College Dorm Room Tour & Organization

The time has arrived!  It is back to school time.  As many of you know, I have been working on a college dorm room project for my cousin Jewel.  She asked if I would organize and decorate her college dorm room as she starts her first year of college. I mean, if I had it my way, I would get furniture from companies such as antiques world, but I have to remember this isn’t my room! But she is such a awesome young lady which makes me so proud.  Of course I said a big fat YES! This was such an amazing process and we had so much fun putting the space together.  I have several videos below where I share with you our entire process for planning, organizing and executing her successful move into her college dorm room.  I hope you will enjoy following me on this journey!

In this video I take you on our journey of moving Jewel into her dorm room.  This was such an exciting, productive and fun day!  I hope you enjoy! 

My goal for Jewel’s dorm room was for it to be filled with comfort, color and inspiration.  I wanted her to really be inspired while living in her college dorm room space.  One way in which I added inspiration was by using this gold wall decal from uwdecals.com  which will be easy for her to pull off the wall at the end of the school year without damaging the walls.   The name of this specific decal is called “Be You” and I got Jewel’s in the color metallic gold.  
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Jewel’s dorm room is set up apartment style.  They have a shared kitchen, living area and two bathrooms.  There are four bedrooms so each young lady has their own room.  It is really a nice set-up.  In the kitchen, each young lady has their own cabinet.  Here is the cabinet that I organized for Jewel.  You can see my dorm kitchen haul video (below) to see all the wonderful items I purchased for her dorm kitchen on a budget.

One of the main areas in a dorm room is the desk area.  This is where you study and organize your school materials.  I wanted to ensure that Jewel had a desk space that would function perfectly for her.  In the video below you can see the desk items that I have organized for Jewel’s dorm space. 
This desk was the perfect size and price for Jewel’s dorm room.  This is such an efficient desk.  Worked our perfectly!
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In this video I share with you the items that I used to organize Jewel’s dorm room desk space. Enjoy!

So where did I start?  I started with a plan!  Many of you know that I always love to plan out my projects.  This project was no different.  I started with a written plan and moved forward from there.   It made the process so simple.  I also used bins to organize all of the items for the dorm room.  Using bins is a awesome system to have when moving into the dorm (I learned this from my years of traveling with the military).  I also labeled the bins using vinyl labels from Gibby’s Crafty Gifts.
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In this video I share with you my initial process of planning Jewel’s dorm room.  I hope you find it enjoyable and helpful.  

I received some questions several times as it relates to Jewel’s dorm room.  I answered as many as possible, but do to the volume I was unable to answer each person.  I thought putting the questions here could be helpful.

What did you do with the original dorm room furniture (desk, chair and chest)?

We stored the chest under the bed behind the storage cubes so that they are hidden.  The desk and chair are in their dorm living room.  Initially I also had this under the bed, but Jewel and her roommates decided they wanted to use the desk and chair in the living room space.

How did you raise Jewel’s dorm room bed?

The bed in Jewel’s dorm room is adjustable.  We were able to lift it to make it into a loft style bed.  If you do not have a bed that lifts you can purchase bed risers to give your bed a little lift.  

Where is Jewel going to store all of her bed pillows at night when she goes to bed?

Jewel absolutely loves her abundance of bed pillows.  They will stay in the bed with her.  She will just throw them at the end of her bed.  

Where does Jewel store her clothes?

I did not capture video footage of her closet, but her closet is right beside her bed.  We were able to get all her clothes unpacked and organized in her closet.  She also has two pink storage ottomans that store additional clothing.  Thanks to Organizeit.com her closet is beautifully organized.  

How did you hang the pictures on the wall without putting holes or damaging the walls?

I used the Command Damage-Free picture hangers.  They worked great and come in different sizes to accommodate different weights.