2017 was the year of minimalism. This trend has spilled into 2018, and there’s no doubt it is here to stay. Minimalizing your space is a refreshing way to decrease unwanted clutter and recognize what possessions are important to you. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “minimalist,” making room for important things in your life is a healthy habit to implement.

Clean Out Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet is a great first step to minimalize your possessions. A good rule to follow is to go through your clothes and shoes and throw out anything that you haven’t worn in the past 6-12 months. Throwing out doesn’t necessarily mean the garbage. There are plenty of shelters and donation organizations that will happily take the clothing off your hands.

If the twelve-month rule doesn’t apply to you, try to pick out staple items in your closet that you can’t go without. You probably don’t need five of the same sweater in different colors.

Decorations

Your taste in decor will probably change over the four years of college. Figure out if all of your decorations are coordinating. If not, throw out the misfits. Getting rid of decorations is a great way to decrease clutter and unwanted busyness that your dorm room has accumulated. You’ll be thankful for this tip come graduation when you are getting ready to move into a new place.

Organization

In such a small space, organization is key. Storage cubes are good for closet and shoe organization. If the bed in your room is higher up, shoe racks are also helpful. Have a basket on top of your MicroChill  for your non-refrigerated snacks. Invest in desk drawer organizers. This way, you will know exactly where your skinny pink highlighter is.  If you’re lacking ideas, Pinterest is a great tool to take advantage of when it comes to organization.

October is spooky, and we’re not just talking about Halloween. You know what we’re talking about – it’s midterm season. Most college students dread this part of the semester. Your week might be filled with sleepless nights, followed by upset stomachs from all the junk you’ve been munching on during study hours. Unfortunately, most students mistakenly eat or drink the wrong foods during midterms. Sweet and salty treats will usually lead to stomach issues, especially if over-eaten. We’re here to help you find the best snacks and meals to properly fuel you and your brain up for midterms!

Did you know that certain foods can affect your exam performance? Your brain literally needs vitamin-dense foods to create the energy that will make your work more efficient. Eating the right food for your brain will decrease fogginess and fatigue. According to the BBC, eating a balanced diet can help you focus, which will lead to more efficient studying, and overall academic performance.

Click here to read more from BBC on which foods can have a positive affect on your brain. Aside from food, it’s also important to give your body plenty of rest and hydrate with lots of H20.

So, what foods you should try to stay away from?

  • Sugars
  • Processed foods (chips, fast food, frozen foods, etc.)
  • Caffeine (soda, energy drinks, coffee, etc.)

We know it seems impossible to make gourmet inspired meals in a dorm room, let alone tasty ones. Luckily, with the help of your MicroChill®, you’ll be able to accept the challenge!

Morning

If your exam is in the morning, you’ll want a yummy breakfast filled with slow releasing carbs which can be found in whole grains. Our go to would be granola or oatmeal, which can be made right in your microwave! Here’s a tasty recipe for a homemade granola from Real Mom Kitchen. We love this recipe because it can be eaten with milk or yogurt as a breakfast, or eaten by itself as a healthy snack on the go. Perfect for those college students running late to an exam, just toss some in your backpack and snack on the way!

Night

If your exam is at night, we have the perfect pre-exam dinner option for you: Salmon. Fish is jam packed with Omega-3’s and protein which is amazing for brain health and concentration. This recipe from Healthy Aperture should do the trick, complete this tasty dish with some steamed broccoli or carrots and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal filled with iron and fibre. The great thing about all of these dishes is they can all be made right in the comfort of your dorm room!

Snacks

Here are two great snack you can prep for the week of mid-terms.

Kale Chips 

Don’t be afraid of vegetables! Kale is a super food you’ll want to incorporate into your diet, and this leafy green tastes even better crispy! Here’s a quick and easy recipe you’ve got to try.

Dark Chocolate Bark with cranberry, pistachios and pecans. 

Not only does dark chocolate taste delicious, but it also has many benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Adding nuts and dried fruit is a great and healthy addition. Here’s the recipe!

 

 

With the fall semester right around the corner, you’re going to need something that will help you get through late night study sessions, lunch breaks and everyday dorm life. What could possibly help with all of the above? It sounds like you need an appliance that is a triple threat, aka the ultimate dorm necessity. You need the MicroChill®, and lucky for you, your friends at Door To Dorm can hook you up.

Let’s take a quick recap of what makes this appliance a triple threat:

  1. Microwave – Check
  2. Refrigerator – Check
  3. Freezer – Check

So why give this appliance the honorable nickname “Mean Green MicroChill® Machine”?

The MicroChill® is the Industry leader in Eco-Friendly compact refrigerators and combination appliances. Not only is it energy efficient and space saving, it also requires a single plug for three appliances that every college student needs. This space saving design is perfect for a single dorm room, plus it can be available for a single semester or all year-long rentals (save money and get the best value with a year-long rental)!

This three-in-one unit makes eating easy and economical, with a freezer compartment coupled with refrigerator. This allows for more food storage/preservation options. Plus, the microwave ensures that this food will actually get eaten!

Avoid the stress and strain of worrying about purchasing a refrigerator, and having to move it in and out of your dorm room. Contact the refrigerator experts at Door To Dorm.

If you aren’t convinced yet, let us remind you that our refrigerator rentals are delivered directly to your residence hall at a time and date that coincides with your move-in schedule! We literally make it easy as 1, 2, and 3!

Save money by renting for the whole year! Click here to reserve your very own MicroChill® for this upcoming semester.

Making the transition from home to college comes with plenty of new changes. Before the school year began, you might have heard that your next four years of school will consist of instant ramen noodles and Hot Pockets, but that’s not completely true. Living in a dorm room doesn’t necessarily mean suffering through all the instant, frozen and cafeteria food you’ve had this past semester; it’s time now to get creative.

Here are 5 awesome meals you can make right in your dorm room:

  • Eggs in a Mug

They weren’t lying when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Instead of waiting in line at the cafeteria for an omelet, just make it yourself! This super easy recipe allows you to cook an awesome breakfast in a coffee mug. Cute AND delicious. This recipe comes from Spoon University, but feel free to throw in whatever goodies you want!

  • Mug Muffins

Kirbie’s Cravings discovered an awesome (and delicious) way to make blueberry muffins in your dorm room microwave! Check out the recipe here!

  • Tuna Wraps (Mediterranean Style)

Avoid the Freshman 15 by choosing to stray from the instant foods and whip up some healthy and tasty tuna wraps! All of the ingredients can be stored in your mini-fridge and made in a timely fashion. Check out A Pinch of Healthy’s recipe for a Mediterranean-styled tuna wrap.

  • Mug Mac & Cheese

Can’t get enough of mug recipes? Us either. This version of Mug Mac & Cheese uses real ingredients instead of what you’ll find in a box. See for yourself!

  • Iron-Style Grilled Cheese

This innovative way to make grilled cheese in your dorm is definitely a favorite. Who knew an iron could be used for more than keeping your clothes wrinkle-free? On those cold winter nights, you can get the comfort of a homemade grilled cheese without having to go home for it. Cute DIY Project nailed this one. Learn how to make it here.

Have awesome dorm room recipes of your own? Reach out to us on Faebook or Twitter and let us know!

Everyone has heard the phrase “freshman 15”, but how much of it do we know to be true? After much research, we’ve concluded that this phrase can actually be true, but only if you allow it to be.

We all know that starting off your college career can be a scary and stressful time, especially if you are moving across the U.S. away from home. Living on your own, whether in a dorm or apartment calls for responsibility. Even though studies have shown that the freshman 15 is realistically more like the freshman 3-10 (lbs.). If you don’t prepare, then you can definitely be at risk to gain some college weight.

Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind during your entire college career, which will help keep your health on the right track:

  • Get plenty of sleep (although being a college student is stressful, try your best)
  • Drink lots of H20
  • Keep healthy snacks in your minifridge for in between meals
  • Look up MyPlate to see how to incorporate the 5 food groups into your diet
  • Stay active
  • Eat breakfast
  • Talk to your University dietician to help come up with a meal plan that you can accommodate with the dining hall on campus

Remember, the freshman 15 will only come to be if you allow it. Monitor your eating habits and take care of yourself!

Summer is here and while other students are going home for the break, some students need to stay for summer school. During these months, the days tend to get hotter and there’s no better way to beat the heat than gulping down cold drinks.

A mini fridge is one of the most common items in a college dorm, especially during summer. These fridges are cheap and small enough to fit in small spaces. They provide convenience and independence to students, which is why you should consider renting one for your dorm.

While mini fridges are cheap, it is recommended to rent one for the summer. Fridge rentals are affordable and will save you money in the long run. When you have one in your dorm room, you can keep cold drinks. This can save you a lot of money instead of buying soda and coffee on the go. The fridge is also a great place to store leftover food, say goodbye to spoiled food!

When you go back to school in summer, having a fridge in the room will help you stay focused on schoolwork. When exams come, and you do a lot of cramming, you don’t need to go out of the room to grab a drink or a quick bite. That way you can concentrate on studying without any distractions.

Students with fridges in their dorm rooms have been observed to have healthier eating habits compared to those without fridges. They keep yogurt and fruits in their fridge that allow them to eat healthy. Some of the common healthy foods that you can keep in your mini fridge include low-fat cheese, vegetables, eggs, hummus and salsa, just to name a few.

When looking for fridge rentals, you should keep in mind that some dormitories and colleges have rules about appliances in rooms. You should check with your college first before renting one for the summer. If they allow one in your room, we can provide FREE shipping, that way you don’t need to worry about how you’re going to get the fridge inside your dorm. And when your rental agreement ends, we will also pick it up from your dorm for FREE again!

Ordering a mini fridge for the summer is the perfect way to save money and at the same time beat the heat. You will have all the comforts of home without breaking your budget. Fridge rentals are better, especially if you are going to use it for a single semester. Most rental facilities offer a per-semester rate, which makes it more affordable than buying one!