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27 Things That'll Make Your Dorm Room A Much Better Place

Make the best of that small living space!

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1. Use a magnetic cable organizer to keep your plugs from falling allllll the way behind your desk.

Most promising review: "I have this organizer sitting on my dresser, where it holds my two lightning cables when I'm not using them to charge my iPhone and iPad. I like the simple but pleasing design, both in looks and function. It looks 'pretty' enough to leave out on the dresser. The magnetic force is enough to keep the cables in place, yet make them easy to remove when I want to use them." —N.S. Goodman

Get one from Amazon for $15.

2. Put your bed on risers to open up storage underneath.

Get a set from Bed Bath & Beyond for $29.

3. Get a desk lamp that has adjustable color temperature and USB ports on the base.

Promising review: "This lamp would be ideal for home or office use. It would also be perfect for dorm room use; it saves table space by being a lamp and a charger in one." —alvin ray

Get one from Amazon for $48.

4. Fill those empty walls with a tapestry.

Get one from Society6 for $39.

5. Keep a hand vacuum close by to easily clean up all your messes.

Promising review: "I live in a dorm with three other girls and this sucks up all of our hair that seems to magically appear everywhere! We made gingerbread houses and it sucked up all of the sprinkles and crumbs. Corners that get dusty, and crumbs under the desk get sucked up as well." —Ashley

Get one from Amazon for $50.

6. Make better use of space with an over-the-door hanger.

Promising review: "This item fits well and flat on our door so it can close with the hook on it. This is our third one of these. I keep buying them to put on doors around our home, and in the dorm because the hooks are round and smooth — it does not leave an imprint on clothing as items dry." —Meewa

Get one from Amazon for $13.

7. Keep your books and essentials within arm's reach with a bedside pouch.

Promising review: "If you're sick of hunting for things when you're reading and sick of clutter on your nightstand, you will love this bedside storage organizer. I actually use it on a chaise in my bedroom and have found it perfect to keep things close at hand but neatly stored. Definitely recommend this." —SoozeSays

Get one from Amazon for $9.

8. Or if you basically live in bed, get one that will run the length of it.

Promising review: "I really like this product. It has a row of pouches for each side of the bed. You do need to remove the mattress. It connects in the middle with velcro depending on the size of your bed. It seems to fit all bed sizes. I have a king and it fits perfectly." —Raych Hunt

Get one from Amazon for $20.

9. Add more flair to your room using some copper string lights.

Promising review: "These lights are great! I was looking for a cheap way to brighten up my dorm room, and Goodwill lamps really weren't working for me anymore. Enter these lights! I read a few reviews and didn't believe how bright they were described — I was wrong. They are easily bright enough to read by, even with all the other lights off. I actually bought two strands, but these are so long and bright I didn't need the second pair. Very easy to put up and hang (mine are over my bed and in the closet)." —Amazon Customer

Get warmer-colored lights from Amazon for $11.

Get cooler-colored lights from Amazon for $9.

10. Or make it more ~natural~ with pinecone lights.

Promising review: "I love these lights. Let me just say, I'm hard to please... and these are fantastic. The price makes you think, well maybe they'll be ok for a little sparkle. No, these are really fun! I have them hanging over my kitchen window holding Christmas cards and they really add a great ambience to the room." — ReedMom3

Get one from Amazon for $8.

11. Keep your socks and underwear organized with a honeycomb divider.

Promising review: "This product saves me so much time! Before I found this product I folded all of my undergarments and arranged them, which is very tedious. Now I can just put them in sections of this organizer and it looks so much more appealing and it is much easier to find what I'm looking for." —Jeri Lynn

Get one from Amazon for $10.

12. Clear up your tabletop spaces and keep all your small items in a tuck box.

Promising review: "These make great gifts. Can be used as jewelry box. Or as valet box for contents of pockets at night. Or as desk box in an office, home office, or at work to store paper clips, rubber bands, extra USB cables, etc. Good looking, and useful too." —Jenn

Get one from Amazon for $30.

13. If you're not one to make the bed in the morning, some zip-up bedding will make you one of those people.

Promising review: "So far, so good... received in a timely manner, my son liked it and it's really easy to make in the mornings, so his room stays a little bit neater. The material feels good and the colors are clear and vibrant." —Marisela

Get a set from Wayfair for $57.

14. Cozy up your study nook a little more with some book pillows.

Get some from ThinkGeek for $25.

15. Make better use of space by getting a mini fridge that doubles as a whiteboard.

Promising review: "This fridge is unique in the fact that it has a black board on its face that is perfect for my college age daughter in her dorm room. The Igloo brand name made me trust in the fact that it's a quality product to boot." —romer1

Get one from Walmart for $99.

16. Hang up all your memories with a simple clothesline hanger kit.

Promising review: "I was looking for a cute way to display my Polaroid snapshots and I definitely found it! I am I love with this hanger. It's modern and fits so many photos without taking up too much wall space." —Anonymous

Get it from Modcloth for $25.

17. Relax your space with a candle that smells like old books.

Promising review: "This candle has the coziest smell! This candle makes me nostalgic, and I really love that about it!" —Lauren Schoneker

Get one from Frostbeard Studio on Etsy for $18.

18. Set up a privacy tent for your bed so you can nap while your roommate works.

Promising review: "When my mom showed me this product before my sophomore year of college, I was thrilled. I was looking for something exactly like this... except I didn't know this existed. It was perfect for what I wanted — something to give me privacy from my roommate. To allow me to nap while she's working on homework, go to bed while she's up reading, or even though we're friends, just block her out if I needed some space." —kclareq

Get one from Amazon for $129.

19. Hide away your clothing easily with a closet organizer.

Get one from Pottery Barn for $24.

20. Create a bed kingdom within your room with a feathered canopy.

Get one from Mombasa for $42.

21. Passively light your room and make it more spacious with some classic glow-in-the-dark stars.

Promising review: "These are great! Even with no direct sunlight in the room, these light up beautifully and stay lit. Sometimes I wake up five hours later and they are still shining. There were enough stars for us to put up the big and little dipper, Cassiopea, and Orion." —Judith Parsley

Get a set from Amazon for $20.

22. Get that last look at your outfit before you leave with a full-length mirror.

Promising review: "This mirror is more expensive than regular over-the-door mirrors you can buy at box stores... BUT it's because it's made well and is very sturdy." —Mrs. Heter

Get one from Amazon for $60.

23. Create a comfier-feeling space with a thick-knit throw carpet.

Promising review: "Bought this for my boyfriend's mother, and she loved it! I'll definitely buy a larger one in the near future for her and maybe even myself. The quality is very good and even though the knits make it seem like it won't be warm, it actually is! Great material!" —Annie Vang

Get one from WoolWow on Etsy for $60.

24. Throw out your old sheets and improve your sleep with pima cotton ones.

Promising review: "Like sleeping on a cloud. Very generous in size — easy to put sheets on a thick mattress. These are the only sheets I will buy from now on." —clahess

Get a set from L.L. Bean for $99.

25. Use an aromatherapy diffuser to make sure your place always smells fresh.

Promising review: "I bought this item for my dorm room because I wanted to finally try my essential oils. I LOVE IT! The color settings allow for extra light (although it's not bright enough to just use that, which is okay!), and I love that I can choose how often it will mist! I'd recommend it in a heartbeat!" —Rebekkah Parsons

Get one from Amazon for $18.

26. Save your back when you're up studying in bed with a reading pillow.

Promising review: "I've had this several days and while it is not scrunchable, it does warm with my body heat lying on it and is comfortable enough that I have fallen asleep on it several times. I use it in bed to read or watch TV and it is a lot better than trying to keep a stack of down pillows upright and supportive." —JJ

Get one from Amazon for $40.

27. And make working in bed easier with bamboo laptop desk.

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Promising review: "I LOVE this table! Works great for doing homework in my bedroom when I want to be warm and comfortable. Totally saves my back! Most definitely recommend this brand of table. The drawer is nice and the cutout keeps my laptop cool." —Jessica

Check out our review of it for Things We Tried.

Get it from Amazon for $36.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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