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Preventing Roommate Problems

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I haven’t ever really been someone who has liked having a roommate, but it is almost necessary to have one with the high cost of living in California. My roommate and I started off very rocky because we’re very different, but we came up with a few ways to make our living situation better for both of us! Check out these suggestions if you need ideas on how to get along with your roommate.

1. White Board Communication

If your schedules are opposite or communication isn’t strong, get a white board or sticky notes. This way you can relay important information and you don’t have to worry about unread texts or not seeing each other. This helps my roommate and I if a bill is coming up, she’s going to have friends over, or she’s going out of town!

Roommate Whiteboard Communication

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2. Lost & Found

We had a big problem of getting mad at each other for leaving our stuff in the common areas. Now, we have a lost and found bin that we put each other’s stuff in so that the common areas are clean. If I’m missing something, I can most likely find it in the bin!

Lost and Found Bin Apartment Living

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3. Bills

This may not work for everyone, but we downloaded this app called Splitwise, which allows us to see who still owes what amount for bills. This leaves us both accountable and makes the amount we’re paying clear and visible so there isn’t any confusion.

Splitwise Phone App Money Bills

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4. Designated Shelves

In the kitchen, we have her stuff on one set of shelves, and my stuff on the other. This way there is no confusion about who bought what item. This makes things a lot easier if you’re in a home where you don’t split the groceries!

Kitchen Cupboard Closet

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Living with another person can be hard, so you have to be proactive to make a positive living situation. I hope these simple steps will be helpful.

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Springtime DIY Room Decor

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Getting tired of the same old decorations? Fear not! I have three easy DIY room décor ideas that you can easily do that’s great for a student on a budget! These décor ideas will definitely spruce up your room just in time for spring!

1. Flower Jars

Mason jars are VERY in this year. You can use them for making gifts, cups, or even room décor! All you need to decorate your mason jars are some fake flowers and some paint! Pour paint into the jar to cover it about ¼ of the way, and then swirl the jar around so that it completely coats the inside of the jar. Keep swirling the jar and tilting it until it reaches the top. Once you’ve gotten the top coated, begin pouring the paint back out to coat the rim of the jar. Afterwards, let it sit for a few hours to dry and when it’s ready just add your flowers! To make the jar even more decorative, you can add some string to it. Tie it into a bow and maybe glue on a shiny button for added glam.

Colorful Painted Glass Mason Jar Decor Flowers

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2. Framed Magazine Collage

This DIY décor idea is very chic and very cheap! All you need is a large frame and some old magazines. Using the paper backing included in most frames, cut out and glue inspirational pictures onto the paper backing. Make sure you lay it out prior to gluing it so that you know exactly how it will look. Use bright colors, inspirational words, and eye catching patterns to really spruce up your room. You can also make this into a dream collage, college collage, or a general collage about you.

Framed DIY Magazine Picture Collage Craft

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3. Candle Holders

Candle holders are the best décor to put in your room. It adds a fresh feel and sleek look to the room. Using a bunch of fake or real flowers (make sure to change it out often if you choose real) take your candle holder and simply tie it around the candleholder. Make sure you secure it and tie it nicely with a bow and that the flowers are not dropping into the holder (which could easily catch a flame). If you use fake flowers, you can also use glue to ensure that it stays onto the candle holder. After you’ve decorated it, add a candle and place it near your bed or desk for that elegant feel! If you live in a dorm, be sure to check your college housing policies about candles.

DIY Flower Candle Holder Decor

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What are you doing to get ready for spring? Any new decoration ideas? Share them below!

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Adjusting To Dorm Life

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For many people, living in a dorm is a new and sometimes daunting experience. Many people may have never lived in a building with so many people before and may feel socially uncomfortable. Dorm life can either be miserable or the best time of your life; here are some tips to make sure it is the latter.

1. Be Social

Believe it or not, most people are friendly beings and won’t bite if you go up to talk to them. You don’t have to be friends with everyone in your dorm, but being friendly neighbors will at least make your time pleasant and enjoyable. I met some of my best friends in the dorms and you could too!

College Students Sitting On A Bench Outside Campus Gathering To Socialize and Talk

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2. Roommates

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommates. You don’t even have to get along. But the best way to make a living situation work is by being upfront and honest with your them if there is something bothering you. Be respectful of each other’s space and keep good communication.

Female College Roommates

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3. Residential Assistants

If there is one thing you should know about your residential assistant (RA), it is that they are normal students just like you. Be friendly and get to know your RA. Most of them love to meet and know their residents on a more personal level, not to mention it’s their job. Also your RA is more likely to let small dorm infractions slide if they like you. Just don’t do anything reckless that would force your RA to do their job and report you. That would be awkward.

Male College Dorm Residential Assistant RA

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Living in a dorm is one of the best experiences about college. Staying on campus is a crucial part to truly experiencing life as a college student, so make the most of it!R

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Apartment Living: The Do’s and Don’ts

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Despite my two years of college life, I have just began my adventure in apartment living. It took little to no time for me to learn the do’s and don’ts for the apartment newbie, and it is my pleasure to share them with you.

1. Furniture Shopping

You are a college student. What your couch looks like is not necessarily what you want to be worrying about. The price is the real issue. This year I have made a record purchase of just $45 for a couch and love seat set. That’s right, only $45! Goodwill, re-sale shops, even your neighbor’s side walk are perfectly good places to begin your search. Now don’t you shake your head at me! You will be singing a different tune when you get a couch for less than $50. And with all the money you save, you can get a cover for the couch and you can give it a proper cleaning.

Cheap Discounted Sofa Couch Furniture Goodwill Apartment Living

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2. Meet Your Neighbors

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but you would be surprised at just how many people forget about the person living above them. Meeting your neighbors does not only mean you will have a familiar face to turn to, but also someone who can put out your trash when you are out of town, someone who will invite you over for dinner, and someone who could become a surprisingly fantastic friend.

College Student Apartment Neighbors

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3. Become A Negotiator

If you are living with a roommate, you more than likely have the same sized bedrooms. Or, if you are as unfortunate as I was, your room could fit inside your roommate’s room with space for a bathroom, closet, and the kitchen sink. Is it fair to pay the same amount for less space? Why of course not! Make a deal, split the bill depending on the size of the apartment. It may be uncomfortable but you will be saving some money.

College Roommate Negotiations and Agreements

Photo © Apartment Guide

4. Candles, Candles, Candles

Depending on where you live and who lived there before you, there is most likely to be an odor. I have found myself infatuated with candles and wall flowers from Bath and Body Works,  scented products, and Febreeze.

College Apartment Candles

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These tips and tricks are sure to help anyone with their first apartment.

What’s your advice for apartment living?

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Start The Semester Strong

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Loni Gibson Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

With school gearing back up, many are in the mindset of how to make this year the best yet. After an enjoyable summer break, spending time with family and friends, exotic vacations, and maybe even a break from classes, it is now time to think about this new semester. There are a few things you need to consider about how to make this fall the best it can be.

1. Classes

After the first day of class, read the syllabus thoroughly, go through and place all important dates for the entire semester into your iCal or planner. Organizing dates in the beginning will allow you time to plan and complete work ahead of time, you also won’t have to rely on your professor to remind you. Want to take it a step further? Organize your classes into individual folders to keep all of your pertinent information and assignments.

College Classroom Full Of Students Learning

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2. Body

You have worked so hard for that summer time body, don’t let it go just because classes start. Don’t fit exercising into your schedule; make it a part of your schedule. We also have to remember to make it a habit of eating right. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all like to indulge in a couple brownies every now and then, just don’t pig out on unhealthy snacks. If you start your body off right, it will become second nature. Spring break will be here before you know it and you won’t even have to worry if you stay healthy!

College students exercising at the gym on treadmills to stay fit

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3. Living

We are college students – it is impossible to keep your room pristine all the time. Just take an hour or so once a week and straighten everything up. Your roommate will love you even more, and you’ll be surprised just how calming and relaxing it is. Your parents might even be surprised at this new habit.

Clean Dorm Bedroom Organization Space

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Fall semester is always interesting. You are reconnected with friends, face the chaos of moving into your dorm or apartment, take new classes, and have new professors. As the semester progresses, you will develop a pattern and everything will become second nature. Be sure to incorporate these habits into your semester routine early to insure that you are in for a great semester.

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