Having a roommate who’s alarm goes off at a different time than yours is one thing about college that I’m still getting used to. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my roommate‘s alarm wakes her up by blasting “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift at 7am. Meanwhile, I shake it off (pun intended) and do my best to fall back asleep until my alarm wakes me up a couple of hours later.
She’s really nice about being as quiet as possible in our room.
Unfortunately, the most difficult part about this comes when she opens our door. The hinges squeak. Loudly. The last two weeks we were able to handle it, but on Friday it startled me so much that I nearly fell out of my bed.
We didn’t have any WD-40 or anything else like that on hand, so I went looking for a better solution.
Now, I work as a media manager for a company that makes coconut oil, and I happened to have some of their coconut oil on hand. Lately I’d discovered that coconut oil can do practically everything. So I thought, before we go out and buy something to fix this, lets try with what we already have!
So I took a small amount of coconut oil in my hand…
And I put it on the front and back of the door hinge. Then proceeded to open and close the door a couple of times (made my roommate wipe off the excess coconut oil) and alas it worked!
So far it’s been a couple of days and the door has stayed squeaky-free! I did some research online afterwards (which I probably should have done beforehand..) and found testimonials from a lot of people saying that this method can rid doors of squeaks for months onto years.
I know this is a little silly, but since it’s a simple low cost life hack that I didn’t know about until trying it, I figured I should let you know that it works!
What are some of your favorite low cost hacks? Tell me below!
We call this the “Sunrise” style. Want to see a different style? View our version of the “grid” style here!
While gathering ideas for dorm room decorations my roommates and I came across a lot of ideas about designs that you can make using paint samples. Since our University does not allow us to paint the walls in our rooms (most schools don’t let you) we decided that this was a cute, simple, way to give temporary color and personality to our space.
Cool, right? We sure thought so. We planned to do something similar to this before we met in person, so one of my roommates and I went to Home Depot and grabbed tons of paint swatches. We didn’t have chance to coordinate as much as it would require to do so for those fancy designs, so we just did the best with what we had.
We put 4 small rolled up pieces of scotch tape on the back of each paint swatch, one on each corner of the swatch, to make sure it would stick to the wall. We started with red in the corner and tried our best to fade it out in a rainbow pattern, ending with light pink/purple at the top.
It took a lot of teamwork, coordination, and loud music… but here was our result!
We hope to collect more paint samples soon and begin the same pattern in the top left corner of the wall, so they meet and combine in the center creating a full rainbow going up and back.
How have you added some color and personality to your dorm room? Tell me below!