Unusual Washing in College

It’s great to own nice clothes made from high quality fabrics and laces, but when it comes to keeping those items cleaned it can become a real hassle. That’s because these types of clothes will say things like "hand-wash only," "dry-clean only" and "hang or line dry only"—and no, those options aren’t available on a washing machine. Instead of wearing those fancy pieces once and then leaving them at the bottom of the hamper because they seem too complicated to clean, learn how to properly deal with these "special care" clothing items.

If your article of clothing says "dry clean" only it’s usually best to take a trip to the dry cleaner (especially with suits). Not only will the dry cleaners get it smelling fresh again but they will also press it. But if you down right refuse to pay $4.00 to get a professional to do it, you can always invest in a Dryel kit. Dryel provides a variety of easy to use at home dry-cleaning products. All you have to do is follow the directions on the box and voilà.

When it comes to hand washing it can get pretty tedious. But the important thing to remember is to use the right kind of washing detergent. If you use the kind that you use for the machine it will leave a strong, pungy smell in the clothes. So instead invest in some Woolite or some other detergent that promises to be ideal for hand-washed clothes. To clean your clothes, all you have to do is pour a cap full of detergent into the sink or a small tub and let it fill up with cool water to create soap suds ( almost like you were prepping for a bubble bath). Let your clothes soak in the water for a few minutes and then start working all the main areas (underarms, collar, etc). Ring your clothes of the excess moisture but not too ferociously. The reason these clothes are hand-wash only is because they are delicate and you don’t want it losing its shape. If you have absolutely no time to hand wash, then you can try putting the clothes on the delicate cycle of the washing machine. But be warned that your clothes can be damaged.

For clothes that say "hang dry" or "flat dry" only can be pretty complicated if you live in a dorm but it is possible. Try investing in some hooks or a towel rack that you can hang on the door or lie on the floor. Just make sure you place a towel underneath the articles of clothing because they will drip water.

How to Rent Your First Apartment

Whether you’re graduating, or just ready to go out on your own, at some point, you’ll probably need to rent your first apartment. You may be a little bit intimidated, but it’s not difficult to do. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when renting your first apartment.

Consider what’s right for you. The two most important considerations when it comes to an apartment are price and location. How much apartment can you comfortably afford? It should be about 25% of your income, and you’ll need to keep debt, living expenses, and more in mind. It’s also important to determine the area in which you’ll look for your apartment, as it should be convenient to where you work, study, and spend the most time away from home.

Do you want a roommate? With a roommate, you’ll be able to split most expenses and afford a larger apartment. A roommate will also offer companionship. However, you may find it difficult to share a space and living resources with someone else, so keep this in mind.

Find a few apartments to look at. Do your research online to find apartments that meet your criteria for rent and location. You should try to limit your final selections to 5-10 different apartments. Any more, and they may start to all blend in together.

When visiting the apartments, don’t just look through them without careful assessment. Take photos of the inside and outside so you’ll better remember them. Use the provided handouts to make notes for yourself to reference later. Don’t feel pressured to decide right away.

Take time to choose the right apartment. The apartment that jumps out at you first may not be the right one once you’ve had some time to think it over. Make sure that you’re going to be happy with your choice before going back to pay your deposit and sign on the dotted line.

Read and fill out your application carefully, and find out if you’ll need a cosigner to get approved. Make sure that you have your deposit funds ready to go, and determine which day you’ll want to move in on.

By following these important tips, you’ll be well prepared to rent your first apartment. Take all of the important factors into consideration to choose the apartment that’s perfect for you.

The Rules of College Texting and Dating

It’s no surprise that college students love to text rather than make a phone call—it’s fast, convenient and not to mention it’s perfect for those who happen to be on the shyer side. But how you text and what you text can be pretty complicated when it comes to dating. The first thing you need to understand is that texting should be a supplement to communication—it should not replace it. With that said continue reading below to learn the proper rules of texting and dating.

The most important thing that needs to be learned is that by no circumstances should someone ask for a first date via text (or Facebook or Twitter for that matter). It’s impersonal and takes little effort to send a measly text. It’s understandable that it might appear easier to send a text (especially if you’re not the best at approaching the opposite sex), but also remember that it’s also easier for someone to reject you and send you an instant "no" via text as well. When you do the asking in person, it seems more sincere and you are less likely to be shot down.

But it is ok (and highly recommended) to send your date a short text if you are running late. It doesn’t matter if you are meeting your date for a cup of coffee on campus or you’re supposed to pick them up at their apartment, it’s only courteous to let them know if something is not going according to plan. On a similar note, if you are supposed to pick up your date, do not text them that you are outside. Please knock on their front door, or at least call. And do not text (your Facebook or Tweet) during your date. It’s rude.

But it is a good idea to send your date a text expressing what a good time you had. But do not ask for a follow up date via text. These sorts of matters should also be handled in person (or like stated before, at least over the phone). Naturally there will be times when you want to make sure that your date knows that you’re still alive. But instead of sending a simple "hey" (which research shows most people find to be annoying) make the text message relevant to the time you spent together. For example, you can say "I just heard a woman laugh like the waitress at the pizza parlor we went to but she had a Swedish accent." It’s light, somewhat funny and most importantly is a memento from the date.

Finally if after a few weeks and you are still unsure where the relationship is going, do not confess your feelings via text or demand that your date do so as well. On the same note, do not drunk text. And do not try to participate in arguments through text. Half the time most arguments (and breakups) develop because of miscommunication and the inability to hear someone’s tone. So a simple "we’ll talk about this when I see you" will probably save you from having to apologize or explaining yourself.