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6 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

It's cold (and at the moment I am typing this, it is snowing). Like, the other week we had temperatures in the -40 degrees cold. Like, even four layers and a blanket didn't stop me from shivering cold. 

That's a bit of an exaggeration (but not really), but while freezing, I came up with a few excellent ways to stay warm throughout this winter in your dorm ... besides just getting close and snuggling with some hot chocolate, which is always a winner in my book. 

 1. Dessert in a Coffee Mug 

Can it get any easier than to throw some ingredients in a coffee mug, zap it in a microwave and enjoy? I didn't think so. Feast on this, or any of the other delectable 30 Desserts You Can Make in a Mug here. 

Can it get any easier than to throw some ingredients in a coffee mug, zap it in a microwave and enjoy? I didn't think so. Feast on this, or any of the other delectable 30 Desserts You Can Make in a Mug here

2. Warm Up Your Bed (With Rice!) 

There's literally nothing better than crawling into a warm bed after a cold trek through the snow for lecture. But sometimes, blankets just don't cut it. 

Here, all you're going to need is a bag of rice (or beans) and a microwave. Warm the bag up in the microwave, then stick it in between the sheets for a bit before crawling into bed to get warm quickly. 

3. Switch it up! 

If you have furniture directly in front of the heating vents, the warm air won't circulate as well -- which means a whole lot of warm air going no where. 

Simply rearrange your furniture, giving your dorm room a fresh feel for the new semester and also keeping you warmer. Win, win! 

4. Blow Dry

Ladies, this one is quick and uses a tool you already have in your arsenal: a hair dryer. Blast the warm air on your bed and hop in! 

5. Hot Chocolate (Duh) 

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to use hot chocolate, but it srsly is a great idea. Benefits: it's chocolate, it gives you a quick caffeine pick-me-up, there's marshmallows involved and it warms you up almost instantly.  Honorable mentions: tea, coffee. 

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to use hot chocolate, but it srsly is a great idea. Benefits: it's chocolate, it gives you a quick caffeine pick-me-up, there's marshmallows involved and it warms you up almost instantly. 

Honorable mentions: tea, coffee. 

6. Open Blinds During the Day, Close Them at Night

What little sun we do get in MI is much needed for your cold dorm. The sun's rays will warm up your dorm in the day, while shutting them at night will keep the air in. 

BONUS TIP: Feeling a little drafty around your window? Cover the window with a blanket at night, which will insulate the room even more. Be careful to not have the blanket too close to the radiator in your room -- we don't want to start any fires around here.