The following is a guest post with 5 tips for moving and organizing college students from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.
Well, it’s getting real! Our oldest is heading off to college. (Stop the clock!) While we’re thrilled for her to launch, we’re also really sad that this is now going to be a pivotal season for our family. Thankfully, she will only be an hour away from us, but she is still moving “out” and moving on.
For Ainsley’s upcoming transition, we’ve been preparing and working to get all of her things organized and packed. Going through this process I’ve learned some essential tips that can make all the difference when sending your college student off! These tips are specifically tailored towards a student who is moving within driving distance.
If you have a student who is moving further away, for example they need to fly to their destination, then different tips will apply. I do know there are some great retail services where they will ship things directly to students to avoid having to facilitate packing and moving things across the country.
5 Tips for Moving and Organizing College Students
If possible, try to visit the living space prior to your planning and shopping. Investigate the available storage, measure everything, and make a list while in the room(s) so you can best account for what needs to be purchased. If you can’t visit in person, then call the facility and go through your questions.
Clarify the size of the mattress (if included). Some dorms have Twin XL and some do not. It’s helpful to know which size to buy and what specific bedding will work best.
Determine what the laundry system will look like for your student. How far is the laundry room from their room? What type of basket or hamper will be the most conducive to haul to and from? Which type of soap will be the easiest to carry and use? (Laundry pods are a simple option because they don’t make a mess and are easy to grab and go.) Additionally what other types of cleaning products should your student bring along to help keep up their space? (A mom can dream…)
Students should communicate with their roommate(s) ahead of time about which types of appliances each of them will bring. This can help to avoid duplicate microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers.
Like always, when setting up a space remember that less is more. Typically dorms and apartments have a smaller footprint, therefore it’s important to be intentional with how you use the space. Use vertical storage options, sort things like with like, and focus on bringing only the necessities. A stocked first aid kit, a set of bath towels and bedding, enough clothes, socks and underwear, school supplies, bath things, and some snacks should be more than adequate to help your student get by day-to-day. (I’ve reminded my daughter that she will have access to stores while living on campus.)
Lastly, for Ainsley’s dorm room, we assigned four large bins to four categories: food, HBA (health and beauty aids), clothes, and shoes. From our measurements, we determined that these four will fit under her dorm bed. Not only are these helpful for packing things for the move, but they will also provide functional storage for her in her new space.
I always say, prior planning prevents problems. Planning ahead will help to ensure that your student has what they need for their school year ahead.
Best wishes to all the parents moving and organizing college students this fall!
Morgan is a professional organizer (chaos calmer), writer (list lover), and exercise enthusiast (fitness fan), keep up with her on her site, Morganize with Me. Her mission is to share tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage her readers and clients as they focus on their health and homes. Check out her new Book, Take Back your Time, join one of her Organizing Challenges, listen to The Morganize with Me Podcast, and stop by her Shop full of fabulous organizing printables!