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    32 Organization Products That'll Make Living With Roommates Bearable

    Whose turn is it to take the trash out again?

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    1. A set of airtight containers that will keep all your food organized and visible — and also give you an opportunity to ask your roommate if you can throw out that cereal that expired in 2017.


    Promising review: "These things feed my overbearing need for everything to match and be out of the way. So glad to get rid of boxes and bags. The variety of sizes allowed me to store just about every dry good or baking essential in my cabinet. I might buy another set of these." —Erin Looney

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 for a set of 6 or $54.99 for a set of 10.

    2. A pull-out cabinet organizer to get your stack of pots and pans in order so you don't have to work as hard to get that one pan you need that's in the middle of the pile.


    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed. I have a standard 34" cabinet and all my pots and pans and lids took up the whole thing lying flat and stacked. My whole Costco set of pots and pans, lids, and lids from my casserole dishes fit nice and neat and I even had room to add another sliding bakeware rack. Do yourself a favor: If you are thinking about getting one of these, stop thinking and do it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $78.45 (available in 12" and 21").

    3. A magnetic wall shelf you can easily stick your keys or other small things to. Plus, it's also a whiteboard, so you can leave your roommate a note if you're not in the mood to talk to them.


    Get it from Artifox for $99 (available in white or chalkboard black) or something similar from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. Or a basic letter board to turn your note into a work of art. (Just try to avoid anything too passive-aggressive!),

    The 10x10 letter board is made of black felt and comes with 340 letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols, plus a bag to keep the extras in.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.65+ (available in five colors).

    5. Some Nordic baskets with handles and a dry-erase label to give your home the ultimate Marie Kondo makeover.

    The Container Store

    Unfortunately you can't get rid of your roommate if they don't spark joy, though.

    Get them from The Container Store for $6.99+/each.

    6. A toxin-free storage container you can label with the date or your name so nobody gets confused about whose is whose in the fridge.

    The Grommet

    They're made from shatter-resistant glass and silicone and are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from The Grommet for $21.95+ (available in blue and orange) or from Amazon for $19.76.

    7. An over-the-cabinet bag holder so you all have a place to put the mountain of plastic bags that you've somehow accumulated.


    This holds up to 60 plastic bags.

    Promising review: "We love this! We live in an apartment in New York City and storage is always a nightmare, but we need our bags. This hangs neatly inside the cabinet underneath the sink. The clear hooks make it look modern and undetectable from the outside." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    8. A double laundry hamper for the bathroom to keep your things separate — for good.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I'm writing a review for a laundry basket, but I love it that much, so here I am. I purchased one at the Container Store that was $90, and once I got it home, it was ok, but I felt guilty for spending that much money on something you throw dirty clothes in. I've recently moved into a new condo where storage is a premium — however, the bathroom is pretty large, which is why I decided I needed something that was publicly presentable. The quality of this hamper goes way beyond the price. It's attractive, stylish even, and very sturdy. I love it." — Alan McGinnis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96 (available in four colors).

    9. A multi-use stool you can stuff all your throw blankets in when you're not using them. Plus, it also doubles as a seat when you have people over!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59.99 (originally $98; available in black, tan, and green) or a similar style from Amazon for $36.49+ (available in four colors).

    10. A lifting coffee table that'll hide all those random magazines and books so well you might even forget where you put them.


    Promising review: "This table is totally awesome! I love that I can hide all the millions of controls inside, where no one can see them, and I cannot lose them! I've raised the top and used it that way to work on crafts and studying. My only complaint was that there was a slight scratch in the marble, but it wasn't enough to want to send it back and it doesn't really bother me. This is a brilliant design, and the mechanism appears to be heavy duty. It glides open and closed. It's the best furniture purchase I've made in years! I've had it for several months, and I still love walking into my living room and seeing it there. It's classy and utilitarian, kind of like me. LOL." —restless wanderer

    Get it from Amazon for $110.72+ (available in black and brown).

    11. A magnetic dishwasher sign so nobody will have an excuse for putting dishes in the sink if the dishwasher is dirty.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    12. An end table with a storage basket to artfully store anything in the common area that you don't want hanging out on the couch or coffee table.


    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with this table! The setup was a breeze. It was simple enough to do while watching an episode of Scandal. I believe it took me 15-20 minutes. I'm using it as a nightstand, and it's sturdy enough to support my 35" TV. You really can't beat the quality at this price!" —petitepineapple808

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    13. A large dish rack if you don't have a dishwasher and don't want to spend the time hand-drying everything.


    This one has an adjustable drain tray.

    Promising review: "It looks really nice and seems very sturdy and durable. Love the giant silicone topped pegs — holds my dishes in place, including wine decanters/glasses and lots of odd-shaped dishes. I like that you can move the caddy around as well." —PezFreak

    Get it from Amazon for $39.87.

    14. Some color-coordinating soap dishes so you never accidentally use your roommate's soap ever again.


    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 13 colors and styles).

    15. A wine rack to help free up some precious counter space and make the place seem a little bit fancier than it actually is.


    Promising review: "This wine rack is very sturdy and is high quality. It has a minimalist look that allows the wine bottles to be the focus. I love that it can be reconfigured or you can add more pieces to it later. It takes a little effort to hammer the pins and align the pieces to put it together, but it was fun! It's kinda like big fancy tinker toys. I love it." —CGB

    Ge it from Amazon for $40.

    16. A wall-mounted utility rack that'll keep all your cleaning products in order so you can stop putting off cleaning even if it's "not your turn."

    It has six retractable hoods, 11 storage spots, and can hold up to 35 pounds.

    Promising review: "This thing is AWESOME. I wanted one and put it on my wish list where it sat for... months? It just wasn't high on my priority list. Finally, after a few months of battling the brooms in my cupboard one day, I pulled up my wish list and there it was, waiting for me. Having had it installed for a few weeks now I can tell you — I should have bought it MONTHS AGO. I've been kicking myself for not getting it sooner. It takes about a minute to get used to because it takes a smidgen of force to get your brooms/mops/etc., in and out of the individual grips but I acclimated to it quickly, I'm glad the grips are strong — it keeps everything exactly in place. Nothing falls or slips out. Rather than having brooms, mops, dusters falling at me every time I open my pantry, now they are neatly waiting for me when I need them, not when I don't. REALLY happy with this purchase. Saves space, reduces frustration, and was a great value." —Grandits Family

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    17. A three-compartment plastic lid organizer to prevent an avalanche of plastic containers every time you open your cabinets (and to prevent you screaming and waking up your roommates).


    Promising review: "We have tons of Tupperware, and the lids flying all over used to drive me bananas. This is one of those simple products that makes a big difference. It has three compartments to hold three different-sized lids. We must have at least 25 lids in there, and they all fit great. It's kind of life-changing!" —Jack

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A shoe rack and bench so you're not tripping over shoes as soon as you walk through the door.


    Promising review: "I bought this little bench for our entryway to sit and put shoes on. It's just right for our needs. The height is good, plus it's very sturdy and was very simple to put together. It doesn't take up a lot of space but is still big enough to sit comfortably. I'm very happy with this purchase." —Apple

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in four colors).

    19. And a shoe drying mat for the winter months, because there's nothing much worse than tracking snow and dirt through your place and stepping in a wet puddle while wearing socks.


    Promising review: "This is small but fits very nicely by the door. It holds two pairs of big snow boots on rack or four pairs total. We live in northwest Montana so we have big snow boots. I really like this product. Plus, the price was amazing." —SkiP

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    20. Or some linen storage boxes that will make your home look sophisticated as you keep everything organized but also displayed with the drop-front view.

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "I was surprised at the high-quality edge stitching and the strength of the boxes. No flim-flam here! I love the ease of opening and closing the drop-front doors due to the hidden magnets. Also the clear window is thick plastic, not thin cellophane. All the different-sized boxes look great stacked together. I am so glad everything in my closet will now be protected from dust." —streakinghalo

    Get it from the Container Store $14.99/each.

    21. A bin to make recycling a breeze, as it fits a standard paper grocery bag. Just remember to empty it every once and a while!

    Uncommon Goods

    It's made of 100% recycled plastic.

    Promising review: "Since space is limited in my apartment, I can't have any of those larger blue recycling bins but I also wanted something that had an attractive design since my kitchen opens into my living space. This was the perfect find! It replaced the white and brown paper bags that I used for the space. Because I like the idea of the paper bags, the design made this a can't-miss for me. I liked it so much, I bought one as gift for a friend." —Landogarner

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    22. A handy app called Tody that lets you divide your household chores so you don't get stuck cleaning the bathroom EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Plus, it turns claiming your tasks into a sort of game, where you get to "check in."


    Get the app from iTunes for $6.99 or Google Play for free (with an in-app subscription).

    23. A non-slip couch armrest with pockets so you'll never spend 10 minutes looking for the remote again.


    Promising review: "This works perfectly for the 'Remote King.' We have several game systems and separate remotes for the TV and the cable box; this gives ample storage for all. I especially like the large pocket for those odd-shaped and/or larger remotes." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.92 (available in 10 colors).

    24. A shower storage caddy to help keep all your bathroom items separate from everyone else's.


    Promising review: "This shower caddy is wonderful. I love it, and it makes it so nice to put all my shower needs and makes it easy to get to. I would recommend it to everyone. This one also goes high enough for the tall shower I have. It's a great caddy." —Shirley Gordon

    Get it from Amazon for $30+ (available in four colors).

    25. A vertical bike rack that will basically turn your bike into a work of art everyone who visits will be talking about.


    Get it from Artifox for $199 (available in white and walnut) or a similar style from fluoshop on Etsy for $88.21.

    26. A multipurpose utility cart you can use as a bar cart if you like to throw parties, or just as a place to store extra stuff you don't have a place for.


    Get it from Target for $45.99 (available in teal, white, and navy blue).

    27. A umbrella stand so nice you'll want it to rain more just so you can use it.


    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    28. An over-the-cabinet hair-dryer caddy that'll help any argument about counter space in the bathroom ~blow~ over.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    29. A two-bin storage tower with a foot pedal on the bottom to make it super easy for you to store and dispense your pet's food. Plus, you can use the top bin to store all their other supplies so they don't end up in random corners of your place.


    Plus, it has a snap-lock lid to keep odor to a minimum. Each bin holds up to eight pounds of dry pet food. It also includes a 1.5 cup food scoop.

    Promising review: "I love it. It is a very useful storage for my small dog 's food, treats, and other items. I would recommend this to my friends. It is so simple to assemble too." —Very Pleased

    Get it from Amazon for $52.81.

    30. An over-the-toilet organizer because you somehow always need more storage no matter how big your bathroom is when multiple people are using it.


    Promising review: "This space saver is a wonderful thing to have in small spaces, and it looks great!! I am so happy with my purchase!! It was easy to assemble and the instructions made sense." —Lov2seay

    Get it from Amazon for $65.98 (available in brown, gray, and white).

    31. A mail organizer with two slots — one for your mail and one for the miscellaneous mail that shows up for the people who lived in your apartment years ago and never changed their address.


    Plus, it has five key hooks!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in gray, bronze, and brown).

    32. A knife block drawer insert to stop you (and your roommates) from reaching into the drawer and accidentally grabbing a knife from the wrong end.


    Promising review: "This knife block is one of the best items we bought for our new kitchen. Fits all our knives in a drawer only 13" wide. Easy to cut to size and excellent quality. Highly recommend!" — David L & Donna L.Gordon

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99 (or find a more budget-friendly version from Amazon for $21.99).

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