Sunday, 9 September 2018

FRESHERS, THIS IS FOR YOU!


Summer, as always, has flown by blimmin’ quickly! Since I am in the back-to-university packing process at the moment, I thought I’d write up what I am bringing with me to help those of you who are moving out too and need a ~ virtual ~ helping hand.

1. A COLLAPSABLE DIRTY CLOTHES BASKET

Sounds like such a minor thing, but it is an essential item when you are living out of one room. I bought my one from Primark and it is probably one of my favourite uni-related purchases. I can collapse it so that it fits into my tiny KA when I unpack my room, it keeps my bedroom tidy (no dirty washing falling out of a bag, and matches my blanket. Functional, tick. Attractive, tick. Neat, tick.

2. SNUGGLY BLANKET/ FLUFFY DRESSING GOWN

Living in a student house is comparable to living in the North Pole. Make sure you bring a fluffy blanket and/or your dressing gown for those frosty mornings and cool evenings. My sister bought mine for me from Boux Avenue last birthday, I did rave about it on my post, The Small Things That Matter, if you need more convincing. Genuinely, getting out of bed in the winter is already a struggle enough without feeling like your nipples are going to turn into diamonds. Although, that would be quite pretty lol.

3. FULL-LENGTH MIRROR

Warwick halls did not satisfy my mirror-needs. Dear Westwood Halls Manager, I need to see my entire outfit before I walk out of the door. Yes, that includes my shoes. Yes, that includes my face! We had one full-length mirror between the whole flat (three floors), but it was positioned in the most awkward place: behind the main exit and entrance of the building. Whose idea was that? You can’t check yourself out there! A) It’s embarrassing. B) You look vain. C) It’s inconvenient if someone is trying to get in and then accidentally crush you with the door. D) why. E) ?????? (non-verbal extension of D).

If you’re like me and need to see how an entire outfit looks together, then I suggest you bring your own. I got mine for £1 from a car boot sale in Norfolk. I don’t even live in Norfolk, which meant I had to drive it all the way home after. Dedication to the cause, don’t you think?

4. THE MOST-LIKELY-TO-FORGET KITCHEN TOOLS

Here we go (you can thank me later)
  • A potato masher
  • A garlic crusher (for those fancy days, or if you just like garlic in everything you eat, like myself.),
  • A BIG ASS knife
  • A colander/strainer, (for all that pasta you’re gonna need to drain.),
  • A spatula,
  • Egg holder (if you like boiled eggies.)
  • Weighing scales (75g of rice is one portion. You better believe that I’ve just changed your life with one sentence.),
  • A big plastic bowl (Great for making cookies/bday cakes with the flat... Also great if your friend looks like they’re about to vom at pre's...)
  • A Peeler, *coughs, essential*
^ I think that’s all the important weird stuff, but you'll also need:
Pans, a wok, frying pan, – trust, you’ll need all three -- cutlery, mugs, glasses etc.

5. A PRINTER

If you have the luxury of your own printer then I would definitely bring it. It saves so much time and effort running to the library last minute, as well as money on printing credits.

6. A HEALTHY SUPPLY OF TEA BAGS

Problem? Tea. Essay crisis? Tea. All-nighter because of said essay crisis? Can’t reference essay? Tea. 9am? Tea. Lecture? Tea on the go. Morning? Tea. Night? Tea. Had a fight with a friend? Tea. Drunk? Vodka and tea. Bad sex? Tea. No sex? Tea. Relationship troubles? Tea. Sick? Tea. Healthy? Maybe green tea. But still, tea.

You get it.

Tea.

The word is getting weird now.

Or maybe the letter is?

T.

t.

sh.



Tea.

Damnit.

(tea).

7. HANGERS

I think this is a textbook example of a Fresher mistake; you’re so excited to see your room and unpack all of your clothes and examine the wardrobe space and… what? No drawers. Just hanging space? I can still hear the sarcastic laughs from the, now, graduated ghosts that once occupied the same room as myself, they whisper in a mantra: “fresher, fresher, fresher."

Oh, and please buy yourselves plastic ones... for literally no other reason than metal hangers send shivers down my spine.

8. WASHING TABLETS

Pretty self-explanatory. Easy to forget. Thought I'd help a gal/guy out. Suck up to Mum 'n' Dad and get them to buy you a box before you go cos' that shit's expensive. 

Hopefully, this post will help you to remember the odd bits that most people leave behind! Try not to over-pack to help maximise storage space; remind yourself that you do not need every trinket and piece of your bedroom at university with you. Try to think functionally.

Oh, and don’t forget to pack some fairy lights and print out some cute pics to make the room feel a bit more “yours”.

Love, George x x



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