All those miscellaneous school supplies—notebooks, pens, paper clips and more—quickly overcome desk drawers. Out-of-control junk drawers are the enemy of focus; what you need are drawer dividers to organize all your necessities. Create your own, free, by cutting dividers from old shoeboxes or cereal boxes, as shown on I Heart Organizing.
Related: 10 Smart Solutions for Junk Drawers
Tension-Rod Shoe Rack
Stowing shoes under the bed: Yeah, that's fine in a pitch, but it's not the greatest long-term solution (c'mon you're an adult now).Take a tip from A Loyal Love and arrange a set of tension rods at the bottom of your closet. Don't need to hang heels? Install two rods at the same level, one in front of the other, resting your flat-soled shoes on top.
Jewelry Bulletin Board
In-plain-sight organization converts everyday objects into instant art. Here, jewelry hung from tacks on a bulletin board works wonders on the room’s otherwise plain-Jane walls. Visit Oh Really Becky to learn how to mount the board, either from a wire or with removable picture-hanging tape.
A dorm room closet may not hold all your clothing, let alone the miscellaneous other items you might like to store out of sight. Take advantage of space under the mattress. Lift the bed a few inches, then slip in a couple storage units like these. That's My Letter made her from old drawers, enhanced with caster wheels.
No more rolling out of bed to grab the remote or putting on slippers to pull a novel off the shelf. Like the ultimate nightstand, a bed caddy attaches directly to the bed frame and keeps nightly items at your fingertips. My Poppet's sewing guide can help you make this convenience happen.
Washi Cord Organizers
Tangled electrical cords are seriously unsightly. Keep yours nice and neat by folding them into toilet paper rolls. If au naturel cardboard isn’t ritzy enough for your roommate, follow the lead of Our Thrifty Ideas and decorate—or even color-coordinate—using washi tape.
If you're interested in more storage ideas, consider:
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