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Do You Have a Child Moving into a College Dorm or Apartment?

MovingIt’s that time of year when kids are getting ready to move into their college dorms or apartments. Are you ready? Having had four kids go through this, I consider myself a pro at this process and want to help all of you out who may be facing this for the first time.  First of all, take a deep breath, it will all work out! I promise. Here are some ideas to help you out:

Think Storage and Organization

Since your college student will have limited space, the goal is to create as much space as possible and be organized. Purchase bed risers to create storage space under the bed. You can contact the housing department to find out the exact bed dimensions if it is not located on the school’s website. You have limited space, so the goal is to figure out how to create more space. (Generally, a twin is 39″x75″ and an XL Twin is 39″x80″.) Bed risers can add up to 8” of storage space, enough for a couple of under the bed storage containers for clothes and whatnot.

Since there is little room for a night table, consider purchasing a bedside caddy that can be attached to the bed such as this one from BedBathandBeyond.com, click here to view.


They always have that dreadful overhead light in the room, and who wants that on at 2 am in the morning? Use a clamp-on light such as this LED clamp spotlight from IKEA that comes in many colors and is so inexpensive you could get two and place them on either side of the headboard for maximum light!


Some colleges offer safes in the room or safe rental for your college student’s valuables. You can turn to a company where you can purchase various locks and safes, click here for some ideas. Along that note, you may wish to contact your insurance company and see if your child is covered under your homeowner’s insurance or if you need renter’s insurance.


In a college dorm room or rented apartment you are given rules, this should not hinder your decorating! Here are a few tips to help you in this endeavor:

  • I love this idea from ChasingPaper.com where you can purchase beautifully designed paper that is peel and stick and easily removed when it’s time to move it. You could use it as a backdrop for pictures, as a design on a plain wall, to outline a door, let you creative ideas go on this one! Click here to view the options.
  • Use Washi Tape to create frames on the wall! This tape is peel and stick tape that can be easily removed. Click here to view many options from Target.
  • You can hang things using the Incredible 3M wall hangars that are not permanent. Click here to check out the many options.

I hope the transition goes well for both you and your college student!

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Decorating a College Dorm or First Apartment

Packing for new houseDo you have an emerging young adult headed off to college this fall?  Or perhaps starting out in their first apartment?  Let’s have some fun and come up with decorating ideas for that small living space in your dorm room or a new apartment.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t bring more than you can reasonably store.
  2. Bring task lighting for your bed or desk, if available.
  3. Design a plan so that you know where everything will go prior to heading off.
  4. Organized doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.

Checklist and Organizing Ideas

Most colleges offer the size and layout of the dorm room, and most can be found online so you can map out your storage options.  Most colleges also offer bed risers so you can use the valuable space under the bed for storage.  The Container Store offers a complete checklist for the dorm room; click here to review that list.

bedside-caddy-kohlsSince you have limited space in a dorm room, add a bedside caddy for small items that you want accessible but don’t have room for a bedside table.  (The photo featured here is from Kohls.com.)

sewmuchado-wood-crate-bookshelfI love this idea from Sewmuchado.com – a DIY wood crate bookshelf on wheels!  Such a great idea and you can easily pick up the wood crates and paint them or stain them any color you desire.  For the complete details on how to create this DIY project, click here.  (Photo and idea compliments of Abby of Sewmuchado.com.)

Decorating Ideas

If you want a one-stop shopping idea, check out the many Dorm Kits at Bed, Bath and Beyond where you can purchase all of your bedding, towel requirements, etc. in one shopping spree.  Click here to view many of those online options.

While researching for this post, I came across the best idea!  Washi Tape!  I’m sure you are all familiar with painter’s tape that easily comes off your walls without leaving any residue, well now you can get it in a pattern!  In a dorm room or rental space, you can’t hang anything permanent.  You can use this tape to decorate shelf edges – create frames on your wall, many fun ideas.  Click here to view a variety of patterns at Target.com.

I love this idea as you can decorate a portion of a wall or even create a faux headboard, try removable wallpaper.  It is a reusable fabric that can be easily removed.  Click here to view the beautiful patterns available from ChasingPaper.com.

Instead of many posters covering a wall what about hanging a beautiful tapestry?  There are many different patterns available, in researching for this article I found a fun site that offers many youthful patterns at TrippyStore.com.

Looking for a way to hang things non-permanently, click here for a list of many non-permanent hanging options from 3M Command.

Having had four kids go through this process I know it can be a time of stress, but also an exciting adventure for everyone involved!  Enjoy the process and the rest of the summer!

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Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .