Things I learned you’ll actually need for your dorm after one year of college that you probably won’t see on pinterest
So, I recently finished my first year at college (which was definitely an adventure, and probably one of the best years of my life so far) and I’ve made a few mistakes, but none that couldn’t be fixed. For example, I really didn’t do adequate research as to what I’ll actually need for my dorm room because I was too busy fantasizing how I was gonna diy decorate my dorm room into a pinterest masterpiece. Anyway, I quickly learned my lesson.
Basically, your dorm room isn’t just for display. You live there. It’s gonna get messy, it’s gonna have to store a lot of stuff, and you’re not always going to have time to keep it in pristine condition because life gets crazy. But you can deal with it, I promise, and for all the new freshman prepping for their first dorm experience, I want to give some advice on how you can be prepared for what college life actually hits you with.
Alright, so I actually ended up being in a triple (so I had two roommates) which meant I had even less space than the average broom-closet sized dorm room and I had two people I had to get along with. Thankfully, we all ended up being really close and very considerate of each other, and I am incredibly grateful for it. We learned our lessons together, and this is the list of stuff we came up with:
1. Vacuum: Get a real vacuum, maybe a cheap one (not like a crazy dyson), but a real one. Not just a handheld one (like we had) because it won’t be enough. Girls shed hair. A lot. (especially three long haired girls like us) People might accidentally spill a bag of powdered sugar on your rug, or you might rip open a bag of cereal a little too vigorously, or, more seriously, you might break something like glass and you don’t want anyone cutting open their foot on a shard.
2. Swiffer: If your floor was linoleum like ours (that’s why we needed a rug, which I’ll mention later), then it will get dusty and dirty. Having a swiffer is just nice to have because once you vacuum your rug clean, you don’t want the dirt on the linoleum getting on the rug. Plus, it’s gonna a rain and there’s gonna be mud. It’s gross.
3. Brita filter: So my dorm was actually the absolute best freshman dorm not just because the people were amazing, but because we had sinks. IN OUR ROOMS. It is just so CONVENIENT. Anyway, I am fully aware that not everyone is as lucky as us and the only sinks will be in the bathroom. A Brita filter pitcher is nice to keep in your fridge because you can have fresh clean in your room at any given moment.
4. Trash can: We had three in our room for each person but they kinda ended up being shared based on location in the room, but yeah. You need somewhere to throw away stuff.
5. Plastic bags or just garbage bags: And not only do you need a place to throw away stuff, you need plastic bags or garbage bags for clean disposal. And trash piles up real fast in your tiny room, so you’ll need to replenish these bags very often. I learned from my mom that you always have a place to store your plastic bags, and so we had a designated plastic bag drawer where we kept all the bags from our local campus convenience store, or the drug store, or wherever. Trust me, it’s saved lives. (as in, barf bags)
6. Command hooks: So we had to bunk two beds and loft another to have enough room and it’s kind of a pain in the ass to constantly climb down to throw something out so we had a trash bag hanging from a command hook on my roommate’s lofted bed and yeah. That bag has saved lives. (same situation as above) Plus, you can hang hats, bags, towels, little caddies for your toothbrush off of these hooks and it’s just so nice because you don’t lose things.
7. Clorox wipes: Again, stuff gets gross, and you’ll unfortunately need to clean things (ie your mom doesn’t clean everything for you anymore). Have two packs stored because you never know.
8. Dish soap: Real dishes need to be washed well, or else you’ll get sick.
9. Sponges: For the dish soap. And the dishes.
10. Windex: For our mirror, which we wrote on with washable marker, and I killed ants with it too.
11. Storage for food: Something airtight so bugs can’t get to it, like a trunk. We also had mice sometimes go into our vents. And then into people’s rooms. They’re looking for a warm place to hide, and food. Don’t leave food out is the lesson. But also have food in your room! Our room was well known to always have food and its really nice when you’re staying up late and everything is closed.
12. Tissues: Freshman plague is so real. You will most certainly get it, and probably several times too.
13. Vitamins and medicine: Your immune system is gonna get a work out in college. Help it out with some vitamin C tablets. Have some tylenol or advil for headaches and aches and pains. And side note, if you’re really sick, just go to the health center, you don’t have to suffer through it.
14. Slippers: Get a comfy, cheap pair (because sometimes dorm hallways are gross, especially on the weekends) that you can wear all around your building and still be comfy.
15. Power strip: So much stuff needs to be plugged in and you definitely won’t have enough outlets between you and your roommate(s).
16. Printer: Okay, this seems a little unreasonable, but we were lucky because my one roommate had a spare one at home (how though??) and I have frequently said it is my favorite thing in our room. It has come in clutch so many times. But if you have a campus printer near you, or if its too expensive, it’s fine not to have one. But if you do get one, I would recommend getting one that is NOT wireless. University wifi doesn’t like you using other wifi (ie it won’t work). Get a printer that has a cable.
17. Plastic plates and forks: We have real dishes and silverware too, but plastic stuff is just easier clean up.
18. Rug: I almost forgot about this one.The floor gets cold and a rug also makes a room feel homier. You and your friends are gonna sit there and bond all that fun stuff, and someone might even sleepover on it (if they have a sleeping bag).
19. Chairs: So we actually didn’t have any other chairs other than the ones that university gave us for our desks and those are okay and everything, but some of our friends had these amazing, foldable, springy chairs that were so comfortable and also a lot of fun, and I am definitely getting one for my room next year.
Other things you might need but might forget (maybe?):
Make up wipes
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, you’ll definitely need other things (like a fridge, microwave, sheets, pillows, decorations, etc), or see that you really don’t need some of the things I’ve mentioned. Honestly, do what you feel is best and good luck! I loved my first year at college! Like basically everyone, I had some trouble adjusting at first. I felt pretty lonely in the beginning too, but once you start going, things start to fall into place. I met some great people, had some great classes, and honestly, I’m going to miss my first year–even with all the excitement of being an upperclassman next semester.
I hope this helped and that you have just as great of an experience in your first year as I did–actually, even better!
Ok, so we’ve all read headcannons about Bucky being fully aware in winter soldier mode even though he’s not in control & may not remember after. So, I have this headcannon that Bucky originally was just screaming the whole time but after a while he just started offering snarky, bitchy commentary on everything old man Winter was up to.
Winter: assassinates president Kennedy
Bucky: oh good, you killed the fucking president, good job frosty. Way to use my patriotic ass. I was a war hero, I am a veteran damnit, I deserve better than this!!!
Winter: impales a guy
Bucky: oh look!!! A kabob, can we get something to eat before we go back? I’m starving & Hydra can’t manage to enslave a competent chef to save their lives. Plus, I’m pretty sure I saved Steve’s ass in the alley next to that pub. You know Steve, my best friend, used to be a little shit but now he’s a big little shit. Runs around in star-spangled tights? Anyway, it’s important to slow down every once in a while & take a break, relive good times.
So Winter eventually starts snarking back at him & it looks like he’s just arguing with himself so Hydra tries to wipe Bucky out of him but it never works. Winter comes out of the chair to blissful silence thinking this time it worked only to get out into the field when Bucky pops up like surprise motherfucker!!!!! You thought you got rid of me but you’re wrong, you wanna use my ass, you gotta pay the price. You’re stuck with me. So that’s the reason they give him the muzzle (that & his facial expressions because seriously) they got tired of the arguments getting voiced because it really confused the targets & annoyed the fuck out of the handlers. @bolontiku
The underlying idea is that you need to make sure you are living within your means. Your spending (plus hopefully some saving) should equal your income. This is written with the assumption that you have enough income to meet your basic needs and are just struggling with how to manage the rest.
Start by tracking your spending for a month or two. Categorize each transaction as a “want” or a “need.” For example, you need to pay your rent, but you wanted to go out for drinks and appetizers after work instead of cooking at home.
My “needs” include: rent, groceries, phone, student loan payment, car payment, gas, prescriptions, and utilities. Figure out what your bare bones budget is - just to stay alive and provide for your basic needs, how much money do you need? Where is that money going? Write it down. Those expenses are your priorities.
Then you can begin thinking about your wants. Trips to the salon, a more expensive TV/internet package or streaming service subscriptions, going out to eat, new clothes or make up, etc. could all be considered wants. You might not absolutely need it to survive, but it’s nice to have. Make budget categories for those reoccurring “want” expenses. You’ll be better off if you can think ahead and decide you’re going to spend money on X, Y and Z this month so you know where your money is going to go. Have a plan for your money.
You need to think about your savings goals as well. Depending on what it is, a savings goal might be categorized as a “need” over your other “wants.” If you know your car is going to crap out on you, make it a budget category and save $XX every month for an eventual replacement before paying to get your nails done or whatever.
I, personally, prefer to save at the end of the month instead of at the beginning. What I mean by that is that I don’t have 10%, 15%, whatever % of my paycheck automatically transferred directly to a separate savings account. I wait until the end of the month, when I know all of my expenses are paid, and then I transfer whatever I can into my savings account. That works for me because I’m naturally a saver - I WANT to save! Nothing makes me happier than transferring money to my savings account. But an automatic transfer is an easy way to save without thinking too much about it, and it could be something for you to consider if you struggle with saving money and will definitely have enough to cover your expenses after saving that 10% from every paycheck or whatever.
Remember that it’s always a good idea to save toward an emergency fund for unexpected expenses. A rule of thumb I’ve heard is three to six months of expenses, the idea being that you would be able to pay all of your bills if you lost your income and needed some time to figure things out. It might seem like a lot a money, just think of it as something to work toward.
Once you decide how much you’re going to spend on what and where your money is going, you need to stick to your budget. It’s useless if you don’t stick to it. Do I spend over my budget? Sometimes. But I’m talking about like going to Costco and buying a bunch of stuff in bulk that will last me through the next month and likely cut down on the next month’s grocery spending anyway, not deciding on a whim to drop $1,200 on a new TV. When you’re tempted to spend outside of your budget, ask yourself if it’s a want or a need, and then try to find a place to fit it into your current budget by cutting something else out or shifting things around. If you want to save more, take a look at your budget and find places to cut.
I’ve used Intuit’s Mint.com since I was in high school (and honestly they should sponsor me for all the shoutouts I give them.) You can connect all of your accounts and see your transactions in once place and their actual budgeting tool is the best I’ve ever used.
Everyone with big thighs knows it and hates it. Favorite pairs of jeans are ripped and the chaffing begins. Or a nice day out becomes a nightmare as your thighs burn under your dress. It’s a tale as old as time. Although I’ve personally never found an end all be all cure for it I did find something that changed my life.
BIKER SHORTS! and YOGA SHORTS!
Wearing a pair underneath your pants/shorts/skirts/dresses/ect makes life so much easier. It doesn’t stop your pants from ripping at the thighs but it gives them a bit longer life. And even after they rip you can still wear them because the biker/yoga shorts are protecting your thighs.
I literally never leave the house without a pair on. And as an added bonus I feel more confident when wear skirts and dresses because I know no one will see my undies if a gust of wind happens or I bend the wrong way.