15 Dorm Room Organizers to Put on Your College Packing List

Back to school season is coming in hot! Get ahead of the game and see which storage items are essential for students living on campus.

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July 29, 2019

Notepad and Supplies Set

If you struggle to keep track of everything from school supplies to class schedules, then you need to get your hands on this two-in-one notepad. Cutouts along the top keep small items like thumbtacks, paper clips and pens neat and organized (instead of loose in a drawer), while the weekly calendar reminds you to jot down meetings, activities and assignments. And, because the notepad comes with 60 pages, you can actually use it for both semesters.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $12

Desk Riser

Speaking of desk essentials, go ahead and get yourself a desk riser. You can use the steel stand to prop up your laptop or printer, and then store textbooks or printer paper in the space below. In turn? You'll free up your drawers and prevent clutter from slowly taking over your workstation.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $39 - $59

Clothing Organizers

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 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.

Buy It: Amazon, $21.99 (Set of 3)

Multi-Functional Mirror

Real Talk: Your dorm probably doesn'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 mirror to check your outfit before class, hang your backpack and jewelry from the hooks and even leave jackets along the lower rungs. The ladder also has non-slip feet, so it won't slide on the linoleum flooring.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $149

Hair Care Container

Every second counts when you're rushing to an 8 a.m. class, so keep your hair dryer, straightener, curling iron and 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.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99

Freestanding Towel Rack

You can't drill holes in the walls, but you can snag this freestanding towel rack for your bathroom. In addition to three bars for linens, this bamboo beauty has a lower shelf that can hold everything from makeup bags to extra rolls of toilet paper.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $149

Bedside Bundle

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 device ensures that you won't have to climb down from your bunk in the middle of the night.

Buy It: Amazon, $15.99

Storage Ottoman

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 keep blankets tucked below the removable lid. The ottoman's so cute and compact, we have no doubt that you'll use it all four years.

Buy It: Target, $84.99

Shower Caddy

Why lug a mesh shower caddy back and forth from the bathroom when you could just hang up this fetching gold feline? With its small shelf and two hooks, the piece has plenty of room for your shampoo, body wash, razor and towel. The cat's tail curls around the shower head, too, so you never have to worry about it falling.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49

Rolling Clothing Rack

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.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $169

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Getting ready for the day is even easier when your accessories are all in one place. We love this light gray caddy because it has twelve different hooks for necklaces, fifteen clear pockets for earrings, seven mesh slots for bracelets and four metal hoops for scarves. In other words? You'll never have to search high and low for your favorite pieces again.

Buy It: Target, $7.99

Folding Hamper

Laundry baskets might be the least of your concerns, but trust us on this one: you want a folding hamper. In addition to keeping your clothes off the floor, this grid-printed piece 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.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49

Compact Kitchen Cart

Those of you lucky enough to have a kitchen — private or communal — in your dorm can take advantage with this storage cart. We suggest putting cooking essentials like vegetable oil and spices in the top tray and using the bottom baskets for bread and produce. You could even add hooks to the side and hang pans and utensils. Since the cart's on wheels, just roll it out whenever you feel like skipping the dining hall.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $39

Collage-Style Photo Display

We know it's tempting to collect cute picture frames for your room, but realistically, you only have so many flat surfaces to display them on. Our advice? Snag this hanging collage instead. The kit comes with 30 clips so you can show off all your favorite photos without cluttering your dresser, desk or nightstand.

Buy It: Bed Bath & Beyond, $30.99

Dorm-Safe Vault

Don't leave your passport, prescriptions or extra cash from Mom and Dad lying around; instead, keep your valuables safe and organized within this special vault. Brackets along the back allow you to secure the device to something sturdy, like your bed, so no one can walk off with it, either.

Buy It: Amazon, $39.98