A Quick Guide Of Things You Need When Moving Out For The First Year of University.

Obviously, everything I am going to mention here isn’t going to be applicable for everyone. There’s a good possibility that I might forget some things. Add and subtract from the list as you desire.

Bedroom and study:

  • Duvet
  • Duvet cover
  • Bedsheets – multiple, particularly if you get heavy periods. Sometimes you won’t have time to wash sheets.
  • Pillows
  • Flipflops/sandals – your floor is going to get disgusting.
  • Table lamp – one of my coursemates’ room had seriously poor lighting. Needless to say, having a lamp helped.
  • Laptop – invest in a good one. You’re going to need access to a computer every step of the way.
  • Extension cable.
  • Folders – trust me, it will help you organise your things so much better. As for general stationeries, it depends on you as an individual.
  • A sturdy, medium sized lightweight luggage – investing in a good one is worth the price.

Kitchen: this is more useful for someone moving into a studio.

  • Toaster/toastie maker (unless provided by the accommodation) – for the love of anything at all, if you are like me and know cooking is something that will take time for you to learn, get a toaster/toastie maker. Chances are you’re not going to have time to make fancy meals and opting for homemade sandwiches will help you save money.
  • knife
  • Chopping board
  • Small, medium and large plates – one of my friends (her parents) bought an expensive dinner set to university and broke almost all of them. Students just don’t throw dinner parties, it’s just not gonna happen. I, for one, don’t have a supply of easy money and have to save as much as possible. If you want to save money, just bring some cheap plates that you are going to throw away eventually.
  • 2 x bowls
  • Mixing bowl
  • Glasses and mugs – bring a few, 4 should suffice. Once again, no one’s throwing dinner parties in university. Shot and wine glasses on the other hand are a different story. I don’t drink, not a good idea for me to advice one on that.
  • Cutlery – a set containing 4 pieces of each type will do fine.
  • A few containers to store food in. If you are particularly broke, head over to poundland and get a set of 8 microwavable plastic containers. They are surprisingly handy.
  • Tea towels – wash and reuse to save money on kitchen towels. I just recently realised how much I spent on these. You do need kitchen towels but it’ll help reduce a lot of waste to have something reusable as well.
  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pans – small and large.
  • Wooden/plastic utensils – for cooking.
  • Tin can opener
  • Baking tray – may not be necessary, my oven came with one.
  • Colander – pasta is going to save your life. It’s also useful for washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Dish rack – organising made easier.
  • Kitchen scale – a small kitchen scale is incredibly useful, especially if you are awful at measuring things like me. Helps make my food a little more edible. Bonus, helps to keep track of portion size and calorie intake.

Bathroom:

  • Toilet brush with holder
  • Small bin – you can thank me later.
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Soap dish
  • Plasters, paracetamol etc.
  • At least 4 hand towels, 4 face towels and 2 bath towels.
  • Lots of underwear.
  • Shower necessities e.g. back brush, sponge etc.

Good hygiene is everything.

Now that the essentials are done, here are some other stuff:

  • Fairy lights – are you even a student if you don’t have a set of fairy lights in your room? They can also create a nice relaxing atmosphere.
  • Good pyjamas, dressing gowns and hoodies – if you are a headscarf wearer, hoodies will save your life.
  • Diffusers – because some accommodations have very sensitive fire alarms.
  • Fancy dresses – you don’t have to bring everything at one go. Usually, in October there’s a lot of themed parties. I don’t attend these as they’re not my thing but this girl once needed emergency minnie mouse ears for a house party. Besides, there are end of year balls, summer balls etc.
  • Jars – for storing biscuits and other food products.
  • Smart clothes – just one white shirt/blouse, one black trouser, one brogue/any smart shoes and one blazer will go a long way.
  • Extra blankets and throws – some accommodations have very poor heating.
  • Mesh curtains for ground to third floor – if you need the privacy, that is.
  • Microfibre cloths – for quickly cleaning your devices.

On the day you move in, you’ll have to go grocery shopping. So, here’s a basic (vegetarian) grocery list. Once again, it all depends on your lifestyle.

When moving, remember that for things like clothing you don’t have to bring it all at one go. Unless you live extremely far away, you’ll go home again and can bring back the things you left behind. Besides, you’re still living amongst civilisation and there are going to be shops there for you to buy things when you need.

Welcome Ramadan – 05/17

A time of reassurance is upon us
Hunger and thirst accompanying it
Through it all we will grow stronger
In our faith and in our manners
In the space that holds compassion
In the actions that are not about the self
But bigger.

We will hold back unsolicited emotions
Control the anger while fighting the hunger
Although it resembles not a battle
But more of a daily celebration
With feasts, taraweeh and eid preparations
Welcoming all to iftar with open arms.

Minimalist Inspiration

The concept of minimalism is very much in line with my general and religious morals. Obviously, minimalists choose their lifestyle as a result of their own decisions which varies among different people.

Am I a minimalist? No, I am not. I don’t think I could ever be a proper minimalist. However, I draw inspiration from it which helps me reduce wastage and really think about what matters most.

I decluttered my wardrobe twice this year and got rid of clothes that I knew I was not going to ever wear. I still have clothes that I am not quite sure about. I used to keep things for two specific reasons: a) they cost b) they look good. Like many people, I convinced myself that one day I would find the courage to wear the ‘good looking’ clothes. Even if they aren’t really my style.

When it comes to decluttering clothes, it is indeed important to understand what is it that you want from your clothes. For me, it is comfort. If I feel remotely uncomfortable both physically and psychologically in an item, I will never wear it again. For someone else however, it could be that this person would wear something uncomfortable as long as it is in line with their sense of style.

The same is applicable for shoes, coats, makeup etc. I am very picky about shoes and currently I am down to three ankle boots, one trainer, two ballet flats, one brogue which is in a really bad condition but I am too broke to get a new one now (I need it for interviews and if I end up finding a job that has a formal dress code). If a shoe is uncomfortable in a nanometer scale, I refuse to wear it. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of money on shoes that I didn’t actually wear. My Mum wore some of them because they fit her while some others just had to go.

Items that are relatively new or in good condition can always be given away, so nothing is being wasted there. Since minimalism is a lifestyle, it isn’t only applicable towards one aspect of life.

Wasting food is a very serious matter to me, personally. I’ve been wasting quite a bit of food since I’ve started living alone for University. I used to dislike eating bread crust but now I eat it anyways. I need to be more careful about my choices rather than just cook things carelessly and trash them. So, right now I am targeting my minimalist inspiration towards cooking and food.

So, I realised I have been using the word minimalist a lot, even though I mentioned I am not a minimalist per say. It’s just easier to say and I hope I don’t end up offending anybody. There’s so much more to minimalism than the inspiration that I draw from it. I just like the idea of having a decluttered life. I used to be always late because I had too many clothes (compulsive shopper here!) and couldn’t decide what I wanted to wear. Thank God, that’s not an issue anymore. At least, for the majority of time.