DIY life hacks every student should know

University is the time to become a fully-functioning, put-together adult who graduates into a full-time job and can juggle fiscal and familial responsibilities. However, uni is also the time to eat your own body weight in Dominos, test your alcohol limit and make questionable life decisions. Here’s a list of basic DIY life hacks every student should know:

For Storage

Before you throw that Red Bull away, snap off the ring pull and attach it to the bottom of the metal hook on your clothes hanger. You can now attach another hanger! Hang shirts to your heart’s delight. Rolling clothes saves more room than folding them. I’m not sure why it just does.

As silly as this may sound, taking photos of what’s inside your storage boxes/drawers will massively help you find that obscure notepad from 6 months ago. Either keep the photos together and label them or stick them to the side of the actual boxes, either way, you’ll save time in the long run.

Lastly, don’t pretend you haven’t ordered Chinese at least once or twice. While the boxes may seem in the way, you’ll need them when you move out or when your housemate accidentally cooks enough spaghetti Bolognese to feed a small army.

For Studying

Before you buy all the books for your course, have a browse on your uni/course social media and ask if anyone has any old copies they’re wanting rid of. Chances are there’ll be students moving back home who want less to carry.

Amazon and Spotify both offer student account deals which allow you to save 50% on their subscription services in exchange for unlimited music and free next day delivery.

When it comes to writing assignments, you’ll be pining for that one sentence your tutor said in your first lecture. Record each session (ask for permission) and listen to it back, at double speed if you’re in a rush. Remember that Times New Roman is the easiest and fastest font to read. Again, I’m not sure why, but it is. If you’re trying to cram notes, change it all to New Roman and save yourself some eye strain.

For your deposit

You got overexcited while drawing cat whiskers on your mate’s face with a sharpie, it happens. Use hand sanitizer to get it out of your clothes, toothpaste on walls, rubbing alcohol on wood and white vinegar on the carpet. Your landlord never needs to know.

To clean your grotty showerhead, tie a sandwich bag of white vinegar around it and leave overnight. Hopefully, most of the limescale residue will be gone (although remember to remind whoever showers in the morning).

Taking photos is the first thing you should do when you move in – photographic evidence of every single scratch or scuff on everything in the house will come in handy when you’re trying to get that full deposit back. Send a copy to the landlord and keep one for yourself, you won’t regret it.

For tough sofa stains, sprinkle baking soda on the fabric to remove any lingering smells and break up stains. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then vacuum it up with the brush attachment. Bang and the dirt is gone.

For snacking

This one’s a lifesaver for people who love pizza the morning after. Pizza dehydrates overnight, so when you reheat it, add a small cup of water next to the plate. The pizza will come out almost as good as it was the night before.

For a population who lives primarily off pasta, students don’t really seem to be able to stop pans bubbling over. If you put a wooden spoon over the top of your pan, the bubbles won’t have a chance to expand, and the boiling water dies down.

If you and your housemate both need to microwave soup right this very moment, then simply put one bowl on top of an upturned mug and the other in as normal. Unless your housemate has abnormally large bowls, they should both be able to fit at once.

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