After taking a little break from blogging this summer, I’m back for a new season with some new life adventures to share with you. Hope you kept yourself well and happy despite lockdown restrictions.
Our daughter is about to take the next step on her path in life and begin her quasi-independent life as a university student. She is among the hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the UK who belong to the “class of Covid-19” whose performance was ultimately based on “center-assessed grades” rather than a combination of teacher insights and a controversial algorithm. I’m a little relieved and pleased that she was able to secure a place and is now preparing to move into her dormitory next weekend.
Get the essentials
It was interesting to watch my daughter’s group of friends planning what they will take to their respective facilities. Inevitably, they want their university room to have a cozy touch and the essentials. Last weekend we were both in one of the UK’s top ten shopping destinations, Milton Keynes (famous for its roundabouts!) When we were tackling a fairly long wish list.
We only visited 3 stores and that was enough for me: Home bargains (Bargain!); Primark (for his home area); and well old Marks & Spencer. To forget IKEA If you’re thinking of heading out, the queues meandered through the parking lot – a resounding no for me.
Kitchen in a box?
Of course, retailers know they can offer handy packages, like Wilko’s Kitchen in a Box, but here’s what I think about these types of offers: You probably don’t need them. It’s better to remember that you don’t need as much as you think you do (we never do), and what you really need is probably already available at home.
Shop from home
After some indulgent shopping, it is now time for our girl to shop from home. That said, what we didn’t buy on our trip is likely to be available here in closets, drawers, and shelves here at home. Despite my minimalist tendencies, we still have more than enough cutlery, dishes, towels, and other items that a student may need. Why should you buy new products when you can use a communal kitchen and – apart from your own room – get your first impression of living together? Better I suggest taking old stuff that you are not too valuable about. So if it runs around or breaks, it really doesn’t matter. In just a few days I invited Miss Gordon to take whatever she wanted. That may sound like an extravagant gesture, but it really isn’t.
Notice The minimalists Mantra: If you can buy something for $ 20 or less – and get it within 20 miles of where you live – don’t worry. This is related, of course, to debugging seldom used items: if you accidentally debug something that you need later, letting go of it isn’t really a problem knowing that replacing it is ultimately inexpensive and easy to do.
Same goes for household items for aspiring students – what if she picks up the corkscrew or our favorite kitchen knife? It really doesn’t matter when we are within walking distance of shops that can deliver replacements for less than £ 20 and within a 20 minute walk.
Lockdown has certainly taught me that we really need far less than we ever thought. Also, our local community got active by sharing things the neighbors needed instead of shopping. Our little street has a little Whatsapp Group now that we didn’t have before the lockdown. If someone needs something (or has something to offer), this group gets their money’s worth. We also benefited from the friendliness of the residents of our township Facebook Group helps and shares in ways we haven’t done before. May this be a long time.
So, if you have a student about to leave home for the first time (or if you are For this person) I would highly recommend the “shop from home” approach even before going to the mall. It’s a more sustainable way to approach your freshman semester at university, and it is easy on your wallet too.
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