16 Dorm Room Organizers You Need for College

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July 13, 2021

Before they ever set foot inside a classroom or receive their first syllabus, every college student must pass one very important test: Squeezing all of their belongings into a tiny dorm room. And with twin XL bedding, towel sets, bath caddies, floor lamps and more versus four narrow walls, you can bet that it's just as tough as it sounds.

Luckily, there are plenty of organizers out there to help college students configure their new living spaces. Here are 16 dorm room organizers that will get the job done and ensure that you start the year already making the grade.

Create a stylish and convenient spot for your keys, backpack and favorite hats with this accordion-style hook rack. If you mount it by the door, you can create the illusion of an entryway and easily grab what you need on the way to class. The piece is crafted from mango wood and is available in two different colors, too.

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Keep smaller office supplies organized and in arm's reach with this four-piece modular set. The cubes are stackable to save space on your desk but can be arranged side-by-side in a drawer if needed. The set is also available in seven different colors.

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Do your future self a favor and invest in a desk riser. The matte black stand will lift your laptop to a more comfortable height and help reduce neck and eye strain. But the best part is that you can slip your cellphone, calculator, pencils and more on the integrated shelf and stash notebooks or textbooks on the bottom. It's the ultimate study station.

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Spend less time detangling cables and more time concentrating on your homework with this handy organizer. Suction cups secure the gadget to your desk and help you neatly thread chargers and USB cords through.

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Mom and Dad will be so proud when they see you folding your clothes and putting them neatly into these fabric bags. If you're not planning to go home until the end of term, sort the containers according to season (t-shirts and shorts in one bin, sweaters and heavy coats in the other) and stash what you don't need under your bed. Since each bag has a mesh window, you can easily see what's inside when it's time to update your wardrobe.

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Your dorm room probably won't come with a full-length mirror. But before you buy one of those over-the-door deals, consider shopping this far more functional leaning ladder. You can use the slender mirror to check your outfit before class, hang your backpack and jewelry from the hooks and leave jackets along the lower rungs. The ladder also includes non-slip feet, so it won't slide on linoleum flooring.

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You can't drill holes in the walls, but you can snag this rolling towel rack for your bathroom. The streamlined shape makes it easy to slip the rack along the wall or between the toilet and vanity and roll it out as needed. You can dry towels or rugs on the bars up top and use the bottom shelf for makeup bags or extra rolls of toilet paper.

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If you're planning to loft your bed, then you need (read: need) this clever storage caddy. Since it has pockets for your laptop, headphones, tissues and snacks, the organizer ensures that you won't have to climb down from your bunk in the middle of the night.

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Storage ottomans are definitely the unsung heroes of dorm living. Not only can you use this stylish, button-tufted cushion as an extra seat for small study groups or impromptu movie nights, but you can also store extra blankets beneath the lid. The ottoman's so cute and compact, we have no doubt that you'll use it all four years.

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Every second counts when you're rushing to an 8 a.m. class, so keep your hairdryer, straightener, curling iron and other products organized and at the ready via this wire rack. If there's not enough room in your en-suite bathroom, use self-adhesive hooks to hang the rack on the wall by your desk and create a makeshift vanity.

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When standard-issue wardrobes and shared closets aren't enough, shop this sleek clothing rack. We love this specific design because the bars jut away from the wall, so the clothing rack can fit into any odd corner. Plus, it has a separate shelf for all of your shoes.

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Laundry might be the least of your concerns now, but trust us on this: you want a folding hamper. In addition to keeping your clothes off the floor, this charcoal gray hamper has a wooden frame that folds up and out of the way when you're not using it. What's more, the canvas bag actually comes out so you can easily transport your clothes to the laundry room.

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If you're lucky enough to have a kitchen — private or communal — in your dorm, then take advantage of it with this rolling cart. We suggest putting cooking essentials like vegetable oil and spices in the top tray and using the bottom baskets for loaves of bread or fresh produce. The cart boasts hooks, too, so you can hang your utensils.

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For those days when you'd rather study or read in bed, you need to snag this bamboo tray. The woven top provides a flat surface for notebooks or your laptop, while the round side pocket makes room for class books or noise-canceling headphones.

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Getting ready for the day is even easier when your supplies are all in one place. We love this acrylic makeup organizer because it features multiple slots for bottles of dry shampoo, facial moisturizer, cotton swabs and nail polish, not to mention a drawer for your eyeshadow, blush or lipstick. You can keep it in the bathroom or use it to transform your desk into a vanity.

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Don't leave your passport, prescriptions or extra cash from Mom and Dad lying around; instead, keep your valuables safe and organized within this heavy-duty lockbox. The exterior is fireproof (just in case!) and can only be opened by one key. You can slip it under your bed or in the back of your closet.

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