Shower Sandals for the Dorm Bathroom

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Living in the dorm can present some setbacks, including snoring roommates; close living quarters; and the hassles that accompany shared bathrooms. Using the same showers as others presents a new set of necessities, including bathroom caddies, conservative bathrobes and, of course, shower sandals. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can skip out on the third item; the warm and moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria, and the communal shower can be an ideal place for sharing fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.  College students have a few options when it comes to footwear for the shower:

  1. Basic Flip Flops

If you find yourself in a pinch and in immediate need of sandals, turn to your cheapest pair of flip-flops. The upside is that they’re sold in a rainbow of different colors, and can run as cheap as $2.00. If you plan on traveling this route, buy more than one pair in case the lower-quality construction doesn’t hold up to repeatedly getting wet.

  1. Anti-Slip Drainage Hole Sandal

These sandals are designed specifically for communal showers and, as a result, feature a sure grip bottom to prevent slipping.  The drainage holes throughout the shoe prevent the discomfort that comes from walking around in wet sandals by helping to keep your feet from sliding around in the shoe. Though they are not as cheap as the above options, this style of shower sandal is affordable nonetheless.

  1. Antimicrobial Shower Sandal

Take your dorm showering experience to the next level with this style of shower flip-flops.  Rather than going with the cheapest option that you could potentially destroy in a very short amount of time, these flip-flops have a few special features that make them worth the higher asking price. The bottoms of these shoes are thicker and come with essential treads that provide the essential non-slip quality.  These sandals also contain drainage holes that allow water to drain from the shoe so that your feet remain secure.  As an added bonus, some antimicrobial shower sandals are event scented!

  1. Rubber Traction Shower Sandals

These sandals provide the comfort and traction of an athletic sandal.  The rubber soles provide that essential non-slip feature that makes your shower experience less treacherous. Unlike some of the other options, rubber traction shoes are more practical to wear in a variety of different settings outside the bathroom, including the great outdoors.

Shower sandals in the dorm are almost as equally essential as your bedding and toothbrush.  Not only do you want to avoid those nasty fungal infections, but you also want to protect yourself from falling on your face in the shower. Pick up a pair prior to stepping into the bathroom to bathe in order to maintain excellent health.

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Dorm Room Rug Sizes

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The cement walls and cold tile floors of dorm rooms can give a dull, uninviting feel to a dorm living space.  It is likely that you have added some color and style to your dorm room with posters, colorful blankets and pillows for your bed.  The e the last step to tie it all together is a dorm rug for your room.  Not only will this add a nicely decorative touch, but it will help retain some heat in your dorm room as well.  This is especially helpful during the winter months when the floors can be cold against bare feet.  When looking for a rug, your first concern may be the color and pattern.  Another important thing to consider when shopping for a rug is the size.  Read on for tips on how to find the perfect size to accommodate the dimensions of your area.

  1. The 5’ x 7’ area rug is the most popular size for amongst students.  While this size probably won’t reach under your bed, it is large enough to cover the main part of your floor where your furniture and other supplies are located.  More importantly, it will cover the areas where you will do all of your walking and sitting.
  1. The 4’ x 6’ rug is the next most popular size after the 5’ x 7’.  This size provides more versatility in function.  It is a perfect size for placing next to your bed for your own personal rug.  What’s more, depending on the specific dimensions of the room, this slightly smaller size may enable you and your roommate to each have your own rugs without overlapping.
  1. For those that are looking for larger alternatives, turn to 6’ x 9’ dorm rugs.  This carpet is not large enough to cover the entire floor, but it is your best option next to installing a wall-to-wall carpet.  This size rug will cover the main area of your room while also reaching the area under your bed.  If you want to purchase this particular length and width, also include a vacuum into your shopping cart. While lighter models may be able to be brought outside and shook in order to get rid of dust, this sized rug will be too heavy.
  1. A smaller, 3’ x 5’ rug is yet another option.  This option is ideal for more specific purposes, such as placing beside so you have something soft and warm to place your feet on when you get up in the morning. They’re also useful for placing under heavier objects to help slide them about, like a spacious trunk that normally is housed under your bed.

This list does not cover all of the rug sizes, as more variants do exist.  This covers the basics that will work in most dorm rooms.  Additionally, not all dorm rooms are created equally, so you may want to check with your student housing office to find out the specific dimensions of your new living area.  When considering the size of your room, the décor, and the purpose of a rug, you are sure to find the perfect rug that will create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your dorm room.

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Pajama Styles for the Dorm

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There is never a wrong time to take advantage of the opportunity to reinvent your style and update your wardrobe.  When living in the college dorm, this concept extends to your sleepwear as well.  Dorm rooms tend to be locations for social gatherings at all hours of the day, so chances are that you will be seen in your pajamas by many of your peers in addition to your roommates. Keeping that idea in mind, you want to be dressed appropriately for public AND bed according to coverage, style, and the weather.

  1. Flannel pajama bottoms

During the cold winter months, flannel pajama bottoms are a warm and comfortable option.  They come in all different colors and patterns, so you can feel free to make any fashion statement you choose with these.  You can pair these bottoms with any T-Shirt, either long-sleeved or short-sleeved, tank top, or sweatshirt.  You may even be inclined to get a matching flannel button down pajama shirt for extra comfort.

  1. Nightshirt

Ladies can lounge casually and comfortably with oversized shirts made for sleeping in.  Some different styles of nightshirts include longer V-neck T’s, Henley baseball nightshirts or tops honoring Greek life.  These nightshirts are lightweight for those hot sleepers, and can be found in a variety of colors and patterns.  This is a great option for a sportier look in the summer months or if your dorm room is on the warmer side. Wrapping up in a blanket if only a nightshirt makes you cold is a great option.

  1. Knit Tops and Leggings

You can find matching tops and bottoms, buy the pants or the top alone, or mix and match.  Knits come in all colors and patterns, so you have lots of style options to work with here.  You can find a pair of knit leggings with a floral pattern and match them with a solid color tank top or T-shirt.  Pair a knit top with flannel pajama bottoms or shorts, and finish the look off with a pair of knee-high socks.

  1. Thermals

When it comes to making a fashion statement, thermal pajamas have the same concept as the knits – lots of variety in colors, patterns, and mix and match options.  The biggest difference between thermals and knits, of course, is that the former are made to keep you warm and cozy during those cold winter months.  Ladies can even sport a thermal nightshirt (these will look great with knee-high socks).

  1. Nightgowns

Nightgowns are a great choice for ladies who want to look pretty and feminine in their loungewear.  However, when it comes to nightgowns, not all styles are appropriate for the dorm. Shorter length, cotton nightgowns are a safe bet here – although a little bit lace won’t hurt.  You can be pretty and fashionable in your nightgown, you just don’t want to get too formal.

  1. Rompers

Rompers are all the rage right now, and this style is extending into the world of pajama fashion.  These can be found in satin, knit and flannel.  Some style options offer long pants with a sleeveless top, or shorts with a long-sleeved top.  This type of loungewear is new, trendy, and quite comfortable.

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Pillow Care for Your Dorm Pillows

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While living in the college dorm, you may already be aware of the need to wash your sheets once every week or every two weeks.  When washing your bedding, your pillowcases get thrown into the mix.  But have you ever considered the need to wash the pillows themselves?  You may be wondering why this would be necessary, and there are hundreds of responses to this in the form of dust mites and bacteria that tend to collect in the crevices of your pillow, unseen. This can cause extreme allergic reactions and even asthma.  In addition to dust mites, dead skin cells and bacteria can also get trapped in your pillows and contribute to acne.  Living in a dorm increases the risk of bacteria and dust mites collecting in your pillows as a result of a small, shared space and old buildings.  You have the option to replace your pillows every few months or so, but that can get expensive.  But don’t worry, washing your pillows is quite simple, and you can use the washing machine in your own dorm building.

  1. Washing Pillows

Before you wash your pillow, double check the label to be sure that it is safe for washing.  Most pillows are safe to go into the washing machine, whether down or synthetic.  If your pillows have covers on them, be sure to remove the covers.  You can throw them in the washing machine with your pillows.

Allow the washer to fill with hot water first, and add detergent as it fills.  You will want to set your washing machine to the longest cycle.  Once the washing machine is filled and the detergent is fully dissolved, it is time to add your pillows.  If you have a front-loading washing machine, you will not be able to do your soaking here.  Soaking your pillows in the sink or tub will suffice, and then you can transfer them to the washing machine.  Keep in mind that you may not have access to a tub in your dorm, however most laundry rooms found in dorm buildings have top-loading washing machines.

Wash two pillows at the same time to keep an even balance in the washing machine. Be sure not to wash more than three pillows at once to ensure they get a thorough cleaning.  After soaking your pillows, run the full cycle, allowing for two rinse cycles to ensure no detergent remains.

  1. Drying Pillows

Drying your pillows is simple – just throw them in the dryer!  You will want to throw in some dryer balls or even clean tennis balls along with your pillows and pillow covers.  This will fluff your pillows and help them dry as thoroughly as possible.  For pillows made with synthetic stuffing, you can set the dryer to low heat.  For down or feather pillows, use the tumble dry, no heat setting.  Once your pillows are dry, they should be fresh, fluffy and clean.  Replace the pillowcases and enjoy.  This cleaning should be sufficient for several months.  It is recommended that you repeat this process about every six months or so.

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Hanging Posters in the Dorm Room

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You just moved into your new dorm room; after unpacking and settling in, you might be looking to give the room a little bit of personality.  If you’ve seen college dorms in the past, you may have noticed all different kinds of posters displayed from room to room.  There are no limits to what can be depicted on your walls, no matter whether you’re looking for a “Star Wars” rock brand poster or a sports-themed Buster Posey wall hanging. So how do you go about personalizing your section of a shared room?  Read on for some tips on selecting and hanging posters in your dorm room.

  1. Discuss ideas with roommates.

It is very likely that you will be sharing your dorm room with one or two roommates.  Keep in mind they will have to view your posters every day, so be sure to find something that will not be offensive; you want a poster that is agreeable for everyone in the room.  That being said, this does not mean that your roommates need to share in your enthusiasm for kittens or whatever is featured in your poster, but be sure that it is something everyone can tolerate seeing on a regular basis. If you can’t live without a wall hanging that drives your roommate nuts, perhaps display it somewhere just for you, like the inside of your closet door or a somewhat blocked cranny of the room.

  1. Consider the color scheme of your dorm room.

Not every dorm has a specific color scheme or design, in which case the color or style of poster won’t make much of a difference.  However, if you and your roommates are trying to keep a cohesive color theme present in the room, you want to be sure your poster selection will not clash with this design. The wall art you choose can even reinforce décor themes. Of course, black and white posters are a great option here, since they will go with just about any color scheme.

  1. To frame or not to frame?

The majority of dorm rooms do not allow for nails to be hammered into the wall so, in this scenario, double-sided tape or adhesive hooks are ideal. A secret weapon in this scenario is power strips. They work with just about any surface and have a double-sided adhesive trait that makes them perfect for hanging posters.  Simply stick them to the corners and outer edges of your poster and then press against the wall.  Another tool you can use is poster putty, which looks very similar to Play-Doh.  This adhesive option has the same concept as the poster strips – simply stick to the corners of the poster and hang.  So what does this mean for framing? Many frames are heavier, making it difficult for power strips or similar products to support the weight. Therefore, if you do insist on framing the poster, make sure that you opt for lightweight options.

  1. Where to hang your poster?

The answer to this question is entirely subjective and will depend on the layout of your room.  Look at the amount of wall space you have available and go from there.  Longer posters tend to look better hung over the head of the bed, or on your closet door.  Keep in mind that this is your space, so be creative and have fun with it – you really can’t go wrong here.

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Dorm Room Closet Storage Options

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Finding ways to maximize the use of your living quarters’ limited space can prove to be quite a challenging. It may become all too tempting to simply stack random goods on top of one another, which can ultimately lead to ugly messes. Luckily, there are plenty of dorm essentials that will help you to stay organized and take full advantage of areas. The closet is a prime example of a storage unit you can further enhance.

  1. Hanging shelf organizer

This item is a terrific closet storage solution, as it strategically employs of the generous height of the cranny without consuming substantial horizontal space. You can use the hanging shelf organizer for clothing, towels, shoes, toiletries, and other goods. Be mindful of the intended use of the dangling shelves prior to making your purchase, as wider pockets can accommodate bulkier pieces but may be wasteful if used for smaller articles. Reversely, narrow organizers may be less accommodating than you’d prefer.

  1. Over the door hanger

If your closet has a door, use this nifty tool to sling towels, sweatshirts, belts, bathrobes, and even jewelry. Over the door hangers have five to six hooks and vary in size, so you are sure to find use for this item. Of course, this handy organizer is not limited to merely closet usage, as it can be very helpful in bathrooms.

  1. Multiple Tier Shirt Hanger

Hang six shirts neatly on one hanger with this fabulous space saver.  This dorm essential provides yet another option for utilizing the vertical space in your closet to keep it neat and organized.  Some of these hangers even have a convenient grip (made of gel or rubber) to prevent shirts from slipping off the hanger.  This space-saver will keep shirts off the closet floor and help you find a favorite shirt with ease.

  1. Multiple tier hanger for pants and skirts

How do you prevent professional pants and skirts from wrinkling? This dorm essential uses the concept of the multi-tiered shirt hanger, but is specifically meant for pants and skirts. These hangers also fold up, so packing them up and transporting them is quite convenient and takes up very little space. As you begin the process of attending interviews, you’ll be glad that you have the time-saving multiple tier hanger.

  1. Belt rack

This organizer suspends from your closet rod, and has multiple double-sided hooks that are fantastic for hanging belts, ties, and scarves. Some racks have up to 14 hooks, so you will never have to go fishing through drawers to find your favorite accessories.

  1. Over the door organizer

Rather than tossing your shoes on the closet floor or under your bed, keep them neatly organized and easily accessible with this over the door organizer. This item contains multiple pockets for storing shoes and hooks that allow it to hang right over the door without drilling holes. No more wasting time searching for that lost shoe, or leaving them on the floor for your roommate to trip over!

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Cleaning the Shower Curtain in a Dorm Room

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If you live in a college dorm, you may be familiar with the not-so-joyful experience of sharing a shower with your roommates and/or neighbors in your hallway.  The potential problem that surrounds this set up is the maintenance of the bathrooms and showers, particularly when it comes to cleanliness. While some individuals may live on floors that have janitorial staff take care of this problem, students that live in a suite will have this duty fall upon their own shoulders.

Naturally, the parts of the bathroom you rely upon to maintain personal hygiene should be given special attention; you probably remember to wipe your hanging shower caddy and the rim of the bathtub. However, the shower curtain is often overlooked when students clean the area. The neglect can lead to mold and mildew, which can take on either a pinkish-orange or graying-brown color. With a few simple steps, you can clear away the buildup to have your shower curtain like new.

  1. Cleaning your dorm shower curtain

First, you will need to remove the curtain liner from the hooks and place it into the washer machine. Throw two towels (preferably light colored or white) in the washer with your curtain liner. The purpose of using towels here is to protect the delicate plastic of the curtain, while simultaneously scrubbing away the dirt and mildew.  You will then add a mild detergent and one cup of baking soda to the washing machine and run it on the gentle cycle.  The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to remove mildew and acts as a natural deodorizer.  A few drops of tea tree oil is also optional here for additional mildew removal.  Once the wash cycle is complete, you can simply re-hang your curtain allow it to dry, and throw the towels in the dryer.

An alternative to the above is to occasionally soak your shower curtain in bleach water; if you choose this option, make sure to be conservative with the amount of chemicals used; to wear proper gloves; and to rinse the curtain thoroughly once the process is complete.

  1. Maintenance between washes

You should only need to wash your curtain every three months or so, as long as you keep up with these simple maintenance steps.  In order to minimize the buildup of mold, you will want to invest in a daily shower spray that you can spray onto the curtain and walls after each use.  Be sure to keep the shower curtain closed so that it can dry.  If you keep it open it will stay wet or damp, and remember that mold and mildew love this type of environment.  Be sure to clean your bathroom cleaning products as well – this includes sponges, scrub brushes and even toothbrushes that you may use to scrub those tiny spaces.

Remember, mold is not only unsightly, but it can also be harmful to your health. Breathing in the mildew on a regular basis can negatively impact your breathing. Therefore, safeguard your health and your bathroom’s appearance by regularly scrubbing away the grime.

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