|Where’s the kitchen?
You may ask yourself upon entering the small two-person room you will
be living in for the next year. I hate to be the bearer of bad news,
but search all you want; the place is, most likely, devoid of oven, or
stovetop. What to do with all the “easy-prep” meals mom sent
in a care pack? There are a few essentials for dorm room cooking that
no one should be without.
Most dorms offer a rental refrigerator of four cubic feet or less. This
service costs anywhere from thirty to seventy dollars a semester, check
with your school’s housing department. This is an expenditure
you will not regret. Not only can you chill drinks and edible goodies,
but it’s the perfect bedside table. Hang a cute scarf over it,
top it with a lamp and alarm clock. You don’t even have to leave
your bed to grab refreshments. It’s a must have for dorm life.
What About Dried Goods?
For the first three weeks of my college life, I neatly tucked all dried
goods into a bottom dresser drawer beside my clothes. I did so to maintain
an iota of order and keep any and everyone from reaching into my stash.
Bad idea—all my baby-T’s smelled of Worchester sauce and
salt. So, unless you think Doritos is the up and coming scent of choice,
I suggest a small cupboard. I used an enclosed bathroom shelf, painted
to match my bedspread—very cute. Other ideas include plastic
storage boxes and crates that can be shoved under your bed. My roommate
used the back of a file cabinet for her goodies. Use what you like,
but remember it’s a good idea to allot a storage area for these
commodities, because in college they’re not so common.