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If you've ever lived in a dorm (or currently do), you know the challenges: noisy roommates, prison-like dimensions, and zero storage. Funny, that sounds a lot like our adult apartments. No matter how much of our youth we spent cultivating mansion (or penthouse) dreams, our real-life spaces always wind up a bit more economical.
So, in honor of back-to-school (and fall sprucing) we rounded up 30 essentials to make your home more functional — and fun — no matter your age. From a suction-cup-adhering medicine cabinet decorated with prescription pop art to a backpack laundry bag, these affordable buys just make life easier, so you can focus on your studies/grown-up things. Decorating 101 starts now.