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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:
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.
Here's a nice little catchall to keep your dorm keys, jewelry, and laundry money.
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.
The basket for all sorts of uses: gym clothes, textbooks, other things you immediately throw on the floor after a long day.
This is a timesaving trick so you can grab your lunch and get out the door in record time.
Take advantage of the little corner spaces in your dorm with shelves like this three-tier unit.
Since you don't have time every morning to untangle a ton of cords.
Here's a practical addition to any bathroom, kitchen, or living room space.
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.
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.
Use these chic little boxes in the bathroom, bedroom, or desk area to keep odds and ends in one place.
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.
Keep everyone's shoes in one place when they're not in the closet.