The new year is officially here-- with that comes the promise of fresh starts and big changes. For some of you, that could include the opportunity to head off on your own while attending college-- taking that first big step towards your dreams… and maybe into a dorm room half the size of your walk-in-closet at home. Let’s face it: small spaces can be a real challenge to keep organized while also adding a touch of personality and fun. But don’t fear, 76th and Newbury is here with 5 simple ways to make this exciting (and scary) time easier for you.
1) Secret Storage Solutions:
Now, take it from someone with experience packing all her belongings into a smaller area: maximizing your space is key. You’ll need furniture that can multitask; being both fun and functional at the same time.
Pick cute pieces, like this Storage Ottoman From Target. Tuck it in a corner for a fun reading nook/study space; put your feet up after a long day running around campus; or provide an extra seating area if you’re entertaining some of your new found friends! All while secretly holding your extra blankets or sheets.
2) Flea Market Finds:
Whether their big or small, flea markets are a great place to find rustic pieces that can easily be repurposed during a DIY weekend. Take it from me, you’ll probably want to keep an open mind with this one. A rusted end table might become your new favorite piece with a little bit of TLC.
Take these vintage luggage bags that I’m totally obsessed with. Mix and match different colors, sizes, and textures as you keep all your essentials easily accessible. Stack them up at the foot of your bed for a touch of wanderlust-edge to your dorm.
3) Hide & Seek:
Now, an essential part of any girl's’ life is clothes… and closet space for that matter. Since you might find that it comes at a premium in your new stomping grounds, perhaps it’s time to stow a few of your bigger items under your bed.
This storage bag has pretty much saved my life on various occasions; allowing me to tuck away my clunky sweaters or hoodies where I can still reach them. Best of all: All your stuff is totally out of your way until you need it. Plus, these bags double as a packing solution! Just pre-fold all your bulky clothes beforehand and then tuck them in ‘til you need them.
4) Get Your DIY On:
This bookshelf that can be transformed into a storage bench is a fun weekend adventure for you and your new roommate. With some investment of time and money, you’ll both get an incredible bonding experience while creating a usable way to store all your shared necessities that might be scattered otherwise. It might also be just the ticket for a flea market find, or even an estate sale treasure that you came across during your earlier shopping expeditions.
5) Travel Maps:
Now that you’ve wrapped up the organization process, you have to accessorize your wall space! What better way to tie in all your vintage pieces than with a travel map for the wanderer in all of us?
This vintage photo map is a great way to keep track of all your future adventures, all while documenting the memories, friends, and shenanigans that took place along the way.
The Blueprint Inspired Travel Map is a perfect addition to an artist’s nook. As you travel the world, and gain inspiration; pin the spot so you’ll never forget where you’ve been...or where you’re headed for that matter. Fully customizable to fit any color-scheme or decor, it’ll be sure to be a sleek conversation piece for all your college buddies.
Is your roommate also wanderlusting? Snatch up this Trendy Travel Map Set for you and your newest friend! It’s a great way to bond over your shared interest in travel and embrace that sense of adventure that will be sure to unite you in the coming year. Plus, you can tie in your accompanying styles and color-schemes with literally endless possibilities here at 76th and Newbury; with our designers eager to customize your shared pieces to make them as unique as you are.