17 Items Under $30 to Keep Your Dorm Organized

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The excitement of moving into a new dorm can sometimes overshadow some of the practical realities — like the fact that you have to share a space with (often) total strangers. (And that you'll balance busy schedules and piles of homework while trying to maintain a clean and cozy space.)

But shopping for ways to stay organized before you even move in can save you a lot of work later on. We rounded up some items that can make staying organized much easier. Some of these would definitely also work for apartments near campus or even for the space after you graduate. Let's be real — small space storage solutions come in handy no matter the chapter of your life.

Here are some useful and stylish picks:

multicolored storage box
credit: IKEA

Start with the basics, but in a fun way: These storage boxes make a statement while keeping all your notes and flyers in one place.

hand-shaped trinket dish
credit: Anthropologie

Here's a nice little catchall to keep your dorm keys, jewelry, and laundry money.

storage case under a bed
credit: IKEA

Make use of that space under your bed in a smart way. This storage case with a fun bright-orange lining also folds down flat when you don't need it.

Need more space in the shower? Try this caddy to avoid fights over who gets the built-in shelf.

basket
credit: Target

The basket for all sorts of uses: gym clothes, textbooks, other things you immediately throw on the floor after a long day.

lid organizer
credit: Amazon

This is a timesaving trick so you can grab your lunch and get out the door in record time.

corner shelf near a bed
credit: Target

Take advantage of the little corner spaces in your dorm with shelves like this three-tier unit.

hair care caddy hanging over a door
credit: Dormify

Since you don't have time every morning to untangle a ton of cords.

storage cart
credit: Target

Here's a practical addition to any bathroom, kitchen, or living room space.

magnetic bobby pin holder
credit: Amazon

Finally, a place to keep bobby pins so you don't have to keep searching for them all over your dorm.

Keep your phone charged and your headphones in one place — just don't put them somewhere too distracting.

toilet with shelves over it
credit: Wayfair

If you can't seem to find enough room for everyone's toiletries, try creating more with items like this over the toilet shelf.

A statement piece that doubles as an organizer. No corkboard pins needed.

checkered storage boxes
credit: Zara

Use these chic little boxes in the bathroom, bedroom, or desk area to keep odds and ends in one place.

vanity organizer
credit: Amazon

Keep your skincare essentials in one place and prevent them from getting lost in the chaos of a shared bathroom.

Free up some room and keep things in one place with this handy under-the-sink caddy.

wooden shoe rack
credit: Wayfair

Keep everyone's shoes in one place when they're not in the closet.


Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com.