40 Organization Products To Help Make Living With Roommates Bearable

40 Organization Products To Help Make Living With Roommates Bearable

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A set of airtight containers that will keep all your food organized and visible — and also give you an opportunity to ask your roommate if you can throw out that cereal that expired in 2018.


Promising review: “These things feed my overbearing need for everything to match and be out of the way. So glad to get rid of boxes and bags. The variety of sizes allowed me to store just about every dry good or baking essential in my cabinet. I might buy another set of these.” —Erin Looney

Get a set of nine from Amazon for $47.95.


A magnetic wall shelf you can easily stick your keys or other small things to. Plus, it’s also a whiteboard, so you can leave your roommate a note if you’re not in the mood to talk to them.


Or a basic letter board to turn your note into a work of art. (Just try to avoid anything too passive-aggressive!)

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The 10×10 letter board is made of black felt and comes with 340 letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols, plus a bag to keep the extras in.

Get it from Amazon for $17.89 (available in nine styles).


A pull-out cabinet organizer to get your stack of pots and pans in order so you don’t have to work as hard to get that one pan you need that’s in the middle of the pile.


Promising review: “This is exactly what I needed. I have a standard 34″ cabinet and all my pots and pans and lids took up the whole thing lying flat and stacked. My whole Costco set of pots and pans, lids, and lids from my casserole dishes fit nice and neat and I even had room to add another sliding bakeware rack. Do yourself a favor: If you are thinking about getting one of these, stop thinking and do it.” —Lisa

Get a 12″ from Amazon for $89.09.


Some Nordic baskets with handles and a dry-erase label to give your home the ultimate Marie Kondo makeover.

The Container Store

Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of your roommate if they don’t spark joy, though.

Get them from The Container Store for $7.99+/each.


A slide-out storage tower so you can ~squeeze~ the most room out of your kitchen because you all went to the store and bought olive oil, salt, pepper, etc. so now you have multiples of everything.


Promising review: “This storage tower is awesome and such a space saver. I live in a small apartment with little cabinet space, so I used this tower for my spices right in between my stove and refrigerator. It was also the easiest thing to assemble (no tools required)!” —S.J.

Get it from Amazon for $27.01 (available in 3- and 5-tier and in white and black).


A toxin-free storage container you can label with the date or your name so nobody gets confused about whose leftovers are whose in the fridge.

The Grommet

They’re made from shatter-resistant glass and silicone and are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe.

Get it from The Grommet for $21.95 (available in blue and orange) or from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes and four styles).


An over-the-cabinet bag holder so you all have a place to put the mountain of plastic bags that you’ve somehow all accumulated.


This holds up to 60 plastic bags.

Promising review: “We love this! We live in an apartment in New York City and storage is always a nightmare, but we need our bags. This hangs neatly inside the cabinet underneath the sink. The clear hooks make it look modern and undetectable from the outside.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.


Promising review: “I can’t believe I’m writing a review for a laundry basket, but I love it that much, so here I am. I purchased one at the Container Store that was $90, and once I got it home, it was ok, but I felt guilty for spending that much money on something you throw dirty clothes in. I’ve recently moved into a new condo where storage is a premium — however, the bathroom is pretty large, which is why I decided I needed something that was publicly presentable. The quality of this hamper goes way beyond the price. It’s attractive, stylish even, and very sturdy. I love it.” — Alan McGinnis

Get it from Amazon for $45.96 (available in seven colors).


A storage ottoman you can stuff your throw blankets inside when you’re not using them. Plus, it also doubles as a seat when you have people over!


Promising review: “It took just a few minutes to put together. It looks exactly like the picture. It’s an amazing quality for the price, sturdy enough to sit on, and just the right height to set your feet on” —Julkin

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in blue and grey).

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Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in white, black, and silver).


A lifting coffee table that’ll hide all those random magazines and books so well that you might even forget where you put them.


Promising review: “This table is totally awesome! I love that I can hide all the millions of controls inside, where no one can see them, and I cannot lose them! I’ve raised the top and used it that way to work on crafts and studying. This is a brilliant design, and the mechanism appears to be heavy duty. It glides open and closed. It’s the best furniture purchase I’ve made in years! I’ve had it for several months, and I still love walking into my living room and seeing it there. It’s classy and utilitarian, kind of like me. LOL.” —restless wanderer

Get it from Amazon for $103.92+ (available in black and brown).


A turntable organizer you’ll have a-round for a long time because you won’t have to fight with your roommate about which products to keep at the front of your cabinet anymore.


Promising review: “This holds all of my cooking oils and most-used seasonings. They now take up less room than they did before because they no longer have to be visible at the front! Now I just have to spin the lazy Susan and grab whatever I need.” —Lone Wolf

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


An end table with a storage basket to artfully store anything in the common area that you don’t want hanging out on the couch or coffee table.


Promising review: “I couldn’t be happier with this table! The setup was a breeze. It was simple enough to do while watching an episode of Scandal. I believe it took me 15-20 minutes. I’m using it as a nightstand, and it’s sturdy enough to support my 35″ TV. You really can’t beat the quality at this price!” —petitepineapple808

Get it from Amazon for $30.99.


A large dish rack if you don’t have a dishwasher and don’t want to spend the time hand-drying everything.


Plus, it has a removable drying tray so you have more room for dishes if you have a big load to clean.

Promising review: “This dish rack is classy, feels very sturdy, and is great quality. It’s been super handy, well-made, stainless steel and easy to assemble. It is big enough and looks perfect in my kitchen. It holds a lot of dishes and can save more kitchen space. It is very easy to clean. I highly recommended this dish rack!” —Venkat

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.


A wine rack to help free up some precious counter space and make the place seem a little bit fancier than it actually is.


Promising review: “This wine rack is very sturdy and is high quality. It has a minimalist look that allows the wine bottles to be the focus. I love that it can be reconfigured or you can add more pieces to it later. It takes a little effort to hammer the pins and align the pieces to put it together, but it was fun! It’s kinda like big fancy tinker toys. I love it.” —CGB

Ge it from Amazon for $40 (available in two sizes and two colors).


A wall-mounted utility rack that’ll keep all your cleaning products in order so you can stop putting off cleaning even if it’s “not your turn.”


It has six retractable hoods, 11 storage spots, and can hold up to 35 pounds.

Promising review: “This thing is AWESOME. I wanted one and put it on my wish list where it sat for… months? It just wasn’t high on my priority list. Finally, after a few months of battling the brooms in my cupboard one day, I pulled up my wish list and there it was, waiting for me. Having had it installed for a few weeks now I can tell you — I should have bought it MONTHS AGO. I’ve been kicking myself for not getting it sooner. It takes about a minute to get used to because it takes a smidgen of force to get your brooms/mops/etc., in and out of the individual grips but I acclimated to it quickly, I’m glad the grips are strong — it keeps everything exactly in place. Nothing falls or slips out. Rather than having brooms, mops, dusters falling at me every time I open my pantry, now they are neatly waiting for me when I need them, not when I don’t. REALLY happy with this purchase. It saves space, reduces frustration, and is a great value.” —Grandits Family

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.


A three-compartment plastic lid organizer to prevent an avalanche of plastic containers every time you open your cabinets (and to prevent you screaming and waking up your roommates).


Promising review: “We have tons of Tupperware, and the lids flying all over used to drive me bananas. This is one of those simple products that makes a big difference. It has three compartments to hold three different-sized lids. We must have at least 25 lids in there, and they all fit great. It’s kind of life-changing!” —Jack

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


A shoe rack and bench so you’re not tripping over shoes as soon as you walk through the door.


Promising review: “I bought this little bench for our entryway to sit and put shoes on. It’s just right for our needs. The height is good, plus it’s very sturdy and was very simple to put together. It doesn’t take up a lot of space but is still big enough to sit comfortably. I’m very happy with this purchase.” —Apple

Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in five colors).


And a shoe drying mat for the winter months because there’s nothing much worse than tracking snow and dirt through your place and stepping in a wet puddle while wearing socks.


Promising review: “This is small but fits very nicely by the door. It holds two pairs of big snow boots on rack or four pairs total. We live in northwest Montana so we have big snow boots. I really like this product. Plus, the price was amazing.” —SkiP

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


Or some linen storage boxes that will make your home look sophisticated as you keep everything organized but also displayed with the drop-front view.

The Container Store

Promising review: “I was surprised at the high-quality edge stitching and the strength of the boxes. No flim-flam here! I love the ease of opening and closing the drop-front doors due to the hidden magnets. Also, the clear window is thick plastic, not thin cellophane. All the different-sized boxes look great stacked together. I am so glad everything in my closet will now be protected from dust.” —streakinghalo

Get it from the Container Store $14.99/each.


A wall hook because a coat closet is a luxury we don’t all have in life, so, until then, this will keep everyone’s coats and scarves in a safe place rather than piled up on a chair.


Promising review: “I have had two of these mounted in our mudroom for over a year, and they hold everything! We have coats and bags on every rack all winter long.” —Eileen25

Get a seven hook rack from Ikea for $14.99.


A bin to make recycling a breeze, as it fits a standard paper grocery bag. Just remember to empty it every once and a while!

Uncommon Goods

It’s made of 100% recycled plastic.

Promising review: “Since space is limited in my apartment, I can’t have any of those larger blue recycling bins but I also wanted something that had an attractive design since my kitchen opens into my living space. This was the perfect find! It replaced the white and brown paper bags that I used for the space. Because I like the idea of the paper bags, the design made this a can’t-miss for me. I liked it so much, I bought one as gift for a friend.” —Landogarner

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $58.


A toilet paper stand with a spot to hold extra rolls so you aren’t totally out of luck when one of your roommates finishes a roll and doesn’t replace it.


Promising Review: “This free-standing toilet paper stand solved my household problem tremendously! At my home, my kids and husband would leave an empty shell of tube and any replacement is just placed atop the traditional TP holder. This has made everyone’s responsibility easier.” —Mixknickknacks

Get it from Amazon for $19.79+ (available in five colors).


A handy app called Tody that lets you divide your household chores so you don’t get stuck cleaning the bathroom EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Plus, it turns claiming your tasks into a sort of game, where you get to “check in.”


Get the app from iTunes for $6.99 or Google Play for free (with an in-app subscription).


A non-slip couch armrest with pockets so you’ll never spend 10 minutes looking for the remote again.


Promising review: “This works perfectly for the ‘Remote King.’ We have several game systems and separate remotes for the TV and the cable box; this gives ample storage for all. I especially like the large pocket for those odd-shaped and/or larger remotes.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in nine styles).


A shower storage caddy to help keep all your bathroom items separate from everyone else’s.


Promising review: “This is everything I was looking for! This shower caddy was super easy to assemble and install. The baskets are large—I can fit three 33 oz shampoo bottles on each shelf with room to spare.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in black, silver, and white).


Or a shower curtain with pockets that may look a little strange but will keep shampoo bottles that aren’t yours out of the shower so you don’t get confused and use the wrong one…again.


Plus, it can be used as both a shower curtain (facing out) or a shower liner (facing in).

Promising review: “This is the perfect solution for my tub/shower situation. We have no shelving, and showerhead racks tend to get rusty/caked with soap and have even fallen off. We’ve had this in the shower for three months now, and it’s great. It holds all our bottles, razors, and bars of soap. Yes, the soap can ‘stick’ to the mesh, but really it’s not bothersome at all. The lower pockets are accessible when taking a bath. We’ve had no issues with mildew/mold, weird smells, or the pockets tearing away from the curtain. Definitely one of my favorite practical purchases!” —Rachel B.

Get it from Amazon for $15.


A medicine cabinet organizer to maximize the amount of toiletries you can store in your medicine cabinet.


You can also use 3M Command strips to attach these to a wall if you don’t have a medicine cabinet.

Promising review: “This is an awesome piece to have in my medicine cabinet. It keeps my razor up above on one shelf and then creams or whatever beneath, and on another shelf, I have one holding my toothbrush up high and other items underneath. I love it. It adds so much more room to my cabinets and makes it functional where before everything fell out all over. This is the best idea EVER!! More space, less mess. I LOVE IT!!” —C. Chamblee

Get it from Amazon for $7.93+ (available in four sizes).


A vertical bike rack that will basically turn your bike into a work of art everyone who visits will be talking about.


Get it from Artifox for $199 (available in white and walnut) or a similar style from fluoshop on Etsy for $94.81.


A multipurpose utility cart you can use as a bar cart if you like to throw parties, or just as a place to store extra stuff you don’t have a place for.


Get it from Target for $50.99 (available in teal, white, and black).


A umbrella stand so nice you’ll want it to rain more just so you can use it.


Get it from Amazon for $36.99.


An over-the-cabinet hair-dryer caddy that’ll help any argument about counter space in the bathroom ~blow~ over.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20 or a similar style from Amazon for $17.99 (available in seven colors).


A two-bin storage tower with a foot pedal on the bottom to make it super easy for you to store and dispense your pet’s food. Plus, you can use the top bin to store all their other supplies so they don’t end up in random corners of your place.


Plus, it has a snap-lock lid to keep odor to a minimum. Each bin holds up to eight pounds of dry pet food. It also includes a 1.5 cup food scoop.

Promising review: “I love it. It is very useful storage for my small dog ‘s food, treats, and other items. I would recommend this to my friends. It is so simple to assemble too.” —Very Pleased

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.


An outlet shelf to give your bathroom products ~a lift~ off your oh-so-precious counter space you always seem to be fighting over.


Promising review: “I have been looking for a small shelf for my bathroom to put my mini speaker on, and this is the BEST! The size is perfect; I love it.” —KMAC

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in white, black and brown).


An over-the-toilet organizer because you somehow always need more storage no matter how big your bathroom is when multiple people are using it.


Promising review: “This space saver is a wonderful thing to have in small spaces, and it looks great!! I am so happy with my purchase!! It was easy to assemble and the instructions made sense.” —Lov2seay

Get it from Amazon for $62.95 (available in brown, gray, and white).


A mail organizer with two slots — one for your mail and one for the miscellaneous mail that shows up for the people who lived in your apartment years ago and never changed their address.


Plus, it has five key hooks!

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


A knife block drawer insert to stop you (and your roommates) from reaching into the drawer and accidentally grabbing a knife from the wrong end.


Promising review: “This knife block is one of the best items we bought for our new kitchen. Fits all our knives in a drawer only 13″ wide. Easy to cut to size and excellent quality. Highly recommend!” — David L & Donna L.Gordon

Get it from Amazon for $55.07 (or find a more budget-friendly version for $23.99).


And a splurge-worthy cordless Dyson that just may change your world because you and your roommates will fight over who gets to vacuum because you’ll all enjoy it so much.

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I’ve been using the cordless Dyson for almost a year now. I got it as a birthday gift from my grandma, and it’s honestly one of my favorite birthday gifts ever. I used to DREAD vacuuming. I hated how long it took, how you had to keep stopping to unplug and replug in the cord, and how mundane the whole experience was. Well, not anymore. I honestly never thought I’d be the kind of person to get excited about getting a vacuum, but this baby is brilliant. I can vacuum my whole apartment in about 5 minutes (it’s pretty small) without ever really stopping. Plus, it has different attachments that help me reach those hard-to-reach places (*cough, cough* under my couch) that haven’t seen a vacuum in years.

Get it from Amazon for $245.89.

What living in harmony with your roommate feels like:

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