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Pro Organizer Barbara Reich Upgrades a St. Louis College Dorm

Posted by: Barbara Reich Tags: Storage Furniture, Back-to-School, Guest Author

Before professional organizer Barbara Reich’s daughter Rebecca started her sophomore year at Washington University, she knew the standard-issue dorm furniture wouldn’t provide adequate storage for everything Rebecca planned on bringing to school.

The organizing pro worked with Rebecca and her three suitemates to identify their storage needs. She then created a plan that would keep clutter to a minimum without sacrificing style.

The new suitemates agreed that upgrading the most used space – the living room – was their highest priority.

To achieve a modern yet welcoming feel, the suitemates chose an all-white color palette for the furniture.

Given the lack of vertical storage in the individual suites and the living room, they added two four-shelf X-frame design bookshelves. One bookshelf, in Rebecca’s room, provides functional space for books and a great way to showcase display items like candles, lotions and perfumes. In the shared living room/dining room, another X-frame bookshelf is used to house food, beverages and snacks.

X-Frame Bookshelf 2

A multi-tiered bookshelf offers a variety of storage uses -- from holding textbooks to displaying pretty perfume bottles.

A coffee table with shelves helps create storage for remotes, magazines and books, while maintaining a clean and modern look in the dorm.

“We love the clean lines of the ClosetMaid furniture,” said Barbara. “The pieces look great and give the room additional, much needed storage!”

The media stand has two large drawers that keep unsightly cords, chargers and everyday items out of sight.

An end table with a shelf completes the look with plenty of space for plants, candles or picture frames.

Coffee Table & End TableTables with shelves make straightening up at the last minute easier.

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