KD Finds: 5 Must-Have Dorm Kitchen Picks

KD Finds: 5 Must-Have Dorm Kitchen Picks
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KD Finds: 5 Must-Have Dorm Kitchen Picks

It's challenging to transform a college dorm into a living space, but these five unexpected kitchen picks can make all the difference when dining in your dorm.

1. Squish Over-the-Sink Collapsible Colander

Pop out the expandable colander when you need to rinse fruit and salad greens or drain pasta water, and then fold it back in to store neatly away on your shelf!

$20; kohls.com

2. NoteClips

We love how you can write notes on the dry-wipe surface of these bag clips to identify their contents or remember expiration dates!

$10 for set of three clips; josephjoseph.com

3. Water Bottle Cleaning Set and Two Top Water Bottle

You'll be carrying a water bottle all across campus, so make sure to keep it clean with this handy brush set that fits in narrow necks and gets at those hard-to-reach places.

$10 for cleaning set and $15 for bottle; oxo.com

4. Magnetic Spice Storage Tins

A pinch of spice makes a difference in those microwave meals. Store your tea and seasonings in these colorful tins that stay out of the way on a magnetic board or fridge door.

$2 each; worldmarket.com

5. Electric Water Kettle

You'll find yourself constantly reaching for this indispensable kitchen gadget to quickly heat water for meals and warm drinks.

$79; bodum.com

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Maybe you lucked out and you're starting the school year at one of the best colleges in the nation for food. But sometimes even the best dining halls aren't enticing enough to lure you out of your room, especially when you're clawing your way out of piles of textbooks or cramming for exams.

Thankfully your dorm is stocked with staples like ramen, microwave meals and cereal. Moms can breathe a sigh of relief, since you've squirreled away fruit from the cafeteria, too. We're not sure if all the food groups are covered, but at least there's enough sustenance to push you through finals week.

It can be challenging to transform a dorm into a functional living space, especially when you're on a budget and your room is small. Some schools also exercise a strict policy toward appliances, so we'll leave those major purchases up to you. Instead, we've rounded up some unexpected kitchen items that can simplify dorm living. From a clever way to store spices to the brush cleaning set you never knew you needed, these five things can make all the difference when dining in your dorm.

Check out the slideshow above to discover the five things you'll need to turn your dorm into a cozy kitchen.

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