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Table of Contents
Editor’s Note...............................................................4 What do you think?.....................................................7 Shopping Deals...........................................................8 Organization..............................................................10 moving tips.................................................................12 Cooking.......................................................................14 quick recipes.............................................................15 Around me Map............................................................16 Decorating..................................................................18 DIY RESOUCRES.............................................................19

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Letter from the Editor
The transition period between moving out of your cramped, sterile dorm room to your very own place is an exciting time. You finally get to trade in that twin XL mattress for a space of your own. But with this newfound freedom, you’ll find you’re gaining more than your own bathroom. You’re also gaining responsibilities. My favorite part about moving out of the dorms was the ability to decorate my room without having to consider a roommates’ décor preferences. I didn’t have to worry about how my bed and desk were positioned. It may seem silly, but at first, the concept of such freedom was overwhelming. The thought of being able to hang any artwork I wanted drove me to countless stores. But after a few restless hours of having my father drag every piece of my furniture to every wall and corner of my room, I finally found the perfect way to organize my room. And the best part was I didn’t feel guilty if I forgot to make my bed before heading to class. I could monopolize the remote without having to compromise on my favorite shows. Although living off campus may sound like a dream come true, the transition period isn’t completely smooth. It didn’t take long for me to realize what I missed most about the dorms were the conveniences that came with student housing. I could no longer step outside and catch a bus to class from my doorstep. If I was hungry, I couldn’t take the elevator down to the dining hall to find an endless assortment of food awaiting me. Moving into your own space means out with the old and in with the new. This is the perfect time to embrace change and cleanse yourself of unnecessary clutter that may be weighing you down and keeping you from creating a positive, organized space. Don’t let the idea of your own space let you become a hoarder. As badly as I wanted to bring my entire wardrobe to Lawrence, space didn’t allow me such a luxury. One of the biggest lessons I learned was the importance of organization. Before becoming a self-proclaimed neat freak, I had to sit down and sift through my belongings. Separating the items I couldn’t live without from those I wouldn’t miss was difficult. However, it was a vital step in helping me live in a more organized and clutter-free environment. Not to mention I have fewer boxes to pack at the end of the school year. The bottom line is this — embrace your time in the dorms while you can, and prepare yourself for the transition period. Moving into your own off-campus housing is more than throwing all your belongings in boxes and loading them into your trunk. Laken Rapier Special Sections Editor

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Letter from the Editor
Moving into an apartment for the first time can be liberating. You no longer have to share a single small dorm room with someone else and you don’t have to deal with co-ed showers. Moving out of a dorm and into an apartment might seem like a fantastic endeavor, but not all apartments are created equal. Having your own room and bathroom might be positive items to note, but pay attention to the size of your apartment. If you are thinking about moving into a small apartment, or you are currently living in one, be conscious of space. Some apartments are so small the living room and the kitchen are one room. Keep this in mind when purchasing furniture. Don’t buy a large dining room table to place in a tiny kitchen. You’ll never have space to walk around. If your kitchen has a high breakfast bar, opt for bar stools instead of buying a table at all. This also applies to buying a couch or chair for your living room. Measure the size of your room before buying furniture; that way you don’t have a mega couch for a small-scale room. Less is more in this scenario. Just because your new rental is small doesn’t mean it can’t look great. Utilize the wall space in the apartment. Searching for wall art like paintings, metal signs and University posters can give your pad a personal feel. Building shelves or a bookcase can get a lot of items out of the way. In smaller apartments storage can be limited. In tiny kitchens there might only be one or two drawers and limited cabinet space. Purchasing extra shelving or bins to keep things neatly out of the way can be helpful. If you have too much stuff and have no place to put it, rent a storage unit to store your stuff during the year. This will keep your stuff safe and out of the way. No matter how big or small your new place is, make it comfortable for you. Buy items that make it feel like a home instead of just another apartment. Good luck with settling into your new home.

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When it comes to buying items for your apartment, where is your favorite place to shop in Lawrence?
“Definitely Urban Outfitters. I’ve bought bedding and rugs from there before. They also have cute shelves, frames and other accessories.”
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“Bed, Bath and Beyond would probably be my first pick. You can find almost anything there.”

Brody Willard, sophomore,



Shelby Tillery, sophomore, Ottawa

“Usually Goodwill or Salvation Army. I find that I can get more unique items and I can also score high quality stuff at dirt cheap prices.”

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customizing your space on a budget
Kelsey barrett A dorm, apartment, or house serves as a home-away-from-home for college students. Adding some simple, stylish pieces can bring life into a space to make it feel more inviting. Customizing on a budget doesn’t need to be difficult, but in order to stay within that budget, it is important to source multiple stores. Target carries a line of furniture by the name of Room Essentials. It offers many basic items to accompany dorm life that also work for apartment living. They offer items for all different areas including kitchen space, bedroom, study area and bathroom. Most of the items in this line are reasonably priced, but there are a few items that seem to cost a bit too much. For example, they offer shower curtains for as low as $10 and fleece blankets at $14. Room Essentials is also a good resource for finding sets of things, like a 12-piece dish set for $22 or kitchen utensil bundles for less than $8. A general search for Room Essentials on Target’s website will lead to all available products but then allows filtering by category, price, guest rating, colors and if the item is also available in store. Walmart is similar to Target in that it offers items created specifically for college living. Currently they have a “dorm in a box value bundle” for $85 that includes one “bed in a bag” set, one wheeled storage truck, one 4-piece bath towel set and one 2-pack of microfiber pillows. There is the option to pick from different colors and patterns. Lowe’s is usually associated with home improvement, and not a place where people buy decorative items for their apartment. They do offer supplies for projects and expertise, but they also carry some products that would be good for storage and organization as well as decor. They carry a hanging shoe organizer that can save space by storing 16 pairs of shoes on the back of a door for $10. Accent pillows are another fair-priced item that is a surprising offer. There is a range of prices and styles available but some pillows on sale are as low as $2.49 in addition to a dozen under $10. Amazon is always a good resource to save some money because it offers new and used items. The site offers a large number of in-depth reviews on almost all of its products. When searching through the home decor section, it offers a feature to filter either by item type or a general color category. The color feature would be useful for carrying out a color scheme. Also many items qualify for “super saver shipping” which can save some additional bucks. Again, this is a site that carries a wide variety of items but one particular deal is a 6-piece towel set

Bed Bath & Beyond is a good store to stock up on everything to furnish your apartment.

Ashleigh lee/Kansan

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offered in six colors for $20. Bed Bath & Beyond provides a useful website for online shopping. They provide shopping guides that include how to choose a product, use and care of a product, and common questions. This store carries a lot of practical items for the home, but some more unpractical ones as well, like the “As Seen on TV” section, so it is important to narrow the search. One thing that can add some personality to a space is a rug. It adds some color besides the standard apartment carpet. Bed Bath & Beyond sells a variety of rugs and some at a good price, but it takes some searching. They have animal print rugs, patterned or solid, or ones that serve indoor and outdoor functions. Michael’s is an arts and crafts store that is good for inspiration. It offers classes to aid in projects and online tutorial videos. This store is good for creating decorative pieces such as a centerpiece for the kitchen table or a wreath for the front door to welcome visitors. A good thing about Michael’s is that they usually offer a sale. If a certain item isn’t on sale, it is always easy to find 20 percent off coupons. It is an option for working within a budget while still allowing creativity. World Market is good for decorative inspiration providing a link to its Pinterest page for even more visuals. When shopping at World Market, selectivity is the key for staying within a budget. Most items are pricey, such as patio furniture, so it takes a bit of searching to find deals. One score from World Market is the stationary products. Adding accents to a desk brightens up a study space and makes it more inviting, which can help with motivation. — Edited by Tyler Conover

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Organization can be practical and fun
Hannah pierangelo “A place for everything and everything in its place” is the common mantra everyone has heard when it comes to organizing. However, being organized is a lifestyle and a habit that takes time and effort to form. It may seem overwhelming to look at a mess and organize it, so it is best to start with one small area, keep it organized and branch out slowly. Once a habit has formed, being organized is a breeze and your new home will certainly look it. It’s easiest to start an organization system before bad habits have time to manifest, so here are a few simple tips to get started and stay organized in a new place. Obviously, the goal of organization is functionality. Every room in the house or apartment has a specific daily use, and staying organized is essential to a simple lifestyle. The best tip is simply to store things where you use them. Keeping regularly used items in reach and in sight is one of the best ways to be functional. Storing something useful away or in an inconvenient location will become more of a hassle than keeping it on hand. One tip that is particularly effective is stacking. Stacking things on a shelf can almost be considered an art. For an open display such as bookshelves, materials can be stacked in a way that is casual, functional and appealing. Try combining different items in an area on a shelf like horizontally stacked books topped with a decorative ceramic or a vase of fake flowers. Small bowls can act as storage containers and double as bookends, too. The combination of textures keeps the display stylish while maintaining effective storage space. Drawers can be the most difficult things to declutter sometimes. It is common for the random scraps of paper, half-used rolls of tape, broken pens and other small miscellaneous items to end up crammed in a drawer. Even worse, there is probably a drawer like this in every room. However, there is an easy fix. Compartmentalizing drawers will keep small things in their place and easy to find. The first step to organizing a drawer is getting rid of the unneeded clutter. After that it is easier than you think. Acquire some colorful bins or glue pieces of cardboard together to create a custom drawer organizer to keep all the little things in life organized. Upcycling is a new trend for repurposing old possessions and giving them new life. One clever way of upcycling is using old shoeboxes and cardboard copy paper bins as simple storage. By dressing them up with a fast and easy coat of spray paint or decorative paper, cardboard becomes the perfect way to organize a closet or a drawer without looking haphazard. As a bonus, the cardboard you use is immediately recycled instead of ending up in the trashcan. Visibility is key for everyday items. Displaying your things makes for an easy visual focal point

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Crates are a cheap and easy way that students can organize their rooms.

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but also retains functionality as everyday materials are easily in reach. It is nice to have everything where you can see, but it also doubles as a reminder to put things back. It becomes obvious when something is missing. In pantries and bathrooms, clear and visible containers means you can figure when it is time to restock as well. Narrow shelving provides easy, visible storage in pantries, closets, bedrooms and bathrooms. In a pantry, try using clear containers or jars for raw ingredients. Save space in the bathroom by displaying bottles, jars and cosmetics on a shelf for ease of use. One tip for girls: store makeup brushes upright in clear bins with beads to dress up the display. In general, this tip works with pens and pencils, scissors and cooking utensils as well. In any living situation, space is almost always an issue. In order to keep counters clear, bookshelves classy and closets clean, try using the walls. Wall shelving is the first thing that may come to mind, but calendars, tack boards, hooks and cubbies are great for increasing storage on the wall. Closets tend to be another region of clutter and chaos. To keep your closet from being the household black hole, use bins. Bins are good for floor storage, which provide a solid surface for folded clothes or shoes, as well as overhead storage on upper shelving. Keeping out-of-use items out of the way is important. What is not in regular use should be packed away. Winter clothing, spare dishes and the shoes you only wear on nice occasions can all be stored in bins under beds and in closets. Organizing by season is another good way to clear out some clothes and shoes that are not in immediate use and can easily be stored away in bins. One should also keep in mind stacked shelving. Short, stacked shelves are great for storing small bins, which can store socks or tank tops, as well as shoes and folded clothing. For some, organizing comes easy. But for others, it is difficult to keep things in their place and combined with similar items. Here, color-coding is a valuable tip. Anything can be color-coded, from the calendar to the closet. Homework, mail, bills and manuals are especially good for filing by color. Organizing things with color is great for visual thinkers, and also allows an excuse to colorize your life in another way. Papers do not have to stay white and boring if you file with color. An organized area does not have to be dull. In fact, creativity is encouraged when organizing a space because you have the opportunity to make the space your own. Organization is a convergence of both style and functionality that you interact with on a daily basis, and it should always reflect you. Make your home your own with the style and décor you love. — Edited by Tyler Conover

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four steps to Making your move easier
laken rapier Summer is quickly approaching and before you know it will be time to move out of your dorm room or apartment. Don’t make the mistake of waiting to the last hour to start packing. Getting a head start on packing affords you the opportunity to get organized and can make unpacking easier.

Step one: Purge This is the perfect time to go through all of your belongings and evaluate their usefulness. Here is a hint — if you didn’t use it at your current residence, you probably won’t use it at your next. Trash it. Step two: Prioritize When you start packing, there are plenty of items you can box up that you will not miss. Items such as picture frames, books, movies, memorabilia and other knickknacks are perfect examples of things you can pack first. Set a daily goal for a number of boxes you would like to pack. Make sure to keep boxes light enough to move.


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Step three: Label The key to staying organized is as simple as picking up a marker. Mark each box indicating the contents and where the box belongs in your new space. To take your organization to the next level, create a color-coding system. Assign each space a color and label the boxes that belong to that space with the appropriate color. Another hint: Label each side of the box, not just one.

Step four: Final touches Dedicate a box to the essentials. This should include the items you cannot live without after a long day of moving, like bedding and personal items. Don’t forget your toothbrush!

— Edited by Madison Schultz Ashleigh lee/Kansan

Moving out can be chaotic. Being organized will make the moving process smoother. Having a packing system will benefit you when unpacking your things.

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Apartments offer more dining variety
nikki bisht Food it is an essential for everyone. Students living in residence halls often eat differently than students who live off campus. Students living in residence halls have limited appliances. Typical meals might be from a dining hall, eating out at restaurants or preparing dorm-room meals like Kraft Easy Mac, Ramen Noodles, or snack foods. Sara Gentry, a sophomore from Shawnee, lived in a residence hall last year, and found herself spending money at restaurants because of the lack of appliances to make her own meals. “When I lived in the dorms, I ate out a lot,” Gentry said. “Mrs. E’s was hard to eat at for every meal and only having a mini fridge and a microwave in the dorms made it hard to keep food on hand to actually cook and eat.” Daneille St. Amand, a junior from St. Louis, had more obstacles to deal with than just a lack of appliances, but she bought what she could keep in her mini-fridge and ate at dining halls. “I didn’t eat out too much because I didn’t have a car to drive around anywhere,” St. Amand said. “Most of my meals came from The Underground, Mrs. E’s and the Studio because I could use my Beak ‘em Bucks there.” Since there are many difficulties that go into cooking in residence halls, some students invest in snack foods. Gentry and St. Amand are among those students, as they both buy granola bars, yogurt, cheeses, milk and microwavable foods. Once students live in apartments or houses, they have the opportunity to cook better meals and buy different foods. “I live with my sister and sometimes she’ll cook dinner or I will. We usually cook every night, unless I have a night class or work, then I just eat the leftovers from what she made,” Gentry said. “We usually just keep it small, with the main dinner and one side dish.” St. Amand found that living on her own also stops her from eating out. “I cook for myself every day,” St. Amand said. “I like to make a lot of tortillas and pasta. Those are my two main meals that I make daily.” Students typically enjoy having the ability to make/customize and buy whatever they want, rather than limited foods from dining halls. “You can buy bigger packages and not all the mini-microwavable food,” Gentry said. “ You get to choose what you want to eat and you can either spend a lot of time cooking dinner and making it delicious, or you can just throw something together really quick when you’re in a hurry. There’s a lot more freedom and you don’t have to feel guilty when you don’t use all of your expensive meal plans.”

— Edited by Dylan Lysen
Cooking at home can save a lot of money as opposed to eating out all the time.

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Students who live in the dorms usually have mini-fridges, but many of those fridges have a small freezer or no freezer at all. Most off-campus housing comes with a larger fridge that gives students more options for meals.

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Quick, easy-to-make recipes
Blender Owning a blender can make any meal easy and portable. Collect smoothie recipes for those busy mornings or those afternoons when a pick-me up after class is needed. Test out this simple Piña Colada smoothie recipe from Paula Deen’s website. Not a fan of pineapple? Try experimenting with other fruits and vegetables. Servings: 2 Prep Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk • 1 banana • 1/4 cup ice cubes • 2 teaspoons honey, optional • pineapple wedges, for garnish Directions: In a blender, combine the pineapple chunks, coconut milk, banana, ice and, if desired, honey. Puree until smooth. Pour into 2 large glasses. Garnish each serving with a pineapple wedge. George Foreman Grill It doesn’t have to be perfect weather outside to bust out the grill. Purchasing a George Foreman Grill will make the cooking process a lot easier and makes meat leaner. Preparing meats like beef and chicken becomes less of a hassle because the grill cooks it faster. This grill can also cook up vegetables. Grill asparagus to go along with some seasoned chicken or test out these Grilled Steak Skewers. They only take 5 minutes to cook. Servings:4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar • 3 Tbsp. oil • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar • 1 Tbsp. grated ginger root • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/4 tsp. pepper • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1 lb. top round beef steak • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms Directions: Combine all ingredients except steak in a zip-lock plastic bag. Slice steak into 1/2” thick slices. Add steak slices to bag, seal bag, and turn to coat. Place bag in bowl or pan, cover, and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Drain steak slices. Thread steak strips onto 6 skewers along with mushrooms and grill on George Foreman two sided grill for 3-5 minutes until desired doneness. Or, grill on outdoor grill for 7-12 minutes, turning often and brushing frequently with marinade, until steak is desired doneness and mushrooms are tender. Microwave Sure microwaves are great for zapping a frozen meal or leftovers, but cooking real meals in the microwave is possible. If there isn’t time to bake a sweet treat throwing together an easy mug cake is the way to go. There are only a few ingredients needed and it’s super cheap. Just grab a large coffee mug and get to it. This recipe will be done in no time. Servings: 1 Cook Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: • 4 tablespoons flour • 4 tablespoons sugar • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa • 2 tablespoons whisked egg • 3 tablespoons milk • 3 tablespoons oil • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips • splash vanilla or other flavoring - try peppermint or cinnamon Directions: Combine all ingredients into a mug. Stir together ingredients. Microwave for 5 minutes.


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Now that you have your own place, it’s time to find what is near you. Most important — grocery stores, because you have to eat.
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make a house a home with decorating
Megan Lucas While some students get their apartment designing ideas from Pinterest, these four women take decorating a bit farther. Sophomore Jamie Wilt lives at the Legends Place Apartments with three other women. The apartment was furnished when they rented it, though they bought chairs and a bookshelf. They did not paint the apartment. “The majority of stuff in the main room my mom bought us,” Wilt said. “She is a crafter and made a lot of stuff.” The four girls previously lived on campus together, so their apartment is decorated with a lot of pictures, along with previous items. “We have a lot of University of Kansas related and basketball decorations,” Wilt said. “Our living area is red and blue with lots of pictures.” The women began with a KU theme and followed through with it. “Compared to everyone else, we didn’t do a lot of decorating,” Wilt said. “It all came together.” Senior Emily Boresow lives in a townhouse with one other girl. “It’s pretty fun,” Boresow said. “In the beginning we tried to make it cute.” Boresow found a large shower curtain to hang over a wall in their living room to decorate and make their townhouse unique. “Be creative, think outside the box,” Boresow advised. “Ask your family and friends for decorative items. I went to my mom’s basement and got things that she didn’t use.” Both senior Korbi Sigler and her roommate used to be design majors, so their apartment is very fun and different. “We combined what we had,” Sigler said. “We find unique pieces and bring them back and mix what we have with what we find.” In Sigler’s living room and kitchen, there are picture frames on the walls filled with smaller pictures. The picture frames are Sigler’s favorite part of the apartment. “It’s the idea of different picture frames that go together. Each can stand on their own and together as a piece of art,” Sigler said. Since Sigler and her roommate both have backgrounds in design, they have embraced the challenge of decorating. “Another one of my favorite things about our apartment are the pillows on the couches,” Sigler said. “No two are the same because we pick a new one up every couple of months, but they all go together. We love how they can mix and match and add pizzazz to the room.” Sigler recommends not buying already made things for apartments, but looking for cheaper and more unique items. “Think about how you can change it and put yourself in it,” Sigler said.

— Edited by Tyler Conover

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