Do Men or Women Have The Dirtiest Dorm Room?

Cleaning isn’t at the top of your to-do list as a college student. To start with, no one likes to clean, and without your mom bugging you, odds are you push that unpleasant task out of your mind. But your dorm room may be even nastier than you think based on a recent study to determine who had the dirtiest dorm – men vs. women.

I would like to say that the ladies came out as leaders in the world of cleanliness, but you may be surprised at how many germs and bacteria were found in the living spaces of either sex. Read more

DIY Tips to Organize Your Dorm Room

I know I’ve written before about how I’ve pledged to keep my desk more organized. Sometimes, I’ll go on a great stretch with clean surfaces that look like they belong to an organized mind. But lately, clutter has come and attacked my desk again.

It’s hard enough to organize dorm life, between managing a roommate and keeping on track with classes, work or work study, and a social life, let alone keeping the dorm room decluttered. Here are some DIY tips to help organize your dorm room, desk, and maybe even your mind. Read more

Clear the clutter in your dorm room with DIY organizers

I live in New England, and the seasons are definitely changing from a fairly mild, easy to clean time of year to leaf-and-mud season. Keeping the great outdoors out of your dorm room can be a challenge—and it’ll be even worse in a couple of months (or sooner!) if you live where it snows. It’s also that time of year where the mess from the beginning of the semester might finally be getting to a point where you need to take action.

I know I always let things get a little out of hand before I finally get everything cleaned up! If you’re looking for some new solutions for college students to clear the clutter, check out some of these DIY organizers. Read more

DIY Ergonomic tips for your dorm room

You’ve been studying for hours. Your back and neck are aching. All you really want is to put aside your work and crawl into bed, but that midterm isn’t going to take itself. I know I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting at my computer for far too long. I remember writing a lot of my thesis with my wooden desk chair tipped back at a silly angle so I could have my knees on the desk and my laptop on my lap. Talk about an inefficient, and certainly not ergonomic, work position!

If your main work space is in your dorm room, you may want to look into some DIY ergonomics to make your body more comfortable. It won’t reduce your work load, but it may reduce sore and stiff muscles caused from sitting in one place for too long! Read more

3 organization tips for a successful college student

Let’s face it, organization is the bane of existence for any college student. However, for the unorganized student, packing your things at the end of the semester is always the best part of the year. You think you lost every single left sock, but then magically they all appear from the depths of the dirty laundry pile that hasn’t been touched for a few weeks… only to be lost again after one use.

If you are thinking to yourself, “I know where every single left sock I own is” then this post is not for you, although I hardly believe it. Organization is key to a stress free college life, I promise you that. Knowing where everything is in your dorm makes life just simpler. Here are some tips to becoming a more organized person while you are at college. Read more

3 DIY dorm projects to stop clutter before it starts

It’s almost move in day! One of the things that I hated having to do when I was in college was clean my room. It is so easy to let clutter get out of control when you’re worried about classes, papers, and whatever social crisis is happening in your circle of friends. (In my social group, there was always at least one happening!)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

If you have a plan for how to organize your dorm room when you move in, you won’t have to reduce clutter as frequently throughout your semester. Check out these DIY dorm projects to help you stay organized before your clutter has a chance to build! Read more

You can make pancakes in your dorm room! Here’s how

One of the great things about summer vacation is having time in the morning to make pancakes if I feel like it. No breakfast beats homemade pancakes with real maple syrup! But you don’t have to give up pancakes when you move back to your dorm room in the fall.

You don't have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

You don’t have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

For college students, access to homemade pancakes can be a challenge, but check out these pancake recipes that offer some awesome life hacks to fresh pancakes right in your dorm. Read more

Is it possible to have a vegetarian diet in college?

Maybe you decided going meatless was a good idea after coming across this quote from George Bernard Shaw “Animals are my friends . . . and I don’t eat my friends.” Or maybe you simply want to learn how to be vegetarian for the health benefits. I tried going meatless myself, and it was definitely a challenge at my school, but I picked up some tips and tricks along the way.

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

Whatever your reason for skipping the burgers and more in college, read on for some ideas on a plant-based diet for the dining hall or your dorm room. Read more

4 roommate and dorm tips you need to follow

I was excited to live in a college dorm room when I first started college, but having a roommate, the stress of classes, and a new environment can make anyone tense and irritable.

Are you experiencing any roommate problems? (Credit: OCM Blog)

Are you experiencing any roommate problems? (Credit: OCM Blog)

Here are some college tips to get along with your roommate, find roommates that are compatible, and dorm ideas to keep your place organized. Read more

Pros and cons of LLCs for college students

I know what you’re thinking… What are LLCs? A living-learning community on college campus is a residence hall or dorm room building filled with like-minded college students who are all studying the same subject. A relatively new trend in colleges across the country, these professional learning communities, also called interest-based housing, integrate intellectual and residential life.

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

In this new approach to academics, students share a special interest, live in residential halls and take the same classes together. Read more