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    35 Organization Products That'll Make Living With Roommates Bearable

    Because a passive-aggressive text will only get you so far.

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    1. A 10-piece set of airtight containers that'll inspire you to toss out all the bags cluttering your kitchen shelves β€” and finally ask your roommate if he still wants those Milano cookies that expired in 2016.

    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." β€”Erin Looney

    Get the set of 10 from Amazon for $64.99.

    2. A pull-out organizer to tidy up all of the stray pots, pans, and lids collecting dust around the apartment.

    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 laying 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 bake-ware rack. Do yourself a favor: If you are thinking about getting one of these, stop thinking and do it." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $77.99.

    3. A wall shelf that'll double as a dry erase board, so you can leave passive-aggressive notes like "Noticed the kitchen trash is gettin' pretty full! :)"

    Get it from Artifox for $99 (see something similar from Amazon for $33.99).

    4. Or a stylish peg message board that incorporates hand-drawn typography to turn your reminder into a work of art.

    Get it from Poketo for $54 (see something similar from Urban Outfitters for $17).

    5. Nordic baskets with handles you can store odds and ends in. The best part: Each basket has a dry erase label so you'll always know where everything is.

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

    6. Speaking of dry erase: a shatter-resistant food storage container you'll be able to label, so your roommates never accidentally toss your food again.

    What's more? You can pop 'em in the freezer, fridge, microwave, oven, or dishwasher.

    Promising review: "Just the right size for my use, and what a neat way to store leftovers. And what a great solution to microwaving.... that silicone outer covering stays cool to the touch (not to mention that it looks nice)." β€”Corinne

    Get it from the Grommet for $24.95.

    7. A double laundry hamper for the bathroom so you won't have to catch a whiff of any more mildew-y towels. (Try designating a bag for each roommate!)

    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 for $35 goes way beyond the price. It's attractive, stylish even, and very sturdy. I love it." β€” Alan McGinnis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96.

    8. Mini suede pouches that'll help you consolidate grooming products and decipher whose stuff is whose.

    Get them from CB2 for $13.99+.

    9. A sheet metal stool to hide any communal books and blankets inside of β€” or use as a piece of furniture when your roommates bring over guests.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.

    10. A coffee table that'll fold up to reveal an excellent storage unit for magazines and electronics.

    Get it from West Elm for $480+ (available in two colors).

    11. A magnetic dishwasher sign for clearing up any confusion over whether the dishes are clean or dirty.

    And congrats on owning a dishwasher!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90.

    12. Or, if you're not a lucky dishwasher owner: a large dish rack with an adjustable drain tray to simplify your hand-washing system.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    13. Color-coordinated soap dishes that'll ensure you don't use your roommate's soap by mistake. Never again.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 each.

    14. A hanging desk organizer, so that everyone's miscellaneous items won't turn up under couch cushions.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59.

    15. A pinewood and steel wine rack that'll hold 28 bottles, so you can free up some precious counter space. (And lose a bit of floor space β€” but who cares? Not you. You are now a person who owns a very sophisticated, industrial wine rack.)

    Promising review: "Spent time looking for attractive and different from the norm wine storage and found these racks on sale at 50% off. I bought two and set them up side by side. They are balanced, sturdy & low profile. The openings are large enough to fit burgundy & champagne bottles. Magnums fit on the top. Splits are too small but can fit on the bottom that sits on the floor. Will wait for another 50% off sale to buy a couple more." β€”Wine Pro

    Get it from World Market for $97.49 (see something similar at Amazon for $40).

    16. Or a mountable cubic storage unit for your bottles, if your walls are looking a little lonely and/or you don't have any free floor space.

    Promising review: "This was very easy to install and looks just like the picture. It was a great addition to a narrow wall next to our kitchen/dining area." β€”Michelle

    Get it from World Market for $69.99.

    17. A rolling shoe rack that'll fit under tiny spaces β€” a much more efficient system than flinging your shoes off at the door.

    Promising review: "Had a non-rolling large metal shoe rack, black, and in my house shoe racks have to be moved frequently because the floor underneath collects things that belong in the garbage or at least swept outside. Hefting that old one made me dream about a rolling shoe rack. Looking at other Yamzaki items on Amazon, and here was my dream shoe rack. I bought two, might buy more, gave away the big old one to someone who likes piles of ack under his shoe rack. This company makes good-looking stuff." β€”e

    Get it from Amazon for $59.53 (available in two colors).

    18. And a shoe-drying mat so everyone doesn't leave a trail of snow and dirt during the winter months.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14.

    19. Or, some sophisticated linen storage boxes with drop-front access that'll make everyone's shoes the focal point of the room.

    Promising review: "I was surprised at the high quality edge stitching and the strength of the boxes. No flim-flam here! 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." β€”streakinghalo

    Get it from the Container Store $14.99/each.

    20. A set of four tiny storage houses, because sometimes it takes a village to keep an apartment organized.

    Get them from Menu Design Shop for $14.

    21. A bin the exact size of a standard paper grocery bag to make taking the recycling out a breeze.

    It's also made of 100% recycled plastic, which feels appropriate.

    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. So much so I bought one as gift for a friend." β€”Landogarner

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    22. Tody, a handy app that lets you divvy up household tasks β€” like taking the recycling out! β€” and "check in" to claim them. Almost like...a fun game.

    Get the app from iTunes for $6.99 (compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch).

    23. A couch armrest organizer, so you'll never have to text your roommates "where the remote at?" ever again.

    Promising review: "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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69.

    24. An over-the-door shower caddy that'll keep your grooming supplies from mingling with your roommates'.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.

    25. And a tension corner pole with four adjustable baskets to do just the same β€” but in your shower.

    Promising review: "I had never seen one of these before I moved in to my last apartment three years ago β€” what a perfect solution to a common problem. With roommates, especially, you can end up with a lot of products in the shower: multiple soaps, conditioners, body washes, salt scrubs, loofahs, razors, etc. I like that there isn't any installation required other than to put the tension rod in place so it is apartment-friendly." β€”Beatrice in Boston

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    26. A vertical bike rack classy enough that you might not mind having a bike prominently displayed in your communal space.

    Get it from Artifox for $199 (available in three colors).

    (See something similar from L.L. Bean for $69.)

    27. An over-the-cabinet hair dryer caddy that'll create easy access and eliminate shelf clutter for your roommates.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14.

    28. A wooden rolling cart you can use for practically any household items. For extra credit: You can designate a shelf for each roommate.

    Promising review: "No assembly required for this efficient storage cart. Plus, it looks good and is very well made." β€”Laura

    Get it from World Market for $103.99 (see something similar from Amazon for $59.99).

    29. A storage tower to make owning a pet much, much easier by allowing you hands-free access (there's a foot pedal!) to an eight-pound food bin and organizing your leashes and bags along hooks inside.

    And, in turn, your roommates will hate you a little less for keeping your pet stuff tidy and to yourself.

    Get it from Brookstone for $61.32.

    30. A three-hole desk organizer from Chip and Joanna that'll fix up β€” or at least divert your attention from β€” the trash den that is your shared space.

    Get it from Target for $11.99.

    31. An eight-pack of color-coded cable ties so your roommate doesn't accidentally take your laptop charger with them to work, leaving you with 12% battery for the day.

    Promising review: "I have found several uses for this product. They are not only useful for computer cords, but I have used them on extension cords and my curling iron where the electrical cord was much too long. Very useful items." β€”Textgal

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $5.

    32. A mini medicine cabinet with a lock, in case your roommates are super shady and/or you are super shady.

    Get it from Ikea for $29.99.

    33. An eye-teaser of a stand that'll finally give everyone's umbrella the home it deserves.

    Out of respect, I will not be making a Rihanna reference here.

    Promising review: "Perfect modern umbrella stand. It comes with a rubber mat to prevent the bottom of the stand from scratching." β€”IAN

    Get it from Wayfair for $53.99.

    34. A chic letter holder to organize all of the incoming mail β€”including the letters that belong to the tenant who never changed her mailing address after moving three years ago.

    Promising review: "I use this on my countertop to organize bills and letters. Everything fits in nicely, and I love the two heights of metal racks. The heavy base keeps everything weighted and in place, definitely worth the β€”rosemarychristine

    Get it from World Market for $24.99.

    35. A knife block drawer insert, because you keep stabbing yourself on the knives your roommates leave haphazardly in the drawer.

    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!" β€” David L & Donna L.Gordon

    Get it from Amazon for $58.68 (see something similar from Amazon for $19.99).

    You and your roommate living together in harmony at last:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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