Organization is Key: Keeping Your Wardrobe and Jewelry In Line with Emma Z

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Hello again!

My name is Emma Z and I write a blog called Behind The Leopard Glasses. I blog about fashion, food, travel, and life. A topic that I usually don’t blog about but that is extremely important, especially in college, is organization. I want to share some tips & tricks (and a peak into my closet) that I use to help me stay organized.

Managing classes, social life, and work can be difficult, but when you come home to a messy room the anxiety is amplified! Something that always helped me clear my mind and get back on track is organizing my closet.

My number one tip is to maximize closet space, especially in dorm rooms, closet space is extremely limited. I know most will say “bring what you need” but to me that includes at least 20 pairs of shoes (I know I know, sometimes maybe even more…).

In order to maximize my closet space I used (& still use the same ones from college) closet organizers:

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They are perfect for fitting WAY more clothes/shoes/etc. in a small closet. You can fit up to 10 shirts in each cubby! When it came to moving in and out of college I would take these down and throw them right in the car! No packing needed! Another good idea are things like belt holders. They are an easy way to get your belts off the floor and displayed in your closet.

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A great investment to make is Clutter Free Hangers. You will be amazed at how much more stuff you will be able to hang by streamlining and using these anti-slip super skinny hangers. Trust me, you will love these things! I can’t get enough (no really, I need more!)

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Another tip that I have is to keep things visual. The old phrase is “out of sight out of mind” and I believe that. How many times do you look through the dark parts of your closet and go “Oh yeah, I remember this I should wear it more”. I find that this happens with jewelry especially. A way to help with this is to get a jewelry organizer, I love this Little Black Dress Hanging Organizer. This is perfect because on one side you can add your necklaces, on the other side your bracelets, rings and earrings. Once they are all in their proper spots you can literally hang this up in your closet and have access at any time to the pieces on display! Hang it right next to your outfits to quickly through on a piece to pull together your outfit and run to class!

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It is never to late to get organized, especially in college when you have to move in and out of dorms. It will pay to be organized and use these items to be an efficient and fashionable student!

Seasonal Clothes

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March, 20 2014…First day of spring

It’s that time of year to pack away cold weather clothes for our warm weather ones. Summer is around the corner!

Over the past weekend I found myself in my son’s room going through his closet and dresser. It’s amazing the amount of clothes a one year old has let alone doesn’t fit into anymore. As I start going through his closet, I’m thinking about how big he’s getting and how I’m going to store all these clothes. Luckily for me I did some research.

 HGTV.com has a great article on storing your seasonal clothes. They talk about choosing the right hangers, storage bins, and things to avoid like cardboard that attracts insects. No thank you!

As an employee at On Campus Marketing, I know we sell lots of Storage Bins and Rhino Trunks. Both are perfect for storing clothes that one day can be worn again.

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Whether it’s your child’s closet or your own closet, these helpful tips will go a long way.  So it’s bye for now winter coat, hat and gloves; we’ll see you in 8 months!

Ethan-Winter

Summer Before College Series 27: Things To Leave At Home

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Hello again, bloggers!

I am back with the twenty-seventh installment of my “Summer Before College Series”. Today I would like to talk about which items you should leave at home. All of my blogs thus far have described what to bring and what is necessary. Now, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you a few items that I wish I would have left at home my freshman year.

Do not get me wrong, you will need a lot of items for school since it will be your new home for the next eight to nine months. However, many items that you think you will need, you actually will not.

The number one rule that I stick to when packing is: only bring items that you use regularly. Do not bring things that you feel you may need only in certain situations. More often than not, you will not use them.

The list below will make following the rule above easier. This list contains several items that I have learned to leave at home after four semesters of college.

1. Clothes. Now I obviously do not mean all of your clothes! You will need clothes to wear, but you do not need to bring every single item from your closet. When packing my clothing up for college, I tend to follow two rules that I have given myself. The first requires me to go through my closet and pull out all of the pieces that I have not worn in the past one to two months. Whatever is left will go to school with me. Then, as I get further into the semester, the second rule comes into play. This rule requires me to switch out my wardrobe season to season. I only live four hours away, so my parents come to visit me every few weeks and it is easy for me to take the bus home. If it is harder for you to have visitors/go home, then you should use a combination of the first rule and the second rule. Sort your clothes into seasonal piles. Then, pull out your most frequently worn pieces. Make sure to be honest with yourself-that way you do not take up too much space!

2. Extra furniture. Unless your school has informed you differently, do not bring the furniture from your room at home. As I have said before, the typical dorm room will come with a Twin XL bed, dresser, and a desk. This is all that you will really need. Do not bring an extra dresser, bed, etc. This will just unnecessarily take up space.

3. Kitchen Supplies. Again, unless your school instructs otherwise, leave your kitchen supplies at home. Most dorms do not come with a kitchen, so, again, you will be wasting wanted space.

4. Important Documents. These include social security cards, birth certificates, bank account information, etc. Many people will come in and out of your dorm, so it is best to keep these documents secured at home. If your school/work needs them, then you can have your parents/guardians fax them out.

These are the four items that I leave at home each semester, and, boy, am I glad that I do! I save precious space and secure my most important documents!

 

Is there anything else that you think you will leave at home?

Fall Weather Calls for Fall Clothes!

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It’s official… Summer has with out a doubt reached its end. No longer are the days of hot weather and trips to the pool. Your flip flops go into hibernation and your Uggs and rain boots make their debut. Now that there is no need for you to have immediate access to your summer clothes, what do you do with them? Having adequate storage to lay those tanks and skirts to rest for the Fall and Winter seasons is essential in small space living.

Since Fall clothes are relatively more bulky, they tend to take up more space in your closet and drawers. To make room for those extra hoodies and sweatpants, it’s imperative to store away your summer clothes in empty space around your room such as under your bed. Storing places such as under your bed or in a trunk maximizes the usable space in your room and helps you stay organized. So, if you’re feeling the chill of Fall and are ready to pack away those bikinis and bring out the peacoats, here’s a few ways you can organize and store!

1) Under The Bed-
This method of storage is brilliant AND trendy at the same time! You can buy different sized under the bed storage units to best suit your needs. They are available in different colors as well as fabrics. This pink under the bed storage unit is a cute way to add a pop of color from under your bed while still serving a purpose!

2) It’s a Seat, Table, and a Storage Cube?

These storage cubes are a perfect way to add that extra inch of personalization to your room while still storing away those extra items. Available in multiple colors, these cubes can hold your unused textbooks, summer clothes, music collection and more. Stack them up or lay them flat for a design that fits you! Easy care fabric washes with soap and water and lasts through college. Set of two (2).

3) Bed Risers

Now these may just look like the perfect sand castle mold, but really they’re so much cooler than that. These bed risers go under the corners of your bed to lift it off the ground. Not only does this raise your bed higher in the air for extra room to stock up on throw pillows and comforters, but it also creates 3x the storage space under your bed! Available in black and white, these risers are an essential.

4) Hanging Closet Organizer

Have some extra towels that are clean and ready to use, but no where to put them? What about those extra pairs of jeans you brought but wont store neatly in your dresser? These hanging closet organizers are a great way to maximize your closet space! Available in many colors such as black, brown, blue, pink and purple, these hanging organizers can match practically any room decor for seamless personalization. Need more or less space? Browse the various sizes and check out the hanging shoe rack too!

5) The College Staple: The Trunk

No college dorm room is complete without a sturdy trunk to store all things college related. Have parent weekend coming up? Store all your important items in your trunk and protect them from any eyes or hands you don’t want touching your cherished belongings. The trunk is a great way to store the essentials AND it serves as an extra side table, step stool, chair or shelf! Available in multiple colors. Rugged construction from waterproof, dent proof, scratch-proof exterior 1000d Cordura sheathing that’s laminated over 3/8″ Baltic Birch hardwood plywood. All the durability of a steel steamer trunk but about 20% less weight.

6) Extra Closet Rod (Your roomie will be thrilled you brought this!)

Hang it in your closet or purchase a free standing shelf to hang all your stylish threads. This smart solutions closet doubler serves as an extra rack to allow you and your roomie to fit everything nice and neat in that small dorm room closet. This is a college must have!

Interested in other items that can maximize your dorm room storage space? Check em’ out here!

Creating an Organized Dorm Room

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Dorm rooms are small. Squeezing in all of your clothes, school supplies, and knickknacks might be a real challenge, especially since half the space belongs to your new roommate. But it can be done. You just have to find a way to neatly organize everything.

Find a Spot for all your Belongings:

Everything you own, from your laptop to your dirty laundry, should have a designated place in your dorm. Don’t just throw your stuff everywhere when you unpack, make sure you know where each thing belongs.

Bring Extra Shelves and Hooks:

Since wardrobe space is limited, extra hanging shelves to place folded sweaters, pants, etc. are always a good idea. You can put twice as much stuff in the same place with these shelves. Also, don’t forget to bring along sticky hooks for the wall as well as over the door hangers. These tools will come in useful throughout the year, especially if you have bulky winter coats and wet towels to hang.

Make Use of the Space under your bed:

Don’t waste even a single inch of space in your dorm. Under the bed storage bins will allow you to stow away out of season clothes, handbags, and school supplies that you don’t use everyday. These storage bins are out of sight, but they’re not hard to get into when you need to find something quickly.

Colorful storage Boxes:

Brightly colored storage boxes might be the perfect addition to your dorm. Place them on your bookshelf, desk, or on top of your wardrobe to add even more storage space to your room. You can easily toss the things that just don’t have a home into these bins.

Organize your shoes:

Don’t just leave your shoes in a pile on the floor or kick them under the bed. Instead bring along a shoe organizer that will make it easy for you to put them away and find them when your running late for class.