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10 Tips for Decorating & Organizing Your Dorm Room

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For many of you prepping for college in the fall, it might be fun to get some ideas and prepare your shopping list with your parents for your dorm room bedding and décor. This week I wanted to inspire you not only with ideas for decorations and style, but also organizational tips!

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1. Find a fun, bright pattern for your bedding and your headboard.

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Via the ever adorable: Decor 2 Ur Door!

2. Create your own style with special pillows or hang twinkle lights and pictures.

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3. DIY: If you have a small amount of space, use shower curtain rings on a hanger to consolidate space for your tanks and T-shirts.

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4. Create a well-organized study space where you can focus while doing your work. Add an inspirational board or pics of family and friends on a cork board. (Just FYI, IKEA has some great desks and chairs, and they have great prices!)

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5. Get some fun containers to store products, clothing, makeup, school supplies and more! (Target, IKEA and The Container Store are great places to purchase these cute little boxes.)

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6. Here are some tips on how to fold your T-shirts in a way that you can save space. Dorm rooms are typically small, so every inch of space will be needed!

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7. Brighten up your room with colors and patterns! Ask your future roommate what colors she likes and maybe see if you can do some matching or even have the same color scheme! (You don’t want it to clash.)

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8. If you have space for a mini couch, add a footstool or a place where you can study and relax!

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9. Add bright, inspirational artwork to your wall or desk area. Sticker decals are neat, too! Target sells them, and you may find them at arts and craft stores like Michaels as well. They will cheer you up and liven up your dorm room!

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10. DIY: Make a do-it-yourself wallpaper-roll pencil holder. Take wallpaper rolls, glue them with a hot glue gun into a pyramid and voilà!—you have a pen/pencil holder!

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[Sources: HGTV.com, http://collegelifestyles.org, pinterest.com]

PI Girls, do you have any decorating tips or secrets for saving space in a dorm room? Comment below!

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by blingiton on July 17, 2015 at 15:20

    I love the set of three picture of new york city in one of the photos and would love to know where to find them. Can someone please help me out?

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by artsya on June 25, 2015 at 22:21

    I’m in college now (have been for like 2 years) and I like these ideas! Many I did not think of before (especially the using shower hangers for hanging tank tops) so I’ll definitely try these out! Although there’s one thing…do colleges actually have headboards??? Like there’s like a bar on mine but like they are also made to be bunked…or maybe I just go to a small school haha

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by InHisLove15 on April 23, 2015 at 08:54

    I’m not in college, but I have a tiny room (probably smaller than most dorm rooms) and this looks really helpful! Thanks!!

  4. Jesusfreak1415

    Posted by Jesusfreak1415 on July 12, 2014 at 11:39

    LOL, I’m not in college but I love these ideas for my own room. I’m definitely making the pyramid container thing. That’s really cool. I also, am gonna try #’s 2,3, and 6. Thanks so much for the ideas!

  5. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on July 10, 2014 at 18:19

    Although I’m not in college, I loved these ideas! Please continue to create decoration tips! 😀

  6. emily.kate

    Posted by emily.kate on July 7, 2014 at 14:53

    Great tips! Also, I’d recommend using sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree to find cheap (or free!) things in your local area! Checking local newspapers is good too.

  7. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on July 7, 2014 at 12:27

    Here’s a tip: hooks with sticky backs are your best friend, especially in a dorm where you’re not permitted to stab tacks through the wall. However, be extra sure that they are removable before you buy them! My dorm mate bought some that were meant to be permanent fixtures, and it completely shredded the walls when we took them off! I personally recommend the ones where they have the strip in the back that you pull on to remove.

  8. tanatiger12

    Posted by tanatiger12 on July 6, 2014 at 12:43

    This is really cool I’m not in college yet but I will be in a few years but this gave me some ideas for my room I can’t stand for my room to be messy so thanks.