A+ organization

Nothing stands in the way of a perfect semester like a messy locker or dorm room—how can you score that A in physics if you can’t even find your book?

Nothing stands in the way of a perfect semester like a messy locker or dorm room—how can you score that A in physics if you can’t even find your book?

But have no fear: A new school year allows for a fresh start and a chance to reorganize your space. Here are some products, tips and tricks for making the most of your locker or dorm this semester:


ottomanStorage you can sit on. There is room for a small ottoman in even the tiniest of dorm rooms.

Use the ottoman for storage (and extra seating for friends).

Sit and Store Folding Storage Ottoman in Bling, Bed Bath and Beyond, $14.99, bedbathandbeyond.com


organizationCategorize those containers.

Buy collapsible bins and label them by category to make finding smaller clothing items such as belts and socks a breeze.

When it’s time to move out at the end of the year, these bins are easy to fold up and pack away without taking up a lot of space.

Underbed Simple Bin, PB Teen, $29, pbteen.com


magrackFile it away. Papers and handouts can pile up fast.

Buy magazine files in fun colors and prints to keep your desk looking stylish and, most importantly, organized.

Woven Magazine Holder, Urban Outfitters, $26, urbanoutfitters.com

lockerThe more pockets, the better.

Most lockers already come equipped with shelves, but books and binders quickly will take over.

For speedy access to pencils, pens and highlighters, purchase magnetic pockets to stick on the inside of the locker door and fill them with small school supplies.

Gear-Up Teal Essentials Pocket “All the Little Things,” PB Teen, $19.50, pbteen.com

chandelierTurn on the light.

It’s hard to quickly grab your chemistry notebook between classes if you can’t see where it is.

Add some additional light to your locker with chic chandelier lights.

LED Locker Chandelier Light, $24.99, organizeit.com

penOne tool, many functions.

Cut down on the clutter with products that can do it all.

Keep an eye out for multifunctional supplies, such as a pen that serves as both a writing utensil and a ruler. You can stick just one tool in your pocket rather than have dozens of different school supplies scattered throughout your locker.
Monteverde One-Touch Stylus Tool Ballpoint Yellow, Colorado Pen, $30, coloradopen.com

With a little help, it’s easy to keep clutter at a minimum. Stocking up on the right products can turn even the messiest students into A+ organizers.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass