Whether you are packing for your freshman dorm, or if it is your senior year and you have vowed to get it right this time, there are a few things you can do to make sure the transition is smooth. Many look at moving and storage as a monumental job, but it should be viewed as a fun opportunity! After all, you are starting with a fresh canvas to decorate and fill as you please for an entire school year!
Make a List
Waiting until the last minute and then trying to think of everything you need off the top of your head is just setting you up for disaster. The only way to make sure you have everything you need and no extras that will simply take up space is to make a packing list!
You should prepare to be flexible with this list too. Write down absolutely everything that you want to take, and then expect to chisel that list down significantly. Keep in mind that space is limited, and the last thing you want to do is get there and not have enough room for everything. If you are going home on the weekends, you can always pick up more stuff, or you can have your parents ship a box to you of extras that didn’t make the final cut of the list.
Skip the Suitcases
You may be tempted to pack everything in your luggage, but this is not a good idea. There is seriously no room to store these pieces in your dorm room. Leave hanging clothes on the hanger and simply lay them flat in your backseat or trunk, on top of everything else. You can always wrap them in a sheet like a cocoon and tie the sheet with yarn at both ends. Large laundry bags always work great, because they can be folded and put in your closet or under the bed.
Make Use of Crates
Many people immediately go to a moving and storage place to buy boxes when they are ready to start packing, but once again, this is not practical. Sure, you can break down the boxes and put them under the bed, but why not move everything that you can in something that you can use once you get there? Milk crates can always be stacked and used for storage, or they can double as extra seats when friends come over.
Separating Your Needs and Wants
The hardest part about packing for college is separating your needs and wants. You may think you need that tennis racket, but you may find that a bathrobe and flip flops for showering are more worthy of that space.
You also need to consider that there are school supplies that will come in handy like a cork board, thumbtacks, stapler, tape, etc. These are often items overlooked. You will also need essentials, such as desk lamp and alarm clock. Then, you need to think about things that will make your life a little easier, like a shower tote, travel coffee mug and a lot of healthy snacks.
Thinking about moving and storage may make you feel overwhelmed and stressed, but you should look at it as the exciting opportunity that it actually is.