There’s no two ways about it. Hostel life has got to be one of the most fun and exciting periods in your life. And if you’re attending one of the best schools in Indore while living in a hostel in the city, it’s even better.
Because you get to experience the best of education while enjoying your freedom in a city of delights. But at the same time, hostel life can be a little tricky to navigate. You’re living on your own for the first time, you have to manage your entire life in a tiny space and on top of that, there are a whole bunch of rules you have to stick to.
Well, don’t worry about it. Because with our tips, you’ll be able to handle living in a hostel like a pro. So, let’s look at some hostel life hacks that will definitely make living in Indore easier:
Save on space
The first rule about living in a hostel is that you’re going to be working with a smaller space than you’re used to at home. Which means it’s super important to maximise what you have.
Use handy techniques like rolling your clothes instead of folding them to double the capacity of your wardrobe or rely on stacked hangers instead.
At the same time, make sure you’re using the space below your bed and on top of your wardrobe to store your luggage and storage bins with all your off-season items.
And don’t be afraid to use the vertical space in your rooms either. A few command hooks will ensure that you’re able to use your walls and the back of your door super productively as well.
Iron it out
Most hostels won’t allow you to have an iron in your hostel room, but that doesn’t mean you have to survive in wrinkled clothes. There are a few hacks that can keep you well-dressed and neat at any time of the day or night.
The first one is when you have only a few wrinkles in your clothes that you want to smooth out. Carry the clothes with you on a hanger and hang it inside your shower stall in an area where it won’t get wet. Then proceed to shower as normal and let the steam iron out the wrinkles for you.
If you’ve got a more stubborn crease that you need to get rid of, a flat saucepan filled with hot water can also do the trick. Heat up some water in a saucepan and lay your clothes out so that they are flat. Then place the pan on top and “iron” out the creases. You might have to reheat the pan after a while if you’ve got a lot of fabric to iron.
And if you only want to straighten out a collar, a cuff, or a small part of your clothes, you can simply use your hair straightener for the task. No more wrinkled clothes for you!
Learn some simple recipes
Sure, your hostel will be serving you meals but there are going to be times when you’re just not in the mood for what’s served in the dining hall, or you slept through a meal, or of course, the midnight cravings hit.
At these times, don’t let your stomach grumble, feed it something quick, easy and tasty. Always have a few easy microwave recipes handy and keep some staples in your dorm room so it is easy to tackle your hunger pangs at any time.
Maggi is every hostel resident’s staple, but feel free to mix up the flavours of your noodles by adding extra ingredients like cheese, peanut butter or even an egg.
Mug cakes could ome in handy if you accidentally forgot your roommate’s birthday, and microwave popcorn and nachos will serve you well during your next movie night. So, go ahead and look up some easy recipes.
Be smart with your mattress
Your friends and roommates might change while you live in a hostel in Palasia, Indore, but one trusted companion that you’ll have during your hostel life is your mattress. So, you need to take good care of it.
After all, you’re probably going to spend the most amount of time in your hostel room in your bed. Make sure you flip your mattress regularly throughout the year (every three months is ideal). This will ensure that you’re not wearing out one side of the mattress too quickly and be a lot better for your spine too.
If you prefer a softer surface to sleep on, invest in a thick duvet cover that you can place over your mattress to sleep on, instead of throwing the whole thing out. If you take care of your mattress and keep it in tip-top condition, you’ll be able to make yourself a lot more comfortable and improve the quality of your sleep. Plus, your back will really thank you.
Beat the heat
If you’ve made a smart living decision and opted for a managed accommodation space like Stanza Living which will provide you with spacious air-conditioned rooms, you’re in a good place, but for many people, hostels can become unbearable in the heat.
Well, a few hacks can help you beat the Indore summers. Place a wet towel or sheet in front of a table fan to create some cool air in your room and bring the temperature down.
Or get some indoor plants in your room that will both add a touch of colour and make your room feel cooler.
And if you feel like the water in your bottle just isn’t staying cold enough, fill it halfway and leave it in the freezer overnight on its side. The ice will freeze, and you can fill up the rest of the bottle with regular water which will stay cool as the ice melts through the day.
And there you have it, folks. Five simple and easy life hacks that will take your hostel life in Indore to the next level. So, make sure that you try them out. With these, you’ll be able to have a lot more comfortable and efficient life in a hostel, with no extra hassle.