9 Reasons to Love Living Alone During University

Everyone decides to live alone for many different reasons. You’ve either officially given up on roommates or trying to take control on this “adulting” thing. Living alone is a big step and definitely a commitment as you’re stuck alone for at least a year if you’re signing a lease. Not to worry! Here are some of the reasons why you will love living alone.

1) Cooking 24/7

Cooking in a house filled with roommates can be chaotic. Who knew all your roommates could be hungry at the exact same time as you? Cooking in an empty kitchen is so wonderful. You have all the available pots, pans and ingredients. There is also no passive aggressive arguments over washing your dishes 0.3 seconds after using them.

2) All The Storage Space

Living alone is so ideal when you own way too many things. All the storage space is yours! You can store away all those suitcases and endless textbooks properly without feeling like you’re taking up way too much space.

3) Living In Ice, Ice, Baby

Do you like your apartment so cold you could freeze? Well, now you can do that! There’s no one to argue with you about the temperature of the apartment. So turn that thermostat off and get yourself tons of blankets so you can be a life-size burrito!

4) Your Space, Your Rules

Because you’re living alone, there’s no need to be respectful of the shared living space. It’s your space, you can do whatever you please. If you like your home so clean you don’t know what dust is, by all means. If you prefer to live in a mess, you’re more than welcome to also.

5) Judgement Free Zone

One of the best things about living alone is the fact that no one can judge you. If you’re having a bad day, go ahead and eat two full boxes of Girl Guide cookies. There is no one around to judge your lifestyle and behaviours. There are absolutely no limitations. Live your best life!

6) No Distractions

This is such a positive to living alone! When you are swamped with school or work, you need the silence and the lack of distractions. Living alone gives you this because there is no one around you. If it is hard to appreciate this sometimes, just think of how your roommates were before one of your midterms. You’re lucky you’re living alone.

7) FREEDOM

You can do anything you want. Whenever. Wherever. You need to do laundry? Go ahead! Feel like taking a bath? Same, but you don’t have to wait for anyone to be done in the bathroom. You have the luxury of using everything in your home at your own convenience.

8) To Party, Or To Not Party?

Having guests over can be painful sometimes with roommates. Fortunately for you, having people over is something only you have to decide. You can have guests over all the time, or not at all because it is completely up to you. So if you want to throw a huge party, you can most definitely do that. If you would prefer to sit in front of your television all night, you most certainly can.

9) Independent Skills

It is true. Living alone can suck because you’re only relying on yourself. However, you’re learning so much about yourself by living alone! You learn about the ways you deal with problems, and the way you react to being alone. Not only you, but people around you will be impressed by your independence!

Living alone will definitely have its ups and downs, but you will end up loving it. It is a learning opportunity and a huge step that many people will take. Don’t let the fear of living alone scare you away, it’s an adventure, so get excited!

7 Holiday Decorations On A Student Budget

The holidays are the best time of the year. Besides the presents and the family bonding, decorations are what makes this holiday so wonderful. There’s mistletoe, Christmas trees and garlands all around your parents home. Unfortunately, you are stuck until the last possible day of exams and miss out on all the fun decorating. With these cute ideas, you will be able to decorate your dorm or apartment and still be just as poor as you were before!

1) Paper Snowflakes

While it is very much of an elementary school type of activity, you will end up smiling in the end. Use all the construction paper and printer paper left around your house and spend a day making snowflakes. Just like real life snowflakes, every single one is different so have fun with it. You can hang them from the ceiling or tape them to your window! It will definitely get you feeling the holiday spirit.

2) DIY Christmas Trees

The typical tall, green Christmas trees are so overrated. Why not create your own Christmas tree in your dorm? If you have a lot of leftover textbooks from the previous years just sitting on your shelf, use them to make a tree! Your tree doesn’t need to be big. It could be the smallest tree to fit the size of your room. Regardless of the size, you will feel a lot better having a DIY Christmas tree in your home.

3) Paper Garlands

Turn your dorm into a room that Buddy the Elf just entered! Similar to paper snowflakes, paper garlands will give you flashbacks to elementary school but you’ll be happy making garlands. All you need are strips of paper and a stapler to make these fun garlands for your dorm!

4) Popcorn Garlands

Going off of the paper garlands, popcorn garlands are also a fun way to decorate your dorm room! It is a very traditional way to decorate most homes without breaking the bank. If saving money isn’t enough for you, just think about how good your dorm or apartment will smell!

5) Christmas Lights!

The Dollar store will be your best friend during the holiday season! Many Dollar stores have on their shelves indoor fairy lights that you can hang around the house. Get creative with where you place them. You can have them lining your door or stringing along your headboard of your bed. Nothing says festive more than Christmas lights!

6) Makeshift Mistletoe

Mistletoe is always fun to have in the dorm. You can make mistletoe out of coloured paper and hang it anywhere in your room. I advise you to not place it by the door because you’ll end up kissing every single guest you have in your room!

7) Saving Stockings

Hanging up stockings are a tradition in many households. You can purchase very simple stockings from the Dollar store and decorate them yourself. You could turn this into a roommate activity and have a little fun with it! Remember, it really isn’t the decorations you put up, it is the memories you make creating them!

Spend a day pretending to be an elf and make all these decorations for your dorm room or student house. You will feel the holiday spirit while making them and it will definitely make your atmosphere more positive during final exams!

Holidays You Can Celebrate In The Month Of November

November can feel like it’s three months long especially when it feels like there is nothing to celebrate. With this month being in between Thanksgiving and the holidays, November can feel terribly slow with nothing to look forward to. Fortunately for you, we have found all the offbeat holidays that happen in this month. Here are a list month of many unusual holidays that will give you a reason to celebrate the month of November!

Entire Month Of November: Movember

Movember is less of a celebration or holiday and more of a movement that I’m sure you’ve heard of. Even though it is an event to raise awareness, you can celebrate the healthy men that are you are surrounded by! The Movember Foundation is a charity that raises money for not only men’s physical health but mental also. Their main focuses are prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health and suicide prevention. For more information on the movement visit Movember Canada.

November 13 – World Kindness Day

This holiday was founded by the World Kindness Movement and has been growing since 1998. This international holiday encourages everyone to go out of their ways to pay it forward. Today is a day to be kind to one another. While it is important to be kind to each other on this day, remember you should still be kind for the rest of the year!

November 15 – Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

You can let your roommate who has food molding in the fridge know that this is a holiday they’ll be partaking in! Spend the day finding all the leftovers you should have never left over.

November 18 – Use Less Stuff Day

This is great day for those of you who have been wanting to get rid of clothing or other things in your life but just haven’t had the chance. Use Less Stuff Day is a holiday to take the time to reflect on all the things you own and are grateful for. The things that you don’t necessarily need or use anymore you can donate to consignment stores or to shelter homes. You will feel good about your deed and they will be truly grateful. So spend the day cleaning out your closet and your cluttered desk in your dorm room!

November 19 – International Men’s Day

The word “men” itself may make you roll your eyes. Just remember that someone decided that they do deserve a day just for themselves! Every year, the theme of International Men’s Day changes. This year the focus on the holiday is health, mentally and physically. Check up on all the men in your life to let them know you appreciate them!

November 23 – National Day of Listening

National Day of Listening is a day that many have been celebrating for years. Every year StoryCorps, a non profit organization, recognizes people in the world who have taken the time out of their lives to listen to others. This year they are recognizing teachers for their ability to listen to those around them such as students and parents. Take the time of your day to tell someone you appreciate them for being able to listen to you on days when you need it.

7 Signs Your Roommate Is Your Best Friend

Roommates that are absolutely wonderful are hard to come by. I am grateful enough to have found a roommate that is quite literally my other half. My roommate is not someone I had known before we moved in. In fact, we barely knew each other before we moved in. I met him once and decided that he was going to be my roommate. It was the best decision I have ever made because my roommate has become one of my best friends and one of the better stories to my university experience. Here are seven signs that you also, have a roommate that is amazing.

 

1)  Free Therapy Service

Sometimes life gets tough. Exam season is coming, the boy you’re into won’t text you back and you have three dollars in your bank account. Thankfully, your roommate is stuck with you and has no choice but to listen to you complain.

 

2) They Feed You

Whether it is the leftover poutine from a night out or warm nachos, they will always offer you food. If you are as lucky as me, sometimes they will even go out of their way and make you food. Just like your grandma, they will make sure you are fully fed and happy knowing you would do the same for them in a heartbeat.

 

3) They Don’t Judge You For Your Quarter Life Crisis

A roommate will look past the fact that you haven’t washed your hair in about a week and won’t judge you for never wearing pants around the house. They won’t even judge the fact that you definitely do not have your life together. Instead, they’ll provide love, unconditional support and maybe kindly gift you some shampoo and conditioner.

 

4) My Closet + Their Closet = Our Closet

I may not have had the luxury of sharing cute dresses because my roommate was a male, but I still managed to get a pair of Minion pajama pants and a pretty sick Levi’s shirt. Your roommate will become a savior when it comes to clothes especially when we’re all too broke to buy anything new.

 

5) Separation Anxiety

With such busy class and work schedules, it is sometimes impossible to see your roommate. It is perfectly fine to miss them because you hate being apart even if it is only for about half an hour. When you both are not together, you end up texting, Snapchatting and tagging each other in memes to remind them that you’re thinking about them.

 

6) They’re Mr. Clean

Cleaning is usually the most common argument between roommates, however, your roommate likes the home just as clean as you do. They leave rooms semi presentable, they take out the trash, and they clean up after themselves. Bonus points if you don’t even need to ask them! This is all clear signs that you are truly blessed with a good roommate.

 

7) You Wouldn’t Want To Change Roommates

Your roommate may irritate you sometimes, but realistically, there is no one else who would deal with your nonsense. They’re the person you will share everything with while transitioning in and out of university and there is no one else you would rather share the experience with.

7 Decorating Ideas to Spice Up Your Dorm

With spring quickly approaching, the time has come to brighten up your dorm and start getting rid of all the unnecessary clutter you’ve gathered through winter. But by getting rid of stuff it’s also time to get creative and change things up a little. That’s where the Internet comes in.

  1. Change Your Bedding: o-URBAN-570You will be so surprised how much your sheets can change the way you feel about your room. And they don’t have to be pricey. Nowadays you can find a full set for about $40 if you look around.

Insider Tip: As long as you have Twin XL sheets, your comforter can be twin sized. Your pillow will take up the top of your bed, so you’ll never notice if the blanket doesn’t go all the way up.Wall-Brit-645x967

2. Washi Wallpaper: Dorms are infamous for their bland white walls and the sad fact that you can’t do anything about it. But we’ve come up with the perfect solution and, naturally, it involves washi tape! It’s time to pick a theme and get creative.

3. Add a Funny Pillow: One of the easiest ways to turScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.14.34 AMn your room around can be to add a pillow that speaks volumes. It could be a quote that makes you smile in the morning, or a totally inappropriate picture pillow that will definitely be a conversation starter. This Urban Outfitters snoop-inspired beauty can be purchased for $59.

4. Make it Personal: Dorms are a little boring if you don’t personalize them. It doesn’t have to be costly just has to be fun, cute and individual to what matters most to you. And what better way to do so than with memories. And what better way to recreate memories than with pictures. And if you’re getting too lazy to find, choose and print all those pictures hanging around in your hard drive, just get yourself some o-PINTEREST44-570inspiring poster from Ikea.

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5. Vertical Garden: This colorful garden will fit in the tiniest of rooms. Hang it as close as you can to the window and you’ll have some perky plants brightening up the dorm in no time. You can even plant your own seeds and watch the plants bloom into adulthood just like you are. AWWWWWWW.

6. Customize Curtains:Original_Michelle-Edgemont-PomPom-Curtains-Beauty5_v_lg Instead of spending your limited funds on curtains, dressOriginal_Michelle-Edgemont-Fabric-Pouf-Beauty1_v_lg up a pair you already have with colorful trim! You can buy rolls of pom pom and glitter trim from a craft store on the cheap, and create whatever color combos you please.

7. Add a DIY Fabric Pouf: You’re usually pretty limited when it comes to furniture options in a dorm room. One bed, one desk and your little space is full. That’s why this colorful pouf is the perfect accent because it doesn’t take up much space, visitors can sit on it and it can be used as an ottoman.

Don’t forget to follow us on IG and FB @DormBooker, for daily tips, tricks and overall cool stuff.

 

Leave Your Dorm Properly For The Holidays

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It’s not a secret that any student that lives on campus can’t stay in the residence halls during the winter break. It’s also no secret that residents must check out with their assigned Resident Assistant before they leave for the holidays. Before you lock your doors for the last time for 2015, here are some suggestions to make your checkout a lot faster and easier, for both you and
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Just like a student, RAs and faculty would like to leave & start their winter break as fast as possible, so preparing your room to avoid maintenance charges or documentation helps smooth out the process, especially if you’re trying to fly out of town.

The charges are not in place because the residence wants to make your time living on campus difficult. There are charges because we want to keep the residence halls in the best condition as possible so you can continue to live comfortably and keep it nice for the next person who moves in.

Therefore, if there’s a maintenance issue in your room, tell your RA or submit a maintenance request. This includes anything that is broken, damaged, or has stopped working in your room. If something is damaged and it has not been reported, then you will take responsibility for that damage. It’s not a good feeling to charge someone for something that they were not responsible for, so before you leave, make sure you look around your room and see if anything needs to be fixed.

Remember, your room is one of many to be checked by the RA before they head out for break too. Please do your best to be prepared for your check-out time so the process is efficient.

Please clean your room before you check out. Your parents will be proud and your RA will be grateful. You can be documented for a messy room if it is a perceived health and safety violation.

When thinking about checking out, a good rule of thumb is to plan your checkout time about an hour before you plan on leaving, again, especially if you’re trying to make it to the airport. This leaves enough time to clean up whatever might seem unsatisfactory or allow time to fill out any paperwork.

A common question that is asked around this time is “do I need to pack up my whole room before I leave?” You don’t have to, but be sure it’s nice and clean for when you come back.

Check and double check that you have everything because there’s a slim-to-none chance that you will be let back into the building before we come back from break. During break, you are not allowed to return to the building, so make sure you have everything with you.

Olympic Athletes Will Be Stuck In Hot Dorms For Rio Summer Games

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Rio de Janeiro will be a hot ticket next summer, but who knew the Summer Games would be this hot. The world’s best Olympic athletes will be sweltering in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to the Rio Olympics Organizing Committee announcing that the dormitory-style rooms in the Olympic Village will not be air-conditioned.

Rio Olympics spokesperson Mario Andrada, the de facto scapegoat for sharing bad news about these Summer Games, informed the Associated Press today about this decision. Due in part to a lagging Brazilian economy, the Rio Olympics $1.9 billion budget needed to be cut. Yanking air conditioners from the expense list will save an estimated $520 million. “We don’t think it’s going to be critical [to have air conditioning] there,” said Andrada.

Although the 2016 Summer Olympics will be contested during Brazil’s winter, the typical temperature in August ranges from 18 – 28 degrees Celsius. After brutal days competing against world class athletes in the bright sun or even indoors, the least concern these 10,500 athletes should have is about getting much needed rest in a comfortable, cool room.

Regardless of an athlete’s status as a rising amateur or as an experienced professional, all are subject to these conditions – unless their National Organizing Committee foots the bill to have air conditioning installed. Countries like the United States and other sports powerhouses will likely dig deep into their pockets to fund this necessity. Still other federations may be unable to foot the bill. If true, the “playing field” will not be levelled.

Ensuring the athletes’ comfort, so that they can compete at their best, is job one for any Olympics organizer. To see cutbacks to this typically “untouchable” budget line item, sparks much worry about what lies ahead.

Tips To Help You Do Your Laundry In A Dorm

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Living the college dorm life is not easy.  However, doing laundry in a dorm takes it to a whole new level of hardship and annoyance.  Here are some tips to help you get your laundry done without too much of a hassle.

BRING ENOUGH CHANGE

While some washers/dryers will be free, most will not be. Some dorms have a payment system where you can actually use your room key or a laundry card, others have coin-operated machines. No matter what type of payment the machines require, be sure that you have it.

Before you go to do your laundry, make sure you have enough change/money on your card to do so. There’s nothing more annoying than someone asking you for spare change, or waiting around to steal someone’s machines.

KEEP TRACK OF TIME

Probably the biggest laundry faux-pas you can make is leaving your clothes in the washer/dryer long after they’re done.  Not only do you have to make sure you have enough time allotted BEFORE starting your laundry, but you also have to make sure that you keep track of how long your clothes have been in the machines.

There are other residents that need to do laundry too, and if you’re holding up a machine because you didn’t get your clothes out in time, you’re going to frustrate a lot of people.

DON’T BE IMPATIENT

I can’t stress enough how important this one is.  More often than not, clothes are left sitting in a washer/dryer — done, but their owner hasn’t removed them yet.  As tempting as it may be, do not remove them.

It’s simple enough really: you wouldn’t want anyone touching your clothes, so don’t do it to others. Maybe someone has items that can’t go into the dryer that you’ll ruin by doing so, or maybe you’ll leave before they get back so they don’t know where their clothes went.

If there aren’t any available machines and someone’s clothes are done, but no one’s claiming them, it doesn’t matter. You’ll have to wait for the next available machine, and hope that the owner comes in quickly.

DON’T BE OBNOXIOUS

When you’re doing laundry at home, it’s perfectly fine to separate your clothes into several loads, taking over the machine for the day because other family members don’t need it.

This is not okay when you’re using a communal washer/dryer.

There’s always going to be another person that needs to do laundry, so using up a machine all day long because you’re washing clothes individually isn’t acceptable.

So group clothes together where you can (mix darks and whites if possible, or combine clothes and towels/sheets) to save yourself time and to save some machines for others that may need them.

If you find that you need to do multiple loads, spread them out during the week. It’s much better than monopolizing one machine all day long, as you never know what times the laundry room is going to be busy.

BE CONSIDERATE

Whenever possible, be considerate of others. Bring your own money, soap and dryer sheets, change loads when the machine is done, and don’t spend more time than needed at any given machine. Basically, follow the rules and you’ll be fine.

Doing laundry in dorms/apartment buildings can be a real hassle, and many people aren’t aware of the basic laundry room etiquette that everyone should know.

But now that you do, follow the rules and be considerate of others, and also help those that may not know. It just might save you some time some day.

10 memes that perfectly sum up student life


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1. FRESHMEN
Who couldn’t relate to it? Freshmen year, the excitement. Come on, we’ve all been there. Regardless of whether you’re residing on your own, with a roommate or in a dormitory – student life starts now!

 

 

 

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2. DORM LIFE
Making friends with all kinds of people is only one out of many perks of living in a dorm. Things noone will tell you about are the real benefits you gain, such as maximizing your creativity level when it comes to.. well, everything. Turning the floor into an ironing board, because space is a question of priorities or the dilemma of having used all of your socks and remain with none left to wear to go to the lavatory and wash your other socks. After all, you didn’t choose the dorm life, it chose you. Might as well make the best of it.


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3. ROOMMATES

See, you know nothing about student life, if you haven’t had pasta three times a day, for seven days in row. Now, while this might sound odd to some, to others it’s known as “the end of the month”. Who would you rather share your meals with than with your lovely roommate? Provided that they haven’t stolen them in the first place.

 


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4. DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS
“Livin’ la vida broka”? Well, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Throughout your studies, you encounter many different types of students: The discussion-dominating know-it-alls, the unprepared last-minuters, the inattentive stoners, the disrespectful rebels and not to forget, the group of girls showing up to class 10 minutes late, but – of course – with a decaf skinny latte in their right hand. International exchange students, as well, never fail to disappoint. Who doesn’t know that one guy who came to the country with perfect English skills, but answers “Me no English” when pulled over by a cop?


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5. GROUP PROJECTS
As simple as that: Forget everything they have taught you before. In university, group work basically means that one person does all the work and the rest take a share of the credit.

 

 

 


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Sigh. Lecturers. Incidentally, I would also like to give a shout out to the poor student who gets stuck on the front row and who has to spend a tense hour with the lecturer periodically staring right into his soul.

 

 

 

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7. PROCRASTINATION
The action of delaying or postponing something and the first thing to avoid: Procrastination. You’ve had more than 8 hours of sleep, but are still tired? You’ve walked all the way to the library only to go on Facebook and listen to music for 5 hours? Your reaction to the amount of your undone homework is “What movie should I watch?”. You decide it’s the perfect time to do a spring clean – in winter? If you find yourself in at least one these scenarios, then, my dear friend, you are procrastinating!


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8. FINALS
University will make you do the weirdest things like setting your alarm for a 13 minutes nap. But honestly, alongside energy drinks or other caffeine cravings, it’s the power naps that really get you through running the gauntlet, that is finals week.


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9. EFFECTIVENESS
In other words, the degree to which something is successful in producing a desired result, like that rare and overwhelming feeling of achievement when reaching the word count before the conclusion. Work smart, not hard. However, the line between a student’s brilliant effectiveness and expert laziness can be thin.

 


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10. GRADUATION
You’ve reached the finish line. Made it. With graduation comes great wisdom, for example the moment you realize, you went to university to get a job to pay for university. Student life ends here, real life starts now. Oh, and there comes the next person asking what you will be doing after graduation 😉

6 simple, yet affordable DIY winter decorating ideas for your student dorm

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As hard as the life of a student might appear at times, your decoration for the winter season does not necessarily have to look like this. Here are some time and cost saving, yet pretty alternatives to channel your inner do-it-yourselfer.

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1. Vases filled with salt

As simple as that: fill a glass, bowl or vase (or whatever you come across while trawling your dorm room) with salt and add some branches or baubles to it. If you like to get even more creative, you can also color the salt with chalk beforehand. The vases will look great on shelves or nightstands.

 

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2. Glitter Mason Jars

Glam up your windowsill with flashy mason jars. Generously cover them with glue before dipping them in glitter (available at any dollar store) and let the jars dry for a couple of hours, at least. Finally, light up some tea lights and put them inside of the jars. Same works for old cloth or magazine paper.

 

 

 

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3. Fairy Lights
Make your room the coziest place in the entire dorm by simply adding perfect lighting. Tinker tiny lampshades out of see-through cloth or old table tennis balls, wind them around a string of light and put it on the wall over your bed. You will never want to leave this place again.

 

 

 

 

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4. Paper Snowflakes

Yes, this will remind you of kinder garden, however everything you need in order to turn your dorm window into winter wonderland is already part of a student’s basic equipment: Paper, scissors and adhesive tape. Crafting paper snowflakes is definitely the cheapest, quickest and pottiest way to adorn your student dorm.

 

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5. Cinnamon Stick Candles

Why bother buying scented candles, when you can easily make your own? And not only do they smell good, cinnamon stick candles also add warmth and a cozy charm to your tiny space.

 

 

 

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6. Wine Glass Candles

The ultimate décor for the clumsy and uninspired: wine glass candles. Arranging these will take you the least effort, but will still look pleasingly subtle. Any glass will do, although a wine glass does have its romantic flavour. What really counts here is what you put inside the glass. In case of doubt, fill them with chocolate or other snacks that get you through long study nights.