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Despite what the stores are advertising, I am not quite ready for Back to School shopping yet. I need a few more weeks before the thought of lunches, homework and backpack mail re-enter my world.

So today we are talking Dorm Rooms.

Many of you are getting ready to send your kids off to to college for the first time. Thankfully I have a couple of years to prepare (both financially and mentally!), but that doesn’t stop me from researching the best products for dorm living.


  1. JOTBLOCK WEEKLY PLANNERS I absolutely love this weekly planner. Each day is spacious enough to write down multiple tasks. The built in pen/pencil holder is a great detail (no more searching!) Plan your week ahead with the sheets underneath. Included paper clips and binder clips which adds another layer of organization to this ultimate desk companion. Check out the entire jotblock product line at threebythree.com

  1. VELVET HANGERS Ever wonder how you are going to fit all of your clothes into a tiny dorm room closet? You may not be able to increase the size of your closet, but the right hangers will allow you to fit more clothes in a smaller space. These narrow hangers instantly make your clothes appear more organized, take up less space than a standard plastic hanger, allowing you to fit more clothes than you expected. Available on amazon.com

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  1. Bed Risers Small rooms mean that you need to create space wherever you can. These risers not only give you over 7” of additional storage space, but are equipped with a USB port and 2 outlets. Easily charge your phone or laptop without having to run long extension cords. Available at The Container Store


  1. SKINNY STRIP Organize photos, cards, notes, keys and more with these super strong mighties® magnets that connect to a sleek metal strip backed with permanent adhesive. Easy to install and remove. Great for walls, desks, bookshelves and refrigerators. Display horizontally or vertically. Check out the entire magnetic board product line at threebythree.com


  1. DESK ORGANIZATION Give your dorm room a splash of color with desk accessories from Poppin.com. Choose from file sorters & letter trays to pen cups and staplers. Available in a host of great colors. Poppin definitely puts the FUN in functional. You can check out their entire product line at poppin.com

Although I may not be able to ease your financial burden of tuition payments or help you cope with empty nest syndrome, I can share with you one of my SBO tips:

A product is only as good as how well you use it. The key to living simply is establishing a routine and sticking with it.

Happy Organizing!