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By Maddy Sims
August 11, 2017
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Maximize space in small dorm closets with these slim hangers. Their ultra thin shape means that you can squeeze more clothes into a tiny space. The velvet fabric also creates a no-slip grip, so you don’t have to deal with clothes falling onto the floor. To buy: $30; bedbathandbeyond.com.
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Rubbermaid Brilliance Containers

Take lunch to go with these nifty food containers. They come in different sizes and are guaranteed to be leak-proof, which means no worrying about spills throughout the busy day. Dishwasher-safe material makes for an easy cleanup, too.

To buy: $20; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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WallPop Dry Erase Board

Add a personal touch to any dorm room with this peel and stick dry erase board strip. It’s a low-maintenance way to spruce up the room, and it provides the perfect spot for to-do lists, reminders, or notes from friends.

To buy: $27; nordstrom.com.

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Real Simple Streamlined Hangers

Maximize space in small dorm closets with these slim hangers. Their ultra thin shape means that you can squeeze more clothes into a tiny space. The velvet fabric also creates a no-slip grip, so you don’t have to deal with clothes falling onto the floor.

To buy: $30; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Hot Iron Holster

Smaller dorm rooms and shared bathrooms usually mean sparse counter space. Store flat irons or curling wands conveniently and safely in this heat-resistant silicone holster. It can hang off of any surface so that the hot tools don’t take up any space at all.

To buy: $20; amazon.com.

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Waterproof Pack-able Backpack

Keep your books and computer safe from the rain by using this waterproof backpack. It’s also super light, which means you can wear it all day without any unnecessary discomfort.

To buy: $60; uncommongoods.com.

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Freedom

Stay focused while you study with this homework helper. It allows you to block websites and apps on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Windows Computers and syncs your devices, so you can cut out all distractions when it’s crunch time.