2 Things You Should Do Before You Go Home For Winter Break

Finals are almost over and we all know what that means…FREEDOM!!!! But before you jump the gun and race home, there are a few things you should do to make sure that when you return to school, you are stress free and all of your possessions are present and accounted for.

1. Lock Your Doors and Windows

Break time is the absolute best time for burglars to emerge; unsuspecting college students that are all brain dead from having studied for the past two weeks and usually aren’t paying attention are typically the next victims. Sure, what are the chances of it actually happening to you? I was one of those people that said “it could never happen to me” too…then it did.

All of my roommates were gone and I was alone in my apartment studying. We typically leave the front door unlocked when there’s someone home. I heard someone walking around in the apartment and thinking it was one of my roommates that had just forgotten something I called out to her. Instead of a response I heard running across the floor, out the door and down the stairs.

I crept out slowly not wanting to just rush out guns blazing and get shanked by a brazen burglar. Low and behold the front door was wide open. I grabbed an empty vase off the counter and looked outside, then shut and locked the door. I bravely kicked through all of the doors to the rooms in my apartment; I even dramatically swept the shower curtains aside to see if there was anyone hiding in the tub then I gave up being Sherlock Holmes and just reported it to my apartment’s management. When my roommates returned home we agreed that the door would remain locked anytime it was shut. Lucky for us nothing was taken.

Apparently break-ins are pretty common during the Holiday season, especially in college towns. There are usually a surplus of reported burglaries during this time of year, but what’s crazy is that the majority of them are unforced, meaning these burglars are coming in through unlocked doors and windows.

The easiest solution to this is to lock your door every time it’s closed and lock your windows real well when you aren’t home. The one thing worse than someone breaking in when you aren’t home, is someone breaking in when you are home! Your possessions can be replaced, YOU can’t.

2. Purge the Fridge

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Before you leave, clean out your refrigerator and kitchen of all perishable items. I’m speaking from experience because last year I left out a bag of potatoes and I came back to a gnarly looking bush sitting on my counter. If you need an idea as to what consists of a perishable item here’s a little list:

  • Anything Alive – This means fruits and vegetables, there is such a thing as too ripe
  • Anything Dead – Sorry if that’s a little gruesome, but if you have lunch meat or eggs in the fridge, they aren’t going to last so shove the meat in the freezer and make yourself an omelet before you leave
  • Dairy – Milk, yogurt, cheese…that won’t stay either! Mold is gross…the end.
  • Bread – Your bread will mold too if you leave it out, so just stick it in the freezer and it will be fine when you get back.

What’s more important about purging your refrigerator and kitchen is that if you do it before you leave, then you won’t have to worry about going through it all when you get back and throwing away nasty food. Also, if you have roommates, this is something you should all do together; that way no one can complain when you all get back about who left what in the fridge.

If you do have room mates, or even if you don’t, since you’re already cleaning out your kitchen, you might as well take it a step further and just clean your whole apartment/dorm room. Just think about how welcoming your little place is going to feel when you come back and it’s clean. One less thing to worry about!

Be Responsible

In an effort to keep yourself healthy, safe, and stress free, take these two steps to guarantee that nothing goes wrong during your break or upon your arrival back to school. It’s so simple. Lock up and purge.

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Bryanna Maty

Bryanna Maty

Bryanna Maty is a Senior at the University of California, Davis. After graduating in June she hopes to find or invent a career that will utilize her love for writing, spending money and making people laugh. In her spare time you can find her crafting things off of Pinterest, swimming, line-dancing or watching re-runs of “Friends.”