When you head off to college or university, there are a ton of things you won’t learn until you’ve had experience. You won’t know how to live with a pea-sized closet. You won’t know how to survive with such a small fridge. You won’t know how to keep your beloved iPhone charger from breathing its final breath.
College is already difficult, especially if you’re stuck taking physics, calculus, and organic chemistry in one semester. Why make life more difficult than it has to be? You might want to listen to louder music and drink wine that hasn’t been watered down for your nights off and easy ways to stock your fridge.
If you’re over the struggles of being a college student, these 9 life hacks just might change your life.
DIY phone speaker
If it hasn’t happened before, it’ll probably happen soon. You might be relaxing with your friends when one of you decides you want to play music. If you’re like most college students, you might realize that you don’t have speakers. This is easily solved with things you probably already have in your dorm or apartment.
With a toilet paper roll, all you have to do is cut a hole for your phone. With 4 push pins, you can make sure your DIY speakers stay up straight, and voila, you have a speaker.
This can also work with plastic or paper cups. By cutting holes into them and placing the toilet paper roll into the sides, you can then amplify the sound even more with 2 ‘speakers.’
Using frozen grapes to chill wine
If you’re OVER 21, drinking wine on a night in with your best friends will probably become the norm. Often times you might find yourself dealing with warm wine or wine that has been watered down with ice cubes. If you ever forget to chill your wine, keeping grapes in the freezer will save your life and save your wine.
By putting frozen grapes in your wine, you’re preventing it from being watered down, and you’ll also have a snack once they completely defrost!
If there’s one thing we always do when we’re getting ready in the morning, it’s rushing out at the last minute to make sure you get to class on time. One way to avoid this is to listen to the same playlist in the morning. Once you listen to it and get into a routine, it can keep you from spending too much time on one thing.
For example, if you notice that by the time “Am I Wrong” comes on you should be getting dressed and you just got out of the shower, this will remind you to pick up the pace so you’re running on schedule.
Saving closet space
Sharing space with other people means you always have less space for your own things. This comes with the territory of college. We’re all given small closets, so it’s up to us to find a way to fit all of our clothes. Magic hangers are the solution to this.
This amazing invention allows you to hang five items on essentially one hanger. Since the items are descending rather than sitting side by side, you’ll be able to save extra space in your closet for even more clothes. Can you say shopping spree?
Saving meal time
Another part of college life comes with microwaved food. Most students don’t have access to a stove, so making food out of the microwave becomes a way of life. Instead of microwaving one bowl at a time or finding a way to fit both bowls, you can accomplish this with a mug. By placing one of the bowls on the plate and another on a mug, this height difference will allow you to heat up two meals at once.
Avoiding tangled cords
If there’s one mess that most of us can’t avoid underneath our desk, it’s the mess that comes with having a TV, laptop, phone, and tablet all plugged into the same outlet. In order to accomplish this, you can create your own ‘shoebox charging station.’ Not only will this be a nice, small touch to your room, but you’ll actually know which cord you’re unplugging.
Keeping your fridge neat
If you were caught in the daydream that you would have a full sized fridge in your dorm room, let me be the first to say that you need to wake up. Most dorms come with a mini fridge, so you’re left wondering how you’re going to fit your food.
If you have a lot of cans or bottles that you’re trying to stack in your fridge, using a binder clip will help stop the bottles from rolling around and help you stack them perfectly.
Drying your nail polish
Waiting for nail polish to dry can be one of the most tedious things. You might’ve done a quick polish change before a night out, and you’re then stuck hoping your nails will dry quickly. One secret to drying your polish even quicker is by letting your nails sit for a few seconds in ice cold water.
If you’re in an even bigger rush, running your nails under the cold tap will also help the process speed up.
Saving your phone charger
We’ve all done it. When I say “it,” I mean lay in extremely awkward positions so that we can use our phone while it charges. One of the things that happen because of this is that we soon find our chargers ready to break at the seams.
One way to stop your charger from breaking so easily is by wrapping a pen spring around it. This will stop your cord from bending harshly and prevent it from breaking more easily.
Now that you’re gearing up for the fall semester and are heading back to school, make sure you keep these life hacks in your arsenal before you go through a struggle. In the comments below, let us know some hacks you use to make life easier!