Whether you moved into your own off-campus apartment earlier in your college career or are just finally starting to reap the benefits as a senior, one of the most exciting (and sometimes most challenging!) parts of living on your own in college is having a kitchen!
As a senior at St. Michael’s College, I finally have a kitchen in my on-campus “townhouse”. I’ve enjoyed bidding an official adieu to dining hall food and cooking for myself, however, this privilege comes with some responsibilities.
Chances are, you’ll be dealing with a small space, limited storage, other roommates to share this with, and a responsibility to keep things clean around your already hectic schedules.
That said, here are some absolute must-haves for keeping things easy and breezy in your college kitchen!
1.) Cookware Items
You won’t have the space and convenience of your parents’ kitchen, so you’ll need to do some thinking and prioritize what you think you’ll use the most. These are my musts:
– Baking sheet
– Cutting board
– Frying pan
– Wooden spoon
– Large multipurpose pot
2.) Cleaning Items
It’s imperative to keep your college kitchen clean, especially given the small space you’re likely sharing with others. You’ll get by with Clorox wipes, paper towels, a vacuum, awareness of the mess you’re making and promptness in cleaning up after yourself.
3.) Patience & Communication
Be aware of the time and space you’re taking up in the kitchen, be considerate of other people’s time and space, and communicate your wants and needs to the best of your ability. You’ll be able to enjoy and even learn from the experience!
What is your favorite part of having a kitchen in college?