.

Desk Lamp Organizer – Organize your workspace while illuminating your desktop. The lamp base has built in compartments to store office supplies or items you would like compartmentalized.

Dorm Space Saver Shelving – Make the most out of your small space. Add freestanding shelving to your room with this behind-the-bed unit.

Refrigerator Stand – Add convenience and storage by placing your refrigerator or Microfridge on a refrigerator stand. Gain storage space underneath and you’ll no longer need to kneel to see what’s in the frig.

Large Plastic Drawers (available in store-in at Bed Bath & Beyond) – Maximize the space under your bed by adding drawers or a wire basket system. Store sweaters, sports gear, blankets or off-season clothing.

Command Hooks (available at office supply, grocery, hardware, and craft stores) – These hooks and poster strips are a must for college bound students. Command provides damage-free organizing and decorating. Easily hang a curtain rod with Command hooks. Get a Command coupon.

Most colleges and universities provide a checklist of recommended items to bring. Check your college’s website to see if they offer a checklist. Here’s a packing list for college to get you well on your way.

Wishing you a wonderful college experience,

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Lunch Money Found Easy

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 3rd, 2009

Are you always scrambling to find lunch money for your child in the morning? End the stress by making a habit of asking for twenty one-dollar bills and roll of quarters (or whatever denominations are appropriate) every time you cash a paycheck. Keep the dollar bills and quarters in a special jar or container that is only used for lunch money. If your paycheck is directly deposited into your bank account each pay period, then write a check to yourself every two weeks on the day you get paid and cash it in order to accomplish the same task.

Happy lunch money finding!

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The Organizing Bug

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
October 3rd, 2009

Over the next few weeks, be on the lookout for a bug – a bug that will emerge in epidemic proportions! Yes, every fall and January this bug population surges, but, rest easy, this bug is actually good for you and typically welcomed. So, get ready because the “organizing bug” is in the air!

You may wonder why I know this bug is on its way. Every year, as summer comes to a close, fall never fails to bring with it the feeling of a fresh new start which likely leaves you with a new found optimism about gaining control of your house and your life. This is a completely normal and common way to feel this time of year. So, this fall, seize the opportunity to get organized while the motivation is there.

To be successful, make a plan. First, sit-down and make a list of what you would like to organize, and circle three items on the list that you want organized the most. Next, designate the order in which you wish to accomplish them by simply writing 1, 2, or 3 next to each item. If you lack free time, the first item you start with should be the one that will give you more free time once completed. For example, if you waste time looking for papers, work on setting up a paper management system first. This way the end result will be less stress and more free time. That is more free time to work on the next organizing project.

If you can’t seem to get organized on your own, please don’t waste that new found desire to get organized. Consider asking a friend or relative to be your “organizing buddy” like you would have an exercising buddy. Then in turn help your friend with a task they struggle with, perhaps gardening or exercising. If you are not up for having an “organizing buddy,” then consider hiring a Professional Organizer to get you on your way.

I wish you organizing success!

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