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    25 Problem-Solving Products To Help You And Your Roommates Communicate Better

    Turns out, most of us didn't forsee being together 24/7 when we signed the lease.

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    1. A shopping list notepad that sticks to the fridge so you or your roommates can easily check off depleted items the minute they run out. When it's time to head to the store, the list is already made so you won't forget to buy garbage bags...again.

    A reviewer photo of the pad with a header that reads "All out of" with notes and checkmarks on various items

    Promising review: "Very helpful for a house full of forgetful roommates. A great product to keep track of what we are out of in a house full of people on the go. Highly recommend to anyone with ADHD or just general forgetfulness. It comes with a sturdy magnet on the back so that you can put it on your fridge for easy use." —Rocket

    Get a 60-sheet pad from Amazon for $6.25+ (available in six styles).

    2. A The Golden Girls dishwasher magnet so your favorite ladies can let your housemates know the status of the dishes. No more stray dirty forks in a load of freshly cleaned dishes.

    A hand holding a pink and tan magnet printed with a portrait of Blanche from Golden Girls with the word "Dirty" underneath, followed by the word "Clean" and a portrait of the character Rose oriented upside-down
    The Red Swan Gift Shop / Etsy

    The Red Swan Gift Shop is a Florida-based small biz owned by Tate Kruta, creating pins, magnets, mugs, greeting cards (and so much more) with a hilarious pop-culture spin.

    Promising review: "This magnet is not only very helpful for remembering the state of my dishes, but it's so cute and puts a smile on my face every time I see it! Great quality, too. Highly recommend! I may have to get more for friends because they're all obsessed with it as well." —Azizza

    Get it from The Red Swan Gift Shop on Etsy for $7.95.

    3. Or a more subdued dishwasher magnet if you and your roommates can't settle on any TV-themed decor, but can definitely agree the current nonexistent dish communication system isn't working.

    Zulay Kitchen

    Zulay Kitchen is a small family-run business founded by husband and wife duo Aaron and Whitney Cordovez who create time and money-saving kitchen gadgets that they personally use, and want to share with families of all kinds.

    It also comes with adhesive tapes for mounting onto non-magnetic dishwashers.

    Get it from Zulay Kitchen for $11.99.

    4. A set of refrigerator bins for equally dividing up that precious fridge real estate and keeping your yogurt from encroaching on your roommate's kombucha.,

    This set comes with two wide drawers for fruits, veggies, and other larger items, two narrow drawers for snacks and condiments, a can dispenser that can hold 10 standard 12 oz cans, and an egg organizer that can hold 14 eggs.

    Promising review: "Perfect for me since I meal prep for work and my roommate does not. It's easy to keep my food separate from hers and keep the fridge in order with the bins. And I like feeling a little extra fancy with the egg holder." —Cheyanne Swaney

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $33.99.

    5. An eco-friendly toilet paper subscription made from 100% bamboo that can eliminate roommate fights over whose turn it is to buy TP by automating the process and having it delivered straight to your door. Fun fact (if you give a crap), they donate 50% of profits to help build toilets for those in need!

    Who Gives a Crap

    Subscribe to have rolls of bamboo toilet paper delivered straight to your door every one, two, three, or four months! you can easily cancel, make changes, add products and manage your delivery schedule via your online account at any time.

    Promising review: "These rolls of TP are just as good if not better than the regular TP out there. Knowing that the product is sustainable and the great work the company does makes me happy to support them and continue buying their products. I work for a B Corp company and know the work it takes to get that status so another reason to love this company and the happiness they spread." —Mel

    Get 24 rolls from Who Gives a Crap for $24+ (available in two quantities; get $10 off your first order when you subscribe).

    6. The free Splitwise app to help you split utility bills, dinner checks, and keep track of IOUs so there are no awkward conversations at the end of the month about who owes who what and how much.


    Splitwise tallies all expenses and lets you know who owes who what at the end of each month, helping you and your roomies track everything from utilities to takeout.

    Promising Review: "I use it everyday. I use it for trips, roommates, loans. I love Splitwise." —Trickseyus

    Download it from the Splitwise site for free.

    7. A set of shelf dividers for organizing the shared linen closet and eliminating the nagging fear that you've accidentally grabbed one of your roommate's also-gray towels by mistake.,

    Promising review: "These dividers turned a closet of chaos into organized bliss. (too much? LOL) Seriously, the shelves in my closet were just piles of shorts, swimsuits and workout clothes... you know how it is when you take your clothes off and, uh, put them away? Well, now they are all organized and it feels like I'm shopping for new clothes every time I go into my closet. It's so nice and tidy. Everything is where it should be. It's such a good feeling in this chaotic world." —CatCity Dude

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $16.99.

    8. A shoe tower rack if tripping over a pile of shoes is putting you in a foul mood every time you walk through the door. This one will fit in even the tiniest of entryways, taunting anyone who tries to walk away without putting their shoes back first.

    the lower half of a model holding a tiered shoe tower by the top handle

    Promising review: "This is great! Fits vertically in my small entryway; just what I was looking for. If you want a modern, stylish, clean-looking shoe rack with a small footprint, this is the perfect selection! It’s lightweight, but for storing five pairs of shoes, it’s great! It fits men's size 10 shoes perfectly." —Aaron Staley

    Get it from Amazon for $44.78 (also available in white).

    9. Or a bamboo shoe rack organizer with enough shelves to designate a spot for each roommate and a built-in umbrella holder that'll put an end to the sad wet pile of umbrellas by the door you've come to dread every time it rains.

    A bamboo shoe rack with four shelves and a built-in umbrella holder

    Promising review: "Perfect front door drop! It would easily hold eight pairs of shoes but we use it for a keys and yoga blocks drop as well. Easy to put together. I bought two of these, one will sit near the garage door. Love it!" —Julienne

    Get it from Wayfair for $50.99 (originally $96.99).

    10. A set of wall-mounted baskets because the collective pile of junk mail on the counter is getting out of hand, and keeping each of your mail separate might avoid a situation where the internet bill accidentally gets thrown out again.


    All wall mounting hardware you'll need for installation is included!

    Promising review: "We love these. We hung them in our kitchen for mail and other items that were taking up counter space. They are great!" —Eve

    Get a set of three from Wayfair for $76.99.

    11. A pack of bamboo drawer dividers so your doesn't-cook roommate and your always-baking roommate can keep their diverse collection of kitchen tools separate and out of each others way.

    A reviewer photo of an open drawer with four drawer dividers inside organizing a slew of various kitchen utensils

    These dividers fit 13.5" -16" drawers, only.

    Promising review: "I have to say I am so far satisfied with the purpose and quality of this product. It was very easy to install and fits great inside my drawer. It definitely made it easier for me to keep all my kitchen utensils organized. Thank you." —Vaninha

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $22.95+ (available in three colors).

    12. A four-tier tension pole shower caddy with rental-friendly no-drill installation that'll give each of you a place to stash your bathtime essentials, and eliminate bleary-eyed morning showers spent rummaging through Sally's 14 bottles of body wash.

    A reviewer photo of the four-tier shower caddy filled with shampoo bottles and other bath products

    For the last two years, I lived with my boyfriend and another couple in a two-bed, one-bathroom apartment. This is the shower caddy that we have and it's been truly fantastic, especially in a bathroom that is all but devoid of storage. It's really sturdy and can support a fair amount of weight. We all have our own shelf that we can keep as cluttered or as clean as we'd like, and no one has to worry about mixing up bars of soap, or ask whose empty shampoo bottle is still taking up space in the shower!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in seven finishes).

    13. A pack of erasable food labels for eliminating any doubt about whose leftovers are whose. These microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe labels can be reused again and again for years of name-protected food storage., Amazon

    This pack includes 70 assorted labels that are microwave-, freezer, and dishwasher-safe and allow permanent marker to be erased as often as needed.

    Promising review: "I love these! Writing is a little tough to erase but if you just use enough pressure when erasing it doesn't leave behind any "ghosts." Labels stay on through multiple dishwashes, and water/oil from your fingers doesn't make the writing fade/wipe off in the fridge. Great food labels. I use them to help count calories and differentiate my food from my roommate's." —Geeg

    Get a pack of 70 from Amazon for $7.87.

    14. A wall-mounted entryway organizer with enough hooks and shelf space to give everyone's frequently lost daily essentials — keys, wallet, sunglasses — a stylish place to call home.

    Beaver Lake Wood Co. / Etsy

    Beaver Lake Wood Co. is a small biz based in Rogers, Arkansas run by husband-wife duo Adrian and Kemper Palmer. Inspired by their own home on Beaver Lake, they handmake wooden home decor and storage products from gorgeous floating shelves to bathroom caddies.

    It comes with everything necessary for mounting! The back is installed with two sawtooth picture hangers and nails are included, so all you’ll need is a hammer!

    Promising review: "So perfect! I love everything about this little key hook! It’s so much nicer than any of the ones I looked at on Amazon. The wood is absolutely beautiful and it’s super easy to hang (very solid too). 12/10 recommend :) thanks, guys!" —Avery Dolan

    Get it from Beaver Lake Wood Co. on Etsy for $24+ (available in three sizes and in 11 colors).

    15. For everything else, try an easy-to-use label maker that will make it way more awkward for your roommate to borrow your stuff without asking. It literally has your name on it.


    This handy gadget creates labels with six font sizes, eight text styles, and over 200 symbols and clip-art images. A last-label memory feature allows for easy reprinting without re-typing. There's an automatic shut-off feature, and it requires six AAA batteries (not included).

    Promising review: "Keeps my roommate off my food. Helps with labeling food. Tape is cheap enough. Super easy and functional." —fr33 m0n13$

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. A pint combination lock if you find yourself living with unabashed ice cream thieves who won't be deterred by a simple label. The old "I didn't see your name" excuse won't work with this state-of-the-art security system.

    Ben & Jerry's

    Get it from Ben & Jerry's for $13.99.

    17. An apology note pad with an easy-to-fill-out form to make the inevitable need to tell each other you're sorry a little easier, and a lot funnier.


    Promising review: "Got it for my roommate and I to keep on the fridge. To help keep us motivated and positive while attending college haha. I love these!" —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $12.56.

    18. A dog-feeding tracker (or cat) so Fido and his very cute feed-me eyes can't trick you and your roommates into accidentally feeding him way more than is necessary.,

    This tracker comes equipped with magnets and self-adhesive backing for multiple mounting options.

    Promising review: "This thing is perfect! The sliders are a little hard to “set”, which I didn’t like at first, but it is actually kind of perfect because I don’t have to worry about the slider being accidentally slid over. It has always been hard to know who fed the dogs and when with three roommates, but we are on the same page now and the pups are happy! It even came with some mounting 3M stickers! I don’t know how we got by without it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three styles and in a cat version).

    19. A framed magnetic dry erase board that makes it easy for you and your roommates to easily build shopping lists or leave each other quick notes and reminders. My apartment dry erase board currently plays triple-duty as an out-of-stock tally, want-to-watch movie list, and gallery for my roommate's One Piece art.,

    The board includes mounting hardware, a magnet, and a dry erase marker with a built-in felt eraser.

    Promising review: "Great for college dorms or multi-person apartments. I put it on my bedroom door in my apartment to leave notes for my roommates. I put it up with Command Strips and it works great!" —Caroline Strange

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A printable chore chart to clearly establish roommate responsibilities and keep the apartment in one piece with as little bickering and passive-aggressive remarks as possible.

    The Go-Getter Club / Etsy

    The Go-Getter Club is a small biz that helps people get the most out of work and play through stylish printables for tracking work and life goals.

    Promising review: "Easy to download, easy to print. Now I just need my family to actually DO the chores that we put on the chore chart. :)" —Sarah

    Get it from The Go-Getter Club on Etsy for $6.11.

    21. Or a full suite of printable roommate solution sheets for keeping the entire household on the same page with templates for chore charts, collective shopping lists, house rules, emergency contacts, and so much more! Have a roommate problem? There's a sheet for that.

    12 pages formatted differently to address roommates need from bill tracking to shared inventory
    Print & Conquer / Etsy

    Print & Conquer is a Chicago-based small biz creating modern printable tools for the home, office, and more! Their designs are intentionally minimalist to allow room for individual creativity and a clean slate for applying personal organizational needs.

    This 12-page bundle includes formatted sheets for house rules, a master shared calendar, a shared exam schedule, roommate meeting notes, shared item inventory, a cleaning task list, a chore/cleaning share game, a shared bill tracker, shopping list, shared calendar, emergency contact info sheet, landlord/maintenance contact info log, and a print and trim guide with print test pages.

    Get it from Print & Conquer on Etsy for $6.99.

    22. A pack of multicolor label stickers because it turns out you all own iPhones and have the exact same phone charger. Assign each roommate a color for an easy way to differentiate cords, snacks, and more!


    Promising review: "I have three other roommates and food ownership can get somewhat muddled. We decided to assign each person a color and now when we get home from a shopping trip, we mark our food with these stickers. No more contemplating four containers of milk to try and figure out which one is yours!" —Emmy

    Get a pack of 1008 from Amazon for $7.13.

    23. A hair-catching TubShroom for ending the silent war between you and your roommate over whose hair contributes more to the clogged drain and, therefore, who should be the one to take care of it. Skip the clog (and argument) altogether with this hair-catching miracle, and let everyone take care of their own slimy ball of wet hair.

    The TubShroom fits any standard 15" to 17.5" bathtub drain. Try the SinkShroom if you're having clogging trouble at the sink, too!

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but I owe my life to this product so I figured I might as well. My roommate and I have fought for nearly a year due to the fact that my hair falls out in the shower and regularly clogs up the drain. This is the only product that has ever worked (at $13 bucks too??). It's ingenious and solves a widespread problem using simple mechanics. BUY THIS!" —Conner Nevel

    Get it from Amazon for $12.37+ (available in six colors).

    24. A "Who's in the doghouse?" magnet set so you and your roommates with a great sense of humor have a totally-not passive-aggressive way of signaling which one of you isn't pulling their weight.

    A magnet shaped like a doghouse that says 'Who's in the doghouse?" and four dog-shaped magnets with a quarter next to them for scale
    MadeinAmericaByFrank / Etsy

    MadeinAmericaByFrank is an Anaheim, California-based small biz run by none other than Frank, himself. After serving in the Marine Corps, running a store, and working in broadcasting, Frank found time in retirement to return to one of his favorite pastimes – woodworking. Now he creates these Family Doghouse sets that have been around since the 1950s!

    Get it from MadeinAmericaByFrank on Etsy for $25.95 (choose from eight dogbreeds and personalization is free).

    25. An over-the-door six-hook rack because the apartment bathroom has a total of one towel rack and there are four of you who, yes, do all shower and require a place for towel drying.


    Promising review: "Purchased to hang on the bathroom door. I was leary about buying one of these because they always seem to affect the way the door you use it on closes. Then if you get one with a thin enough profile, the hooks are flimsy and weak. This one is super sturdy. The hooks stand up to big terrycloth, heavy bathrobes, and heavy towels. And the way it sits over the door is nice and snug so it never interferes with the operation of the door. It also doesn't shift around when I'm taking stuff off of it and hanging stuff on it. It's the little things that make me happy. Worked out so well I bought one for my daughter's dorm room. As anyone who lived in one knows, you can never have too many hooks. It's held up well to four girls sharing a bathroom and all their towels, robes, etc." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in six finishes).

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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