17 Dorm Room Organizers You Need for College

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July 18, 2022

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 17 dorm room organizers that will get the job done and ensure that you start the year already making the grade.

$16 (Set of 4)

Bed lifts are a college student's best friend. Carve out even more storage space beneath your bed with these extra tall risers. Each piece is crafted from durable polypropylene and will give you an impressive seven inches for bins and boxes. (Or care packages from your parents!)

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$16.99 (Set of 3)

For seasonal items that you don't need immediately (like sweaters and heavy coats), we recommend these fabric storage cubes. You can slide the bags right under your bed or stack them at the back of your closet, and use the clear windows to identify what's inside. The zippers protect against dust and water damage, too.

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Sadly, most dorms don't include a full-length mirror. Instead of buying one of those flimsy over-the-door deals, shop this sturdy — and far more functional — leaning ladder. You can check your outfit and hair in the mirror, hang your backpack on the coat hooks and toss your jackets and accessories on the lower rungs. Best of all? The mirror can create a faux entryway in your dorm.

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

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Between laptops, phones, lamps, hair styling tools and more, there are endless things that need a plug in a pretty small space, especially if you're sharing a room. Conceal the inevitable mess that will be the power strips and cords with this sleek cable management box that hides power strips and has openings on each side for the cables to pass through.

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Do yourself a favor and invest in a desk riser. This matte black stand will lift your laptop to a more comfortable height and help reduce neck and eye strain. Meanwhile, the integrated shelf will keep your phone, student ID, graphing calculator, pencils and other essentials within arm's reach.

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Say hello to your new kitchen station. This slender rolling cart is a dream for the dorm with three shelves for supplies and a flat wood top that can serve as a small prep surface or extra storage. You could use it as a coffee cart, kitchen pantry or a catchall for anything else you need a place for. Plus, it's super affordable at under $50!

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If you're lucky enough to have an en-suite bathroom, then add this flex shower caddy to your packing list ASAP. The piece is crafted from rust-free silicone (so it's easy to clean), and it boasts two adjustable shelves for you and your roommate. The caddy comes with four hooks, too, just in case you want to hang your razor or loofah.

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If you will have a communal bathroom, you'll want this mesh shower tote to transport your toiletries back and forth to your room. It'll fit all the necessities and even comes with a protective pouch for your phone so you won't have to worry about it getting wet in the shower.

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Every second counts when you're rushing to an 8 a.m. class, so keep your hair dryer, straightener, brushes and other styling products at the ready with this storage caddy. The heat-resistant frame slides right over the cabinet door and offers an integrated shelf and three slots for your tools.

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You can't add towel hooks to the walls, but you can snag this clever rolling cart for your bathroom. Thanks to its narrow silhouette, this piece can slip right next to your stall shower or between your vanity and toilet. You can also use the top bars to dry towels and bath mats and the lower shelf to store toiletries or cleaning products.

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Laundry might be the least of your concerns now, but trust us on this one: You want a folding hamper. In addition to keeping your clothes off the floor, this charcoal gray hamper actually folds up and out of the way when you're not using it. The large canvas bag is removable, too, so you can easily transport your clothes to the laundry room.

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If you're planning to loft your bed, then go ahead and grab this hanging storage caddy. You'll thank us later. This stylish felt bedside caddy featurse a larger pocket for your laptop or tablet as well as smaller pockets perfect for your phone, glasses, pens and more so you won't have to climb off of your bunk in the middle of the night to grab the necessities.

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When standard-issue wardrobes and shared closets aren't enough, shop this freestanding clothing rack. We love this specific design because the frame juts away from the wall so you can slide the clothing rack into any awkward corner. Plus, the unit features an integrated shelf for shoes and accessories.

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Getting ready for the day is even easier when your supplies are all in one place. We love this plastic makeup organizer because it features multiple slots for brushes, foundation, bronzer and blush, not to mention a drawer for cotton swabs and bottles of cleanser or moisturizer. You can keep the unit on your desk and use the detachable mirror for a closer look.

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

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Don't leave your passport, prescriptions or emergency cash lying around. Instead, keep those valuables organized and out of sight with this heavy-duty lockbox. The exterior shell is fireproof (just in case), and it can only be opened by your key. You can stash the safe under your bed or in the back of your closet.

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