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    32 Products Every College Student Needs To Stay Organized

    Let this be the most fun and organized four years of your life. Then comes adulthood...

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    1. hanging shoe organizer to organize shoes, toiletries, scarves, socks, bras, and really just anything you need to put away! It's a classic, but a goodie.

    hanging shoe organizer with pockets on the back of a closet door
    Amazon

    It has 24 pockets!

    Promising review: "Sturdy, holds many items, so glad I got this! It hangs on back of bathroom door, so my counter and vanity stay neat. Holds more weight than you would expect." —dreamcatcher710

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in three colors).

    2. pill organizer that doubles as a water bottle so you can easily take all of your meds in the morning without having to fish around for that half-empty soda bottle you definitely put somewhere. 

    The pill organizer and water bottle combo in a bright yellow
    The Grommet

    This water bottle pill holder has a seven compartments built into it and the pegs on the side prop it up, so you can load up your supply for the week. Also, the cap doubles as a cup!

    Promising review: "This is just what I needed for medications that I have to take on an empty stomach in the morning. It allows me to take them while still in bed and not have to delay breakfast for too long. Hand-washes well with regular dish soap." —MP

    Get it from the Grommet for $8.50 (originally $10).

    3. rolling cart for when you need a good spot to store your condiments, sauces, and all the snacks. You can *also* use it for other things like toiletries, school supplies, or even as a bar cart! 

    Promising review: "Perfect for small spaces! I lack much storage space in my kitchen, This shelf is perfect because it’s so compact but has a good amount of extra storage space, very easy to assemble, well made, and perfect for spices and cans of food! I think I might purchase another one for my bathroom toiletries and things like that, very happy with this purchase!" —BarbieLee

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49 (available in three colors).

    4. A dry-erase calendar so you can keep track of everything going on in your life for the day in a chic and stylish way. Say goodbye to the ugly white dry-erase boards!

    The acrylic calendar on a wall above a desk
    APK Home / Etsy

    APK Home is a small business based out of Bellingham, Washington, that sells personalized home decor and wall calendars. 

    Get it from APK Home on Etsy for $40+ (available in four sizes and six colors). 

    5. K-Cup organizer that'll display all of your favorite flavors while making sure you know if anyone has been stealing your cups. I see you enjoying my hazelnut coffee, Brad.

    It has openings on both sides, for a total of 50 holes for all your K-Cups!

    Promising review: "I love how this organizer fits nicely under the cabinets. While I like the drawer under K-Cup machine, it wouldn't fit since it would raise the machine by inches and therefore cause the handle to bump the cabinet. This one works perfectly for my counter." —Idalia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90.

    6. Or a Mickey K-Cup holder to add a bit of ✨magic ✨to your morning routine. 

    a silver mickey-shaped k-cup holder next to a keurig machine
    PKDecor / Etsy

    PK Decor is a small business based out of Oakwood, Georgia, that sells primarily metal yard decor.

    Promising review: "The best finishing touch to my Disney kitchen. I absolutely love it. Material is great and it’s the perfect size. Also it shipped and got here immediately! Thank you!!!" —yaddyliese

    Get it from PK Decor on Etsy for $34.80 (available in eight colors and four styles).

    7. Or! A drawer to place your coffee maker on top of, saving you TONS of space on your already tiny kitchen counters. 

    Holds 36 cups!

    Promising review: "I am so glad I got this. It makes for such great streamlined storage. Keeps things tidy and neat, and also helps me keep track of how many cups I have left to determine whether or not I need to add to my grocery list. It is very sturdy and I fit my machine on top. The top is very durable, hard plastic and does not buckle with the weight of the machine filled with water on top." —tunisianswife

    Get it from Amazon for $20.77+ (available in nine colors).

    8. Foldable drawer organizers with tiny sections to organize your undergarments instead of having them stuffed in the drawer in a big pile. Who would do that? Okay, it's me. 

    storage organizers with compartments for underwear, socks, bras, etc.
    Amazon

    It includes four multi-sectional organizer bins that can be used for all kinds of items!

    Promising review: "I am so relieved that I purchased these for my kids' drawers. I'm having an all-out war with clutter and I'm winning! Thank you so much for these sturdy, affordable drawer organizers. Saved my life one room at a time." —Marilyn D.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six colors).

    9. Nifty shoe stackers because shoes take up an unnecessary amount of space without tackling all the vertical space above them. This product solves both issues! It's a win-win!

    before pic of shoes on open shelves and then the stackers taking up far less room on the shelves
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These shoe holders are fantastic. I'm using them for heels, casual shoes, and sneakers. For people with smaller feet (I'm a 7) it doesn't 'double' your space, but you can get three pairs where you had two. For people with larger feet, you really will double the space." —silversong203

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. A genius T-shirt roll holder to create some storage where you'd least expect it while simultaneously giving you a neat way to display your favorite tees. 

    A closet door closed with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops.
    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    The Roll Keeper is owned by Kelso, Washington's resident crafter, Traci. Traci has been crafting for over 40 years and created her storage design to help organize vinyl, soon realizing that it was the perfect organization solution for much more. Her shop has versions for bottles, wrapping paper, pens, and more.

    Promising review: "We moved recently and I realized — going through my clothes and choosing what to donate — that I had SO MANY T-shirts that I totally loved that hadn’t seen the light of day in months! It’s so hard to go through a drawer and see what you’ve got to choose from, especially when the images are folded up and hard to see. Let me say. This is fantastic. I finally unpacked my shirts today and rolled them all up and put them in the keeper and I’ve never been happier! I’m so excited to be able to see my tees and choose based on how I’m feeling for the day. Totally cool and excellent. Would buy again if I ever needed anything else stored — maybe another one for the T-shirts of the future!" —Cassandra Aleman

    Get it from the Roll Keeper on Etsy for $16.99 (available in three colors).

    11. bed you can easily lift for some fun secret storage! You can hide extra blankets, winter clothes, and all of your hopes and dreams when you think about your new student loans! *sobs*

    the bed lifted with things stored underneath
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in a small apartment with an even smaller bedroom. Storage is, as you can imagine, a necessity if you hope to have anything in your house at all. While it was a pain to put together (it took almost three hours and two people), this bed has been delightful. It not only has storage under the mattress (the part that lifts up), but for smaller, thinner things, you can store them under the whole bed. I have a thin art portfolio that fits just neatly under the whole bed, while thicker things, like my canvas, fit inside. It lifts and goes down quite easily (which, for someone with joint problems, is saying a lot), and the whole thing seems rather solidly built, especially for the price." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $404.99+ (available in four colors, and sizes twin–king).

    12. Or some bed risers to create more space under your current bed for your things.

    the bed risers creating additional under bed storage space for clothing storage
    Amazon

    Comes with four small risers and four large risers — you can use just the small risers to elevate your bed 3 inches, just the large risers to elevate your bed 5 inches, or combine the two to elevate your bed 8 inches.

    Promising review: "These bed risers couldn't have been easier to use. No sliding around on the hardwood floor and the bed was very stable. The risers worked as advertised and I am completely satisfied." —Steve P.

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $18.99.

    13. An outlet shelf for that one outlet that is too far from the couch or side table for you to place your phone down instead of it just hanging loosely from the cord. It *also* has a compartment to store extra cords!

    Reviewer using wall shelf to hold plant and electronic device
    Reviewer showing inside of wall shelf

    The shelf can hold up to 10 pounds.

    Promising review: "Wow. I was skeptical at first because there were no pics of the Echo, just the Dot. I’m so glad I purchased this. Not only did it free up counter space, it actually looks good. I will say, though, I had to use the lower plug because there wasn’t enough headroom to use the top. I banded the cord and it fit perfectly inside the cable channel for a clean look. I’d definitely recommend!" —Jill in Houston

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    14. A pack of dresser labels that would make the ladies from the Home Edit so proud to see you staying organized and labeled. 

    Dresser with written stickers on each drawer that say
    Made by Moores

    This woman-owned small business was started by organization enthusiast Rachel, who fills her shop with labels for every sort of situation. Made by Moores is based in Westminster, Colorado.

    To make your customized labels, write how many stickers you would like (one sticker equals one word), then write each word (e.g., "tank tops" for one and "shorts" for another). After that you can specify if you would like them in all caps, lowercase, or with standard capitalization.

    Get them from Made by Moores on Etsy for $2.50+ (available in 15 sizes and 22 fonts).

    15. *lockable* jewelry cabinet that doubles as a mirror so you can check out how cute you look in all your jewelry while keeping it safely stored away from your roommates.

    Reviewer photo of the jewelry mirror closed
    Reviewer photo of the jewelry mirror open

    There are three horizontal holes on each side of the stand; you can adjust to the most suitable angle according to your height to get a better view. It contains 24 necklace hooks, 78 ring grooves, 108 stud earring holes, 36 earring slots, four shelves, two bracelet rods, three makeup tool cups, and two bottom drawers.

    Promising review: "This jewelry cabinet is beautiful! I like it very, very much! Perfect for someone like me who buys a lot of earrings! It's easy to install and it only takes 10 minutes! It can hold all kinds of things like cosmetics, earrings, bracelets, necklaces. I really love it. Now it's neat to do it this way. I'm going to buy a birthday present for my best friend next time." —Sara Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (also available in white).

    And check out an over-the-door model.

    16. Or a hanging jewelry organizer if you're low on room space but still want to keep your baubles separated and tidy.

    reviewer photo of the organizer on a clothes hanger with lots of clear compartments so you can see the jewelry
    reviewer photo of the opposite side of the organizer with loops for holding necklaces and bracelets without tangling

    It comes with 32 clear vinyl pockets and 18 hook-and-loop closures.

    Promising review: "I needed something that would save me space, but where I could still see all of my jewelry. These things are extremely durable. I bought two of them, and I have probably 50 or so necklaces on one side and maybe 30 pairs of earrings on the other side. There is not a single tear in it. In the other one I keep nail polishes. It is very convenient because you can see all the colors and it does not take up that much space." —Nellie F.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. Or! A bifolding jewelry stand if you are looking to create a super aesthetic dorm space *and* have cute storage solutions. 

    The gold bi-folding jewelry stand on a counter with baubles hanging off it
    Simple and Neat / Etsy

    Simple and Neat is a small business based out of Seattle, Washington, that specializes in home storage and organization.

    Promising review: "This is way better than throwing all my accessories in my drawer! It looks so neat and makes looking for earrings so much easier. I’ll probably buy another when I run out of room." —Marlena

    Get it from Simple and Neat on Etsy for $20.99

    18. set of skateboard shelves to pay tribute to your favorite high school pastime or skateboarding in places you shouldn't have with all your skater buds. Oh, how time flies. Alexa, play "Sk8er Boi."

    a blue board and green board mounted as shelves
    Skate or Design / Etsy

    Skate or Design is small business based in Philadelphia that recycles broken skateboards by making them into street art–inspired furniture, accessories, and gifts.

    Promising review: "This skateboard shelf brings a new vigor and life to my room! Not only is this what I expected, but Jason was super responsive to my messages and seems to actually care for his customers. 10/10, highly recommended and definitely looking to buy more in the near future!" —eliu0247

    Get the two-piece set from Skate or Design on Etsy for $250+ (available in four color combinations and with used or new boards).

    19. A set of shelf dividers so you can stack your sweaters and jeans on the top shelf without having them topple over constantly.

    reviewer's closet with stacks of sweaters in between the dividers
    reviewer's linen closet with shelf dividers to divide stacks of towels

    They're also great for bulky items like linens and towels! The dividers are 12 inches tall and can slide over any standard shelf up to 7/8 inches thick.

    Promising review: "I love these! They fit snugly over my shelf, so they don't shift or move around. I have a lot of handbags and it's been a mess on my closet shelf for the ones that are floppy. I have limited closet space in a small home so my choices of where/how to store them are limited. This was the perfect solution. I plan on buying more when I get around to rearranging sweaters on shelves." —BarbraGenie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.34+ (available in platinum or bronze).

    20. helpful caddy you can place on the side of your bed for some extra storage space. You can even use it on the couch, side table, or coffee table!

    Model placing magazine in bedside caddy
    Bedside caddy placed on coffee table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing! I ordered the brown one and it matches my chocolate-brown/sage-green bedding and curtains perfectly. I have no room on my side of the bed for a nightstand. I have an adjustable bed and I kept losing the bed remote in the covers as well as the TV remote. This sits under my mattress very well and holds both those remotes, as well as the remote to my night-light so I don’t have to get up and walk around in the dark." —Renee P.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in three colors).

    21. Or! A tiny bedside shelf that's big enough to fit a laptop so you can write all those unnecessarily long essays the night before they're due. Or, let's be real, spend all night writing your new fan fiction novel. 

    Bedside laptop table with laptop on top
    Reviewer photo of the side shelf with an Amazon Echo, a candle, and a watch

    This bedside shelf will fit bed rails up to 1 1/2" thick.

    Promising review: "I was looking for something like this and most were really expensive and small. I knew I wanted something large enough to fit my iPad, my iPhone, TV remotes, and a mug for when I drink tea. I also really like that this is plastic vs. wood because if it ever gets wet or dirty for whatever reason it’ll be easier to clean. The high edges are nice too to keep everything from sliding off the tray also. It goes great with my Ikea bed as well. This table is also surprisingly sturdy. Like it doesn’t budge at all once I attached it to the side of my bed. Installation was really easy too. Took me less than a minute. I highly recommend this table!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95 (available in two colors).

    22. set of five desk organizers so chic, your desk space will be Instagram-ready at all times.

    Five gold desk organizers filled with supplies and placed on desk
    BluMonaco / Etsy

    BluMonaco is an Etsy shop that specializes in organization and decor.

    Promising review: "I moved into a new office space because of quarantine, and I needed something to help personalize the space, and these did the trick! Just what I needed to help me stay organized and bring some color into the space without being overbearing." —Brittany

    Get it from BluMonaco on Etsy for $40.