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Getting Organized for College Living

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It can be a frustrating time for parents and students as they get ready to leave the nest and move to college. Organizational expert Melissa Schmalenberger, Ms. Simplicity, says it doesn't have to be though.

Schmalenberger joined us on the Valley Today Monday morning, sharing her advice and lessons for a hassle free and organized college living experience, by noting three main points to always follow.

  1. Create space where space doesn't exist

Using hanging basket racks, hangers or even hooks on doors and walls is a great way to take advantage of space that wouldn't normally hold anything. Essential in a dorm room or small living environment.

    2.   Buy furniture that performs a dual purpose

Furniture that serves more than one purpose will save you space and is a great way to get more bang for your buck. Examples include, a futon bed/couch, a microwave stand with additional shelving or a lamp with iPod dock and stereo built in.

"Whenever you buy a piece of furniture you should always think of multiple purposes, when you buy a book case can it be used for other things, when you buy a kitchen table can it be used for other things, just always keep that philosophy," said Schmalenberger.    

    3.   Vertical Storage

Storing items vertically is key to staying organized, you'll be able to find and locate items faster and take advantage of your space.

"When you can put things vertically it's so much easier to see things, so imagine a filing cabinet as opposed to a messy desk of papers everywhere," said Schmalenberger.   

For questions on any of the organizational products you can email: melissa@mssimplicity.com 

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