I don’t know about you, but going to a gym in January can be difficult. Everyone is thinking about their new year’s resolution, so the gyms are packed with people trying to fulfill their goals. Now, you may be thinking you don’t have anywhere else to go and just won’t work out. Well, you can’t get out of it that easily. Just because you live in an apartment or small space doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. We’ve put together a list, as well as some videos of some of the best exercises for your apartment or small space.
2017 has officially arrived! Now that many of us have gained that dreaded “holiday weight” thanks to holiday parties, family meals, and the endless stream of sweets that just seem to appear in December, it’s time to start thinking about our goals for the New Year. New Year, New You, right?
The most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life. One of the main factors that can determine how “healthy” you are, is your nutrition. Now don’t get us wrong, we are not promoting some specific fad diet, or drastically changing things over night. Large scale changes are only made possible by starting with smaller, more attainable goals.
Finding time to get enough sleep as a college student can be tricky. Between staying up late to study and getting up early for class, it’s easy to miss out those much needed Z’s. Although setting your clocks back an hour can certainly help, Daylight Savings time can mess with your internal clock and make you even more sleepy than normal. Continue reading
The simplest way to save money for the rest of summer and warm early fall is to cut down on your air conditioning usage. The downside of turning off your AC is that it will definitely get hot! We have compiled a list of ideas to help you stay cool. The three biggest things to think about are air flow, heat sources, and your personal body temperature. Continue reading
Your apartment is a mess. You’re sick of it. If you have to look at that pile of clothes for one more minute, you might throw it out the window…but studying for your upcoming exam seems way more important, so you just don’t have time to clean.
You know you would feel better if you got it over with. It’s amazing how living in a clean environment can take some stress out of your life and even help you work more productively within your space. It’s easier to clean up now than to hope you will magically have more time later on.
Don’t let the prospect of tidying up overwhelm you; cleaning doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. Even dedicating just 5 or 10 minutes of your day to cleaning one room of your home will make a world of difference!
We hope these quick cleaning tips will help even the busiest individuals get down to it:
- Have a cleaning bucket ready to go with all of your cleaning supplies.
- Rubber Gloves
- Window Cleaner
- Paper Towels
- Multi-Purpose Cleaner
- Dustpan and Brush
- Scrubbing Brush
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Brush
- Set a timer. If you are really in a time crunch this will help you work harder without worrying about what time it is.
- Put some beats on! Playing music while you clean will make the time fly, and the task will be more fun. We suggest listening to something upbeat and fast paced like this playlist: http://8tracks.com/pistolproof/sorry-about-the-mess
- Have a cleaning bucket ready to go with all of your cleaning supplies.
Quick Cleaning tips
- Clear the clutter (Hint: Decorative baskets and bins are a great way to hide items that you can’t find a home for anywhere else.)
- Wash the dishes.
- Wipe down all surfaces, the shine will make the room feel much cleaner.
- Vacuum or sweep; it won’t take as long as you think and will make future mopping much easier.
- Make your bed.
- Fluff the pillows.
- Spray some Febreze and crack a few windows to make your place smell fresh and clean.
Keeping it Clean
- Straighten up regularly. Now that you have experienced how quickly you can clean up, it won’t be so painful to do it more frequently. It will be a lot less work too.
- Organization systems help. Use your bins, boxes, and baskets; and clutter will be less likely to pop up.
- Consciously put things away when you’re done using them, and clean up messes as they happen. If you are quick to react, you will be on your way to faster relaxation.
You know studying is the key to academic success. This has been drilled into your head over and over throughout your entire academic career. Getting a bad grade is never an easy pill to swallow, but it’s even more gut wrenching when you know the bad grade is the result of poor study habits.
So, what contributes to successful or unsuccessful studying?
Noise, temperature, lighting, distractions, and resources at your go-to study spot are all factors to consider before auto-piloting to your usual location. On top of that, ask yourself these questions: Did you eat before sitting down to study? Have you exercised recently? Do you have a study plan? Is your work area clean? Are you distraction free?
Location is Key!
If you feel like you spend countless hours studying and still have trouble pulling off the grades you want, it could be that you’re simply not studying in the right places for you. We have found that the key to successful studying is actually your study spot.
It doesn’t hurt to try studying in a few different locations to see what works best for you. Studying different subjects might lead you to different study environments. For example, the perfect setting for studying calculous may not be where you do your best essay writing. The top places to study on the UW campus are pretty typical. There are countless libraries, two Student Unions, local coffee shops, academic buildings, and of course, the option to study from home.
Check out these pros and cons of Madison’s top study spots and see if you agree.
It’s an Individual thing
The study spot your friends prefer may not be what works best for you, so be open to the idea of branching out on your own at times.
Virginia tech created an interactive chart to help college students measure their options and choose the study-spot where success is most probable. Try it out, and let us know how your favorite spots stack up. Feel free to add to our list of pros and cons or make recommendations below in the comments section or on Facebook. It’s not just about more studying; it’s about setting yourself up for success from the beginning.
Planning how you will study is just as important as actually hitting the books. Wishing you happy studies and a successful semester!
Welcome back to reality! We know exactly how you are feeling about being back to your routine, classes, homework, studying, the ups and downs of relationships, and stress. If you are like us, you are already missing that quality home cooking you had over the holidays. The ramen noodles, mac & cheese, subs, and pizza making up your current food pyramid are starting to taste bland. And let’s be honest, you are either way too lazy to create an extensive 5 course meal or you just plain don’t have the time. We totally hear you on that!
In the world of immediate gratification, it seems hard to cook. From experience, we can tell you it is well worth it to ditch the processed and prepackaged food for homemade meals. The health benefits are great, your pocketbook won’t feel quite as light, and your taste buds will be much happier with home cooking.
So how would we recommend implementation of cooking into your life? Just make a plan and stick to it! If you have one night a week to dedicate to meal prep, that is all it takes. We have friends who utilize one day on the weekend to cook all their meals for the week. It will take a little discipline and motivation to commit to cooking, but you can do it! The easiest way to have home cooked meals is via crock pot and advanced prep. When you decide to cook for yourself there are a few things you can do to make the process quick and pain free!
Determine what you can spend on groceries, and create a list of what you need. (When shopping, buying similar things week in and week out helps you to keep your budget at a steady rate.
Second, make time to prepare in advance.
If you don’t want to cook all your meals in one day, you can still chop fruits and veggies or measure out ingredients in advance so the process is much faster on the day you actually make the meal. There is one last thing we have learned from experience; sometimes you just won’t feel like cooking. Every once and awhile it’s definitely okay to break your new habit of playing top chef. Prepare for these days by keeping some staple items and easy meal options in your pantry. It’s never a bad idea to have plenty of healthy snacks around either 🙂
Third, make meal time a fun adventure with friends or roommates.
Try new things and be creative! Heck, it might not be a bad idea to score some brownie points with your mom by asking her for that one recipe she makes so well. Feel free to share pictures of your delicious home cooked meals on our Facebook page Here. Maybe our like and share will be just the boost you need to keep up the good habit!
For more ideas check out our Easy Meals Board on Pinterest Here.
Have you ever felt like things were just the “same ol’ same ol’”? You feel like you wear the same stuff, eat the same stuff, and see the same things all the time.
It’s a new year, so why not change things up a bit. How about you start with your apartment?
Move the furniture a little. Put your bookshelf items in a different order, and create some Zen.
Add something new to the mix. Replace a staple item that you see every day, and you will be amazed how different things feel.
Use a cover up. Visit a fabric store, and find something that fits your ideal décor. Use fabric to cover part of a wall, a piece of furniture or a table.
Hide things. Use decorative bins and baskets to get your clutter out of eye sight.
Take a different route. Whether this is in your apartment or on your way to class, finding a new way to get to the next thing on your list will make it feel less monotonous.
Try a new brand or different flavor. Maybe this means upgrading to the two ply toilet paper or using a new air freshener scent. Both of those things might seem silly, but they could be just what the doctor ordered to make your world feel completely new.
Check out our Pinterest boards for everything from organization to DIY home projects. View Here
You want to do what this year?!
Is it a realistic resolution? How do you plan to pull that off? Seriously?
If your past New Year’s resolutions have been met with reactions like these, you may want to rethink your strategy this year. After being around the block a time or two, we have some suggestions to help you come up with the perfect New Year’s resolution for 2015.
The Dos and Don’ts that will steer you clear of seasonal illness this year.
- Don’t be afraid to wipe down equipment before you use it. (To keep the germ spreading to a minimum, please be courteous to other gym goers by wiping off equipment after use as well)
- If your friends are sick, stay away. Encourage them to get better by sleeping, eating well, and drinking lots of fluids.
- About a $10 investment, a thermometer will help you determine if your fever is high enough to warrant a doctor visit. (Pro tip: You won’t want to go buy one when you are already sick, so be sure to have one handy.)
- You are in and out of public places all day. Think of all of the door knobs, elevator buttons and shared surfaces that you and countless others are touching. Use hand sanitizer regularly, but consider one with Aloe Vera to keep your skin from drying out.
- Don’t overwork your body to the point of complete susceptibility. Know your limits to keep your immune system at its best!
- Bathrooms are contaminated more easily than other areas. Using the bathroom sink for dishes may have been a thing to do in the dorms, but you have a kitchen now!
- Towels are a huge breeding ground for infections. Be sure to wash them often!
Share glasses, water bottles or eating utensils
- You know why.
- Second-hand smoke inflames mucus membranes in your throat, making you more vulnerable to infections.
- Fall is new relationship season; be careful not to swap saliva with someone who has a bug!