Getting Campus Ready for Fall

After living in Manhattan for 22 years, living and working in small spaces comes pretty naturally to me.

If we buy something new, something else needs to go. When space is limited, that adage applies to a new pair of shoes, new coffee mugs, and sometimes, even something as simple as a box of cereal!

Each summer, I work with Bed Bath & Beyond - which is sponsoring these TV segments and this post - to share tips for making the most of limited space in student housing. Along with our daily life in Manhattan, doing these segments helps keep my small-space decorating skills sharp.

Dorm rooms are tiny, so finding a way to use every bit of precious space is a priority. These extra-deep underbed storage drawers enable you all of the space underneath a twin bed. Hanging organizers for the closet, backs of doors, and even around the base of the bed keep clothing, supplies, toiletries, and snacks in their place.

Mattresses in campus housing may not be the most comfortable, but you can do a lot to make them feel like home. A mattress protector that completely encloses the mattress is a great first layer, especially for people with allergies. I’m a big fan of this thick foam mattress topper as well. Two inches of memory foam make it comfy - plus it has a layer of cooling gel that is especially nice for dorm rooms. The anti-microbial (read: anti-odor) properties also make them perfect for the dorm room setting.

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To stay connected, wireless charging pads keep gadgets juiced up and ready to go. A cleverly-designed surge protector power strip with USB ports and rotating outlets allows you to use every outlet. For students who always need their phone close at hand, this shower tote even has a cell phone pocket!

To make it easy to get your stuff to college, Bed Bath & Beyond has a free Pack & Hold service that lets you shop at a store close to home, but pick up your order at the store close to college. I can personally attest to the genius of this, as I had so much stuff filling my parents’ van when I moved away to college that there was barely enough room for me to squeeze in. The service saves times and money, which often seem to be in short supply as the new school year begins.

Happy shopping!

Getting Campus Ready

For many years after graduating from college, I moved into progressively smaller spaces.

My first apartment was a 1,200 two-bedroom shared with a roommate.  I then moved on to a series of 900-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, and then into a 600-square-foot studio.  

Then, I moved to New York City - the land of 200-square-foot studio apartments.

We now occupy 700+ square feet - which feels like a veritable mansion to me.  But those small space decorating skills honed in college certainly paid off long after I finished my degree.  I still keep in practice every year working with Bed Bath & Beyond, which sponsors a series of television segments - and this post - featuring ideas for decorating dorm rooms that are both stylish and functional.

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Here are a few of the ideas I am sharing for them on TV segments this month:

You can find more items - and tons of ideas and inspiration for organizing tiny spaces - on Bed Bath & Beyond's college website.

 

On-the-Air: "FOX & Friends"

On a very busy news day, I had a great time talking dorm decor tips with co-host Abby Huntsman this morning on "FOX & Friends."

The unseasonably cool weather was perfect for taking over the FOX News plaza in midtown Manhattan and setting up a dorm room with all of the latest trends!

Here is a link to the segment on the FOX News website, along with links to many of the items shown.  Later this week, I'll share an extensive look at how friends at my client Bed Bath & Beyond built this gorgeous set!

* Photos from FOX News.

Watch Me Sunday on "FOX & Friends"

If you're up early this Sunday, please tune in for my segment on "FOX & Friends."  Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and watch us take over the FOX News plaza in midtown Manhattan with all of the latest gear for college dorm rooms.  

I am scheduled to be on the show between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET (that's 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. CT), but that time can always shift due to breaking news.  If you don't see me right way, please stick around for a bit - or just set your DVR.

If you want to get a extensive look behind-the-scenes of the show, please follow along on my Instagram stories.

See you in the morning!