Kitchen set-up

There are three types of kitchens in the world. There’s the kitchen you grew up with in your family home, the non-existent kitchen when you live in a dorm, and the bare kitchen you try to stock when living alone for the first time.


You won’t realize the differences until you experience it for yourself.


Living at home, you hardly ever have to worry if something isn’t there. Your mother or father has had years to buy appliances, measuring cups, three different types of glasses, you name it.


You notice just how lucky you have it when you enter a dorm-room kitchen. AKA, the kitchenette that is used by 50 plus people and never gets cleaned. It’s questionable at best, so you find yourself eating anything you can make in the microwave as dinner. I can’t number the about of times microwave popcorn served as meals.


One year serves as a disablitating memory when you have a new apartment. There may be a stove and oven, but you can only remember the old ways of ramen and instant pasta.

Now with the extra space, you can have a few extra appliance perks. And the best part is, most are still out of convenience.

Tools to help make the best, quick meals

  1. Microwave. I just wanted to get this one out of the way. Keep it around, but don’t make it a clutch.
  2. Crock Pot. They are perfect for no-hassle cooking and cook a ton of food at once to make leftovers possible.
  3. Brita Filter. I drink a ton of water. To save money on water bottles, I purchase reusable ones and fill it with purified water. You can buy one that goes directly on your faucet, or a pitcher that can be kept in the refrigerator.
  4. Mini-grill. Most college apartments don’t offer lawn space, so a real grill is out of question. This can be kept in the kitchen, and offer okay results.
  5. Coffee maker. It can be an instant cup one such as I have, or a real coffee pot. Whichever, it will save you a lot of time and money.

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