Welcome to part two of our decorating series. As I mentioned in part one, even if you don't have a dorm room to deck out, many of these ideas are adaptable for an apartment office, bedroom, child's room, or other small spaces. For those of us decorating on a budget, I've included wallet-friendly options with Pottery Barn style.
Planners and Calendars
Fail to plan = plan to fail. Lucky for you, there are lots of tools available to help you manage your time well, and keep track of your assignments and social life.
Set up a command central with one of these! $229.99 – $337 at Pottery Barn.
Whiteboards and Message Boards.
Make it easy for someone to let you know they stopped by, or just say hi.
Buy a picture frame from a thrift store, and instead of a photo, put fabric or pretty paper on the inside. Or, cover the glass with a whiteboard sticker.
Hang out Space.
Most likely, our favorite memories after four years of school will be the times you spent with friends. So make your space comfortable, and memorable!
Deck the walls with some decals!
Apartment Therapy has this post on decals and removable wallpaper
, with lots of options.
When I went to college, I really liked the look of the blue and green bubble decals from PB Teen. But I didn't have $50 to spend on them.
9. Budget: I got the same look for just pennies. I traced around cups and a plate to create three different sized circles... on tissue paper! Then I taped them to the walls in a bubble pattern. I loved it, and visitors always complimented it!
These round chairs might be the best reading chairs you'll ever sit in. They are SO comfortable.
these chairs from PB Teen cost over $100 each.
They might be a little smaller, but the price difference is enough to convince me they're worth it. $50 for Dish Chairs on Amazon
When living in a small space, making the most of storage space is crucial. Let's start with your closet:
14. Splurge: This classy shoe rack
holds 18 pairs ($40.65).
I used one of these for my shoes, but you could use it for extra drawer space, storing books, towels, or whatever fits in the compartments ($14.99 on Amazon
This one from Target
costs a little more, but it adds space just for shoes ($21.99). And if that's not enough room for your shoes, Carrie Bradshaw, this might do the trick: 30 Pair Shoe Rack
16. Double your hanging space
with a closet doubler
17. Make the most of your closet shelves with these dividers
. I think these are pretty much genius! Use them to maximize your vertical shelf space in any closet.
Canvas storage boxes with lids allow for easy stacking. This set of three
19. Budget: For literally just a few cents more, you can buy TWELVE of these plastic shoe boxes. I can't seem to have enough of these: they're the perfect size for holding everything from craft supplies to all the cords to and chargers to various electronics to school supplies. And of course, actual shoes.
20. Here's a tip I wish I'd known earlier: make use of your door space! You can always hang a shoe organizer over it. Apartment Therapy has 10 ideas for ways to use an over the door shoe organizer.
21. But what about an over the door ironing board ($36.00)?
24. A clothes hamper
Bet you wish you had more doors.
If you don't have a loft bed, you can also make the most of the space underneath your bed.
27. Get more space underneath by putting your bed on risers, like these 6-inch black bed risers
from Amazon.com, a set of four for $9.95.
If you don't have much closet space, underneath your bed is a great place to store out of season clothes, extra bedding, or towels. Or, you could store art supplies, books you aren't using, or anything you don't want out in the open.
What are your storage or decor ideas? Share them in the comments below!
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