What to Take to the Dorm Part Three

Young happy smiling cheerful man writing, outdoor
Young happy smiling cheerful man writing, outdoor

We are getting close, but a couple more posts to go:
Housekeeping:
Air fresheners
Brush: get a good one for scrubbing
Bucket: will use for cleaning and mopping so get one that is sturdy
Dish detergent and a dish bin if you have to wash outside the room
Febreze: excellent to temporarily rid clothes (and blankets, pillows, etc) from odors
Ironing board/iron
Lysol, especially the sprays and the all-purpose cleaners (though the scent is sometimes too strong)
Mop/broom (if needed)
Oxi-Clean gets rid of stains
Paper towels
Sponge: get one for dishes, another for cleaning your dorm/bathroom
Spray bottles, clear: can use for cleaning
Swiffer Duster:
Trash Can/trash bags
Vacuum: any slim, lightweight one will do. It doesn’t need to be an expensive, bulky vacuum to get the job done.
Washcloths or washrags
Wipes; Clorox, Lysol,Windex

Around the room:
Alarm clock: don’t want to be late… can also use cell phone alarm
Bins or boxes for storing papers/folders
Bulletin board with push pins
Calendar: dry-erase calendars are awesome for using each month
Containers: small plastic or mesh containers for small accessories (paperclips/tape/white-out/jewelry/makeup)
Curtains: if your dorm doesn’t provide curtains, a nice set can help bring color and life to your room
Electric lights: like Christmas lights — small strings of white-light bulbs can be lovely strung around the room
fan
Organizers for drawers/closets
Photos and picture frames
Plants: IF you can take care of them. They’re lovely and it’s nice to have some green in your small dorm room
Posters
Radio/stereo/speakers
Rug!: to add attractiveness to the bare floor of your room– and keep your feet warm on winter mornings
Safe or lockbox for valuables: jewelry, watches, etc–
under bed storage
Whiteboard with dry-erase markers- can use inside the room or hang outside to leave messages

Kitchen stuff:
Baggies(sandwich and larger for food storage)
Bottle and can openers
Cooking Utensils/Pots/Pans
Desk organizers:
Eating Utensils: disposable ones are fine OR get 2 to 4 inexpensive sets
Water bottles

Laundry:
Laundry basket/hamper
Laundry detergent/fabric sofener/tide=to-go/shout wipes and spray for stains
Rolls of coins or your laundry card

What to take to the Dorm Part Two

Student portrait in front of dormitory at college

Here is another part of my list of items to consider taking to the Dorm:
Medicine Cabinet:
Allergy medicine: Claritin or Benadryl or other anti-histamine
Airborne or Cold-eeze
antacid/anti-diarrhea
Anti-Itch cream: for bug bites
Bandages and band-aids: for sprains and cuts
Bug spray
Cold and cough medicine: Robitussin/Dimetap ,Dayquil/Nyquil
Cough drops/lozegnes
Eye drops

Hand Sanitizer
Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol
Mouthwash
Multi-vitamins (especially vitamin C) Also Emergen-C or Airborne
Muscle Relief: Icy Hot Patches or Thermal Patches for aches
Neosporin
Pain and fever relief– Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen
Vaseline or petroleum jelly.
Vick’s Vapo Rub:
Vitamins

Bath Items:

Body Wash or Bath Soap

Loofah/sponge or wash towel
Shampoo/conditioner/hairspray
Shower caddy/tote: should have a hole or holes in the bottom, for drainage
Shoes for the shower or sturdy flip flops
Towels (at least two sets each of bath towel, hand towel, face towel etc); turban for hair

Furniture/Appliances:
Bookcase
Chair: a comfortable one; desk chair (optional). Usually provided
Chair cushion: if you don’t want to bring a desk chair, buy a seat cushion for the chair from the college
Coffee machine/coffee
Folding chairs/tail-gaiting chairs/folding lawn chairs
Lamps; desk lamp. Also clip-on lamps work well in a dorm; Lightbulbs, too
Microwave
Minifridge or Microfridge
Mirror- long and handheld
Nightstand: if you’ve got room
Sofa or armchair: if you can fit at least a small one into your room, go for it!
TV

School Supplies:
Binders
Calculator or graphing calculator
College-rule line paper
Colored markers and colored pencils
Dry-erase markers
Envelopes (white, letter type)
Erasers
Files and expandable filing folders
Folders– with pockets and three-prongs
glue/gluesticks
Graphing paper
Highlighters/sharpies
Manila envelopes (for papers or reports that you don’t want folded)
Notepads/Notebooks
Paperclips
Pencils/sharpener/desk organizer
Pens: regular blue, black and red; have at least one, nicer ball-point pen as well
Post-its
printer/ Printer Paper (white) /ink
ruler
Scissors
Sharpies or any other permanent marker (thick and thin)
Stapler/staples/staple remover
Tape- masking, duck, and scotch
Three-hole punch adapter
White-out

Keep Your BBQ Organized

It is summer, Father’s Day and definitely time to barbecue. It is nice to cook outside on a warm summer’s day, but the BBQ area always gets messy and disorganized. Let Dad have fun on the grill, but help him keep things neat and clean with these great ideas.
You want to start with a clean grill first. A motorized grill brush makes it quick and easy to clean off even the dirtiest grill. Dad won’t have to scrub at all, as the steam will get things clean. Dad will appreciate being able to clean the grill quickly after using it and be able to join everyone else for fun.
A nice outdoor storage tote is a great place to store tools or supplies. There are many outdoor storage benches available at hardware or home improvement stores. If you don’t have room for a large one, try a smaller storage seat instead of a bench. Someone can also sit on the seat, and you can even add a cushion if you like. Having a place to store nearby your barbecue area makes it much easier to keep things tidy.
A nice gift for Dad would be a new grilling utensil set. These tools come in a nice carrying case and can be stored back in the case after use. These utensils also have loops so they can be hung up if your bbq grill has hooks. There are some nice brushes included that would be great for marinating meat or veggies.
Many BBQ aprons have pockets to store cooking utensils also. If you or Dad aren’t really the apron types, BBQ tool belts are a nice accessory. These have pocket holders for grill necessities such as spatulas, tongs and forks. Some of these belts even have condiment holders!
Spend a little time getting organized, have the right storage tools, and find your favorite recipes. Your next BBQ will be a great success, and you can rest easier knowing that you won’t have a huge mess to deal with outside.

What to take to the Dorm Part One

Family moving boxes into a dormitory at college
I have a very extensive list of items that your student may want or need to take to the Dorm when they go off to College this Fall.
I am going to cover it in a few posts, but if you want the entire spreadsheet, please just email me.
Again, you may not need everything on the list, but it will at least give you a good checklist to go over.

Clothing, etc:
Accessories: belts, purses, wallets, wristlet
Clothes: jeans,sweaters, jackets,sweats, pajamas,dress clothes,socks, underwear,bathing suit,shorts,Bathrobe
hangers
Lint-roller
Shoes: slippers, sandals, tennis shoes, heels (black),slip on shoes, extra flip-flops
Winter: gloves, scarves, hats, boots
jewelry
Key Chain
Sunglasses/sunscreen
Umbrella- a good, sturdy one
watch

Bedding:
Blanket: fleece or thermal
Comforter/Bedspread
Mattress pad/foam
Pillows/pillowcase
Sheets: at least two /and maybe three different sets for your bed, often college beds are extra-long twin size

Personal Care items:
Acne/cleansing wash and acne cream
Comb or hairbrush
Contacts/case/solution
Cotton balls: many uses, including for applying/wiping off make-up, applying antiseptics to cuts and wounds
Cotton facial pads: for applying or removing foundation and other make-up,
Deodorant
feminine hygiene products
Fragrance: perfume or cologne, or body sprays
Glasses/case/cleaner
Hair dryer/curling iron/straightener
Hairbands/hair pins for ladies
Hairspray/sculpting cream
Kleenex or other facial tissue
Lip balm
Lotions
Make-up
Nail file/clippers
Nail polish remover
Q-Tips
Razor, shaving cream and aftershave for males
Toothbrush/case/toothpaste/dental floss
Tweezers

Iced Tea Day

Two plastic glasses of ice tea
Two plastic glasses of ice tea

Today is National Iced Tea Day. I like mine unsweetened,but here in Ohio Sweet Tea is big. Whether you like lemon or mint, or just plain, have a refreshing glass of Iced Tea today!

15 Berry Recipes to Enjoy this Summer

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15 Summer Berry Desserts
Summer is a great time for berries and wonderful berry desserts. Most of these are light, refreshing and full of fresh berry taste. Your family and guests will be wowed by any of these fresh berry desserts.