Off To College…Organized
I’m sending my daughter off to college this month and we are starting to pack up. Are you sending a child off to college or do you know someone who’s about to? Here are some tips for an organized transition to college dorm living:
Weed Out. Eliminate what you can before you even begin packing. A thorough sweep of every little item that has collected through the years. Think clearly about what you’ll need to bring, what can stay at home and what can be put into a memory box.
Organize. Organize the space you live in now, it will help with packing up properly. It’s also nice to have the room in order while they’re away, and to return to a simplified and organized place during breaks.
Prepare for small-space living. Make the most out of every inch of space so that you won’t feel cramped. Use vertical wall space using baskets, containers and hooks.
Coordinate with your roommate. You don’t need two coffee pots and 2 refrigerators… Get in touch and make a plan for who will bring what.
Move with plastic bins. Pack up the car with plastic bins. They can be packed and unpacked easily. Parents can also take the empty bins back home. They’re reusable and great for packing and storing at home over the summers. Sterilite storage boxes receive top marks from our organizers.
Shop before departure. Don’t wait until you arrive on campus to complete your checklist. Avoid making last minute purchases. Know exactly what you’ll be storing and purchase containers accordingly–don’t buy random containers hoping they’ll work. Being organized is about being prepared as well :)