5 things you need to know before you go home for the holidays
If youre heading back home for the holidays, then heres a few things for you to consider. Hopefully they should help you out at the end of the year!
Take home what you haven't used
Everyone does it, when you were packing to head to University you brought everything and the kitchen sink just in case. But if youre now finding that you have a load of stuff youve never even unpacked, see if you can take it back with you when youre heading home for the holidays. Youll have more than enough to pack up at the end of the year, so youll appreciate having got rid of what you dont need early!
Give your unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation (or other charity)
If youre looking round your room and realise theres some things you just dont need any more, why not donate it to the British Heart Foundation? Most halls have a donation bank outside them, but if yours doesnt, or you dont live in halls, then feel free to drop your donations off at one of the banks on campus such as by Charles Morris, or outside of Henry Price. Not only will you lose a bit of clutter, but youll be helping out a great cause too.
Just remember that the British Heart Foundation cant accept duvets, pillows, broken or dirty items, knives, hangers, food, bikes or helmets.
Donate non-perishable food to Holbeck Elderly Aid
Some examples of possible donations include staples like lentils, pasta, rice or sugar, tinned goods like soup or baked beans, unopened tea, coffee or hot chocolate, packets of biscuits or crackers, boxes of cereal or jars of jam and honey.
Just make sure you get your donations in by midday on Friday 13 December, when they will be passed on to the charity.
Keep yourself and your property safe
Looking after yourself and staying safe is important at all times, but if you're in Leeds over the holiday, and your friends have left, then it's important to be extra vigilant. Here's some tips on staying safe.
Make sure you close your windows and lock your doors when youre heading off, and if theres any valuables that youre not taking with you then make sure theyre stored safely out of sight. It only takes a few moments to make your place safe and secure so theres no reason not to. Got a light timer plug? They're pretty cheap to get and can make it look like your house is not empty.
Keep any boxes for new electrical appliances at home when you return to Leeds - it's easy for anyone interested to see packaging for laptops and televisions outside your house.
If you want any more tips on security and safety, have a look at this guide from the Security Service.
Have a sustainable Christmas
We tend to produce a lot of waste over the Christmas period, but theres a few easy things you can do if you want to be a bit more sustainable this year. One of our students has helpfully put together this easy checklist for you to follow its got some great tips on eco-friendly gift ideas and reducing waste.
Don't forget to shut down any electrical appliances, and if you've got control over your heating, think about keeping it very low.
If you want to find out more about sustainability and how to get involved at Leeds, then check out the Sustainability Services website.
Have a great break, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!