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Jen Jones

Organize This: Dorm Room!

Trend: Neon

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Neon emotes a youthful and happy feeling.  So what better space to integrate some neon, than within your dorm room?

Organizing a dorm room takes some smart thinking.  Often times, you are given a box of a room, which must function as a kitchen, living room, bedroom and office in one.

 

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When given the opportunity, maximize the dorm room space by lofting the bed.  By raising the bed, you can tuck a living room and workspace below.  In front of the couch, storage ottomans are the best solution as they can act as a surface for food and drinks, while also storing essentials inside.

 

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If lofting the bed is not an option, check out bed risers.  Even raising the bed a foot or two will allow for  multiple storage bins to be stowed away below.

 

Closet space is often times limited within a dorm as well.  Don’t just settle for a standard shelf and clothing rod.  Add a mixture of stackable storage pieces to create custom organizing solutions.  Also consider adding a second rod for double hanging space {and hang items on super slim hangers} and finding organizers for the back of the door to ensure every amount of the closet is being utilized.

 

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In a dorm, the wall will be your best storage friend.  Adding in adjustable shelving with provide ample surface space for books, binders, accessories and baskets.  The wall is also a great place to create a command center by adding a bulletin board and wall pockets, for keeping your daily schedule, assignments and social life on track.

 

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The desk space is one of the most important spaces within the dorm room, as that is ultimately why you are there right?  Therefore, it is important to have adequate work surface space, task lighting and a very comfortable chair.

 

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If possible, build in a mini kitchen.  Simple big box store cabinets can be pieced together to hold a miniature fridge, sink, cook-top or microwave.  The drawers are a great place to stash small dishes and cookware.

 

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Style Spotter Editor

I Spy: A Hint of Neon

Spotted! In this cozy living room, a spectrum of light green accents certainly perks up the classic white slipcovered furniture and built-ins, but the real jolt comes from the neon throw on the ottoman.  Think small and mighty — a dash of neon feels fresh and fun, but it can definitely overwhelm a space in a hurry. (I have plenty of childhood photos that prove this point perfectly!) Here are some of our fave picks to add some pep to your home as the daylight hours start dwindling:

Cage Pendant Lamp; Urban Outfitters / Whitmor Rattique Storage Tote, Target / Mini Planters, Set of Four; Wind & Willow Home / Letter-Size Interior File Folders; The Container Store / Ampersand Screen Print; Shop Ampersand / 2013 Mini Date Book; Paper Source

 

–Alexa Fornoff, BHG Commerce Integration Editor