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13 Organizational Hacks Your Roommates Will Thank You For

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1. Keep your food separated with bins or (if you're feeling mischievous) a locker with its very own combination lock. :P

We all secretly dip into our roommate's food, but this one "Stops Refrig-A-Raiders"!

2. Use an app like Homeslice to make sure everyone does their share of the household chores.

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Homeslice helps you keep track of bills, chores, and household supplies: the golden trinity of Things Roommates Argue About.

3. Or make a crafty pinwheel chart to keep chores on rotation!

Not all chores were created equal. It's good to take turns.
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Not all chores were created equal. It's good to take turns.

4. Keep your mail, keys, and to-dos neat with a chalkboard organizer near the front door.

Also perfect for leaving each other messages! Available here.
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Also perfect for leaving each other messages! Available here.

5. Make sure everyone has their own personalized mug to drink from.

We've all faced a mountain of mugs and glasses in the sink. Having assigned glassware will save you time and energy (and it's good for a few chuckles).

6. You can synchronize a central household shopping list across multiple phones with the OurGroceries app.

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If someone picks up salt at the grocery store, they can remove it from the communal list with just one tap. Now you know not to buy salt! Because two salts = unnecessary.

7. You can also simplify your roommate expense management system with the Splitwise app.

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Nobody wants to deal with actual money anymore, amirite?

8. Use labels to make sure everyone knows what's up with the dishwasher.

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Dishwashers can be contentious. Why not have a drama-free dishwasher instead?

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Dishwashers can be contentious. Why not have a drama-free dishwasher instead?

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Dishwashers can be contentious. Why not have a drama-free dishwasher instead?

9. Pro tip: Assign everyone their own colored ice cube tray...

...so you don't open the freezer and find this:

Everyone has their own approach to proper ice management. Now, you can each do your own thang!
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Everyone has their own approach to proper ice management. Now, you can each do your own thang!

10. Get command hooks to give everyone their own shower caddy.

Knocking over four bottles of shampoo when you reach for the soap can get a little annoying, to say the least...
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Knocking over four bottles of shampoo when you reach for the soap can get a little annoying, to say the least...

11. Use a mason jar organizer to keep your bathroom things separate.

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No more roommate toothbrush cross-contamination! Get DIY instructions here.

12. Keep track of stray socks with a missing sock holder everyone can use.

There is no greater feeling than finding the mate of a lonely sock.
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There is no greater feeling than finding the mate of a lonely sock.

13. Set up a schedule so every roommate has the place to themselves once a month!

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There's no feeling quite like being home alone. And you'll love each other even more once you've had a break!

When it comes to roommates, there is an unspoken code that we all adhere to. Just ask these tiny animals:

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