Posted on November 10, 2009 with 2 Comments
As the cold days of winter come, so does sickness to that college campus. To those of you college kids out there reading this blog, or to you concerned parents who wonder what their kids dorms could really ever look like before you come to visit, here are a couple of helpful hints to keep in mind or pass along the way:
- Always keep a set of disinfectant wipes by your sink. Use nightly to get rid of any germs that could be spreading. You wipe your face and brush your teeth here, keep that sink clean!
- Always have paper towels set up for emergencies. Always know where they are located. This is in order to avoid the “spill-over” (no pun intended) from spills. When something spills clean it up at once, don’t let it dry out and become a messy, sticky bug-drawing force on your dorm room floor.
- Make it a daily concern to clean up loose articles of old food and beverages. This includes all opened water bottles and half eaten bottles of chips. Even if you don’t realize it, you feel better without all that unnecessary clutter around your room
- Always have water available. Be it by the means of drinking out of cups, a Brita, or bottled water, it is necessary as a college kid to be well hydrated and happy.
- Have that ibuprofen bottle full at all times (especially weekend mornings). This is a number one tool for all quick fix headaches, minor pains, and hangovers. Having Nyquil and Dayquil in that top-drawer can’t hurt either.
- Keep a broom in that room. You’d be surprised at how much dirt one can sweep up during a quick sweep of the room. It’s vital to sweep up these parts of the room 2 or 3 times per week.
- Do not drink or share food with your friends. (Beer pong is a definite no-no)
- A cup of tea a day or a bowl of soup always feels good on the throat. Sounds old fashioned, but its true.
- Go to your local customer value store and purchase a Neti-Pot. It relieves all reoccurring sinus pains during the winter. This, and always having tissues handy is key.
- Change your sheets at least once a week. Wash your towels/hand towels intensely. We know this may seem like a terrifying adjustment in your life, but it is worth it. If necessary, have 2 or 3 extra pairs of sheets for quick changing and being able to still avoid doing that laundry.
Integrated Pest Management techniques are also essential. Keeping a clean room is essential. If you spot any bugs or insects it is recommended that you bring it up with your Resident Assistant or Resident Director of your complex.