School’s about to start. Time to get moving!
It’s time to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer and get going back to campus. The new semester is about to start, and you want to be ready on day one to rock your way to the top of the dean’s list. But first, you’ve got to pack up and move into your dorm or apartment.
If you are returning to school and you followed our tips for moving out, moving in should be just as easy. Most of your things are neatly packed, waiting for you to pick from storage and take to your new place. If you’re a freshman, chances are you are packing up your bedroom at home. This may even be your first move ever. No sweat! You can make it easy with a little planning.
College housing is typically compact. (Think “squeezed.”) If you’re used to close quarters at home, you may already be a master at organization. If not, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your space.
Be ready for weather changes. You won’t need those woolen socks and down jacket until the cold winds start to blow. Pack your winter threads separately and it will be easier to manage your wardrobe. Plus, you’ll know where those sweaters are when you start needing them!
Hang, stack, and hide. Organizer accessories can help you “create” more usable space. Here are a few places you can stretch your space in:
- Closet organizers. Create space out of thin air with a stack of drawers for clothes or a sheet of clear plastic storage pockets for shoes and purses. These are lightweight and easy to install—just hang them on the rod and they’re good to go.
- Milk Crates. Grandpa used these plastic cubes back in the day for his vinyl LPs. They’re still useful today for transporting books, CDs, kitchen items. They’re sturdy, stackable, and versatile in a variety of colors.
- Plastic Bins. You can find a variety of sizes, and configurations for plastic storage containers. They’re an inexpensive way to get added utility from odd spaces at the foot of your bed or even under it. Locking casters (wheels) add versatility.
- Plastic Hooks. A great way to get added space on walls or on the inside ends of cabinets. Just peel and stick. Hang your keys, jacket, dust pan, flyswatter, or other items. When it’s time to vacate, they peel off easily and leave no trace. (Building managers love them.)
Get Squared Away. With everyone else moving in, things can get a little crazy—competing for time in the elevator and navigating crowded hallways. It’s okay to take a breather once you get everything into your room. But you’ll feel better if you unpack and finish the job before lights out.