Dorm Bathroom Essentials – 10 Employee Picks – Laurie

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Dorm Bathroom Essentials Employee Picks – from my Organized World to Yours – Laurie

No one is going to argue that dorm bathrooms aren’t the suckiest part of living on campus. It’s just a fact. Whether you share a suite with three or more people you don’t know or you have to lug your bucket of beauty aids down the hall to use community showers, dorm bathrooms will most likely make you um, appreciate your childhood home.

There’s never enough room in dorms for all of your stuff, your clothes, the universe and possessions that you have grown to depend on, the stuff that makes you YOU. Let’s face it, dorms were not really made for humans! But there you are. You have no choice really, but to make the best of it, bite the bullet, reduce, embrace a minimalist lifestyle, and go get an education. There will be inconveniences. Lots. But I’m going to make your life easier, by sharing some products with you, my very favorite, tried and true bath products. With a little luck, these will get your own gears turning for back-to-school preparation.

dorm bath caddy

1. Dorm Bath Caddy

Lightweight, but with lots of compartments for your bath gear, this portable caddy is perfect for lugging your bath accessories down to the community bath – or to your in-suite shared dorm bath. Two large compartments hold large shampoos and skin products and three smaller middle compartments are great for soap, razors and loofahs. Aside from transporting your stuff, this keeps all your bath essentials corralled in one convenient place. Cost: $6.99.

shower rod caddy


2. Shower Rod Caddy

When you share a dorm bathroom, or if you’re lucky enough to have your own, this over-rod shower caddy is great for holding all your toiletries. It has six pockets (three large and three small) for shampoo, soap, foot stones and more… The best part is that it’s made of mesh so it easily drains and keeps your accessories dry. Cost: $9.99.

shower head caddy

3. Over-Showerhead Caddy

This shower caddy is my top pick for in-room bathrooms as it has two adjustable shelves and lots of onboard storage for shampoo, razors, soap and more. The bottom soap dish has two integrated hooks for hanging wash clothes or loofahs. It requires no tools for installation and costs only $21.99.

hairdryer iron holder

4. Hairdryer – Iron Holder

The beauty of this hairdryer holder is it’s simplicity. Plus, it takes up little space and you can use it on a vanity, a dresser, or some other flat space. Because it’s freestanding, there’s no screws or drills to worry about. The resting surfaces are made of heat-resistant silicone, so there’s no worry about burning mishaps, provided you remember to unplug the iron. It includes storage for one hairdryer and one curling iron. Cost: 15.99.

over-tank storage

5. Over-Tank Storage Basket

Provided your dorm toilet has a tank (and maybe it doesn’t), this over-tank wire storage basket is a great way to make extra storage space in that underutilized place next to the toilet. Just lift up the lid and hook it over the rim and tah-dah, instant storage for Kleenex, your hairdryer, or any variety of bath essentials. Cost: $12.99

over-door towel rack

6. Over-Door Towel Rack

Not enough towel racks in your dorm bathroom? The over-door rack to the rescue! This one has three hanger bars for towels and washcloths and fits easily over any standard-thickness door. Cost: $31.99

clear tote

7. Clear Tote

A waterproof, clear tote is a great multipurpose bag for down-the-hall shower use and more. Along with carrying towels and bath accessories, this bag will meet safety requirements for football games and other events, thanks to the clear, zippered design. Cost: $10.99

squeegee

8. Shower Squeegee

Save cleaning time by using a shower squeegee after each shower session. Get your roomies on board with your routine and quadruple the fun. This one by OXO works great and has a built-in hook for hanging storage. Cost: $9.99.

makeup storage

9. Makeup Storage Box

Put your face on anywhere with this makeup storage box by Umbra. Stylish and functional, this box has a smartly-designed handle for carrying, a bottom drawer for pencils and mascaras, and three upright bins for your brushes and other accessories. It’s also great for storing nail files and other nail accessories. Cost: $29.99.

shower storage suction

10. Shower Accessory Holder – Suction

This is yet another great way to hold bathroom accessories on a shower wall without tools, holes or trouble. This suction accessory holder is 15-inches long with lots of room for storage and drainage holes to release moisture and prevent mildew. Cost: $9.99.

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Back-to-School Lunch Accessories – Top 10

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  • Reusable Lunch Bag
  • bento lunch box top view
  • condiment containers
  • snack containers
  • sandwich wrap
  • soup containers
  • sandwich box
  • folding cutlery
  • salad to go alt
  • insulated food container

Back-to-School Lunch Accessories – Our Top 10 Picks for the New School Year

It’s now August and the school year’s quickly approaching. Where did the summer go? Well, there’s still a little left, so be sure to savor it, but it’s not too early to start planning for school. Most likely, the priority school concerns are: transportation, school clothes, gathering and packing basic school supplies, locker organizing and, one of the most time consuming – packing lunches.

Lunches don’t have to be hard with careful planning. Check out our back-to-school Pinterest board for lots of back-to-school ideas, including great lunch accessories, meal planning, learning aids and more. For your convenience, we’ve compiled our top 10 favorite lunch accessories for easy, no-brainer, back-to-school shopping. Enjoy our slides above and use the links below to learn more about these handy lunch accessories. Most of these are from the Fuel line by Trudeau, and it’s no accident they’re on our top 10 list because they make super-high-quality products (and many even come with warranties).

1. Reusable Lunch Bag

Eco-friendly, with the added benefit of insulation, this reusable lunch bag has the nostalgic value of a good old paper sack without the waste. Modern and lightweight, the bag is made from BPA-free polyethylene, is foam-padded, and costs only $13.99.

2. Bento Lunch Box

Pack an entire meal in a single container with the Bento lunch box. Two removable compartments hold up to 45 ounces of food. One container has an open design, and the other one has three compartments to separate vegetables, fruits or snacks. This Japanese-style box is space-efficient, and can be tucked neatly into backpacks, briefcases and purses. It’s safe for the dishwasher and costs only $14.99.

3. Mini Condiment Containers

Nothing is more disappointing than a soggy salad on your first day of school (or any time). These mini-condiment containers are perfect for slipping dressings, condiments, or mini-servings of relishes and other foods into your pumpkin’s lunch. They snap together for stackable storage and are safe for the dishwasher. They come in sets of three, hold 2 ounces each and, for only $3.99 per set, you can buy a fleet of them.

4. Snack Container

Celery, carrots, breadsticks, pretzels and other snacks travel happily in this snack container. A small end compartment is perfect for dips, peanut butter or nuts and, at 6.75 inches, it takes up little room in a backpack or lunch box. Cost: $3.99.

5. Insulated Sandwich Wrap

salad wrap smallIt’s not just for sandwiches! The insulated sandwich wrap keeps burritos, pitas and rollups warm and ready to eat. It measures 15.5 by 17 inches and has a foil lining for insulation and a Velcro closure and carrying strap. Cost: $7.99.

6. Soup Containers

These lightweight soup containers keep liquids warm or cold and feature a leak-proof design for secure usage. Each container stores 16 ounces of soup, pasta, casserole or other foods and has convenient, built-in handles. Cost: $8.99 each and available in two color choices.

7. Sandwich Box

The sandwich box is our other eco-friendly pick. Reduce plastic waste by packing sandwiches in this reusable plastic box. It’s BPA-free and includes a limited-lifetime manufacturers warranty. Cost: $4.99.

8. Travel Cutlery

Here’s another reusable lunch accessory for eco-friendly lunches: the travel cutlery set. No more disposable plastic! Plus, it saves you money in the long run. Cost: $4.99.

9. Salad Container

salad to go smallSalads make a nutritional lunch accompaniment while providing lots of vitamins to your kiddo. This secure salad container holds 40 ounces of salad, has a slim profile, and includes an ice pack to keep it cold until lunch hour. Combine it with the condiment containers for a tasty, non-soggy meal. Cost: $14.99.

10. Insulated 12-Ounce Food Container

Hot or cold, beverages and soups travel well in this food container. Super-compact, at only 7.5 inches high, this insulated carrier keeps your honey’s food at the right temperature for eating. Cost: $9.99.

For more back-to-school lunch accessories, as well as back-to-school supplies of all kinds, check out the Organize-It website or use the “shop” link on the menu bar.

kid's lunch

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Make More Space in Your Dorm Room

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super-easy ways to make more space in your doorm room

Bed Risers and Under-Bed Boxes

under-bed shoe storageIf you have a single bed, you ‘ll be amazed at how much you can store under it, especially if you add some bed risers to increase the height. Even if you only have a twin bed, you have about 16 feet to play with, plus whatever height you can add using bed risers. Space under you bed is great for storing towels, linens, sweaters, shoes, coats and other items you might not need all the time. Specialty boxes are available just for under-bed use including shoe storage boxes, roll-out plastic storage drawers with wheels, and a variety of other under-bed solutions.

Vertical Storage Strategies and Specialty Closet Hangers

Unless you are extremely gifted at the art of minimalism, your dorm room is just not going to have enough storage. As with any small space, think vertical. You’ll find lots of storage space you didn’t know you had on unused walls, behind doors, and beneath clothes hanging in your closet. Read more useful information in our vertical organizing blog post.

Compact Clothes Folding Methods

Your dorm drawers are going to be too small and you won’t have enough of them, unless, of course, you are a super-evolved minimalist, which you may very well be. But don’t despair, you can double or even triple your drawer space by learning to fold your clothes efficiently. For jeans, rolling them as you would when traveling is probably the most efficient method. You can pack a whole lot of t-shirts into a drawer by using our method and stacking them sideways. I was able to pack about 60 shirts in my drawer using this method. I also threw out about 20 t-shirts in the folding process, as I accepted that other people find my stained and holey t-shirts uncompelling. Also, no human needs that many shirts…

Socks are more efficiently stored by simple folding or stacking. Rolling them deforms the elastic and actually takes up more space. Plus, folded socks can be stacked atop each other.

tidy snap fastenersHate folding? Well, there are two gadgets that can make your life easier. One is a t-shirt folding board and the other are the Tidy Snap fasteners, which take a second to fasten, and keep underwear and other small items neatly rolled for uniformly filling drawers. Easy to use and inexpensive, these products are great if you’re one of those non-fussy, inpatient people and you want to add a little tidiness to your drawers.

Over-Door Organizers

Over-door organizers are the bees knees for organizing your stuff. Most fit over standard doors and a huge variety of styles are available to store shoes, purses, jewelry, towels, clothes and lots of other things. Over-door organizers are one of those things that can be repurposed for a variety of uses – especially some of the soft shoe organizers. You can use the pockets for jewelry, socks, underwear, devices, and everything that doesn’t have a secure storage location in your home.

Magazine Holders

magazine-holderMagazine holders aren’t just for magazines. Use them for all of those paper things that get scattered around your room. Yeah, you are probably very digital and most things live inside your laptop or iPad, but think receipts, takeout menus, pizza coupons, notes to self, love notes from others or self ;-), course books, and all those paper vestiges of the old world order need a place to be. Put them in the magazine holder so they don’t get lost. You can also put non-paper items in them (see below). Magazine holders come in a variety of styles, materials and colors including bamboo, black, red and green. They make great decorative accents along with providing extra storage in your dorm room.

Repurpose Stuff You Already Own

It’s okay to get creative and make up your own storage solutions by repurposing stuff you already own. Silverware organizers are great for organizing jewelry, devices and a variety of other items. You’ll find lots of uses for magazine holders and other storage items on Pinterest or all over the internet.

Collapsible Laundry Storage

Laundry and laundry baskets tend to hog a lot of space in your dorm room or closet. Two things can reduce this clutter: a regular washing schedule and collapsible laundry bags/sorters. Oh, and a third, fold your laundry and put it away as soon as it’s clean. That way it won’t accumulate around your room or take up valuable surface space.

Baskets for Everything

Baskets are a great way to organize and store a variety of possessions and they come in a huge array of styles, sizes and are made in a range of materials from wicker to fabric to wire. They look great inside a closet shelf, on your desk, on bookcase, or on top of a dresser. Use them for linens, clothing, papers, craft items, magazines and more. Baskets make a great decorative element as they add texture and style to your dorm room. I’ve even seen people attach flat baskets to walls for inexpensive, temporary shelving. This is especially effective for bathroom storage of towels and other essentials.

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