August 13, 2012
MOVING TO UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE RESIDENCE REQUIRES
SMART ORGANIZATION AND PLANNING
by: Dan Hopkins
For most first year university or college students, a new school year means a new home.
Moving into a dormitory for the first time can be a stressful change. However, taking a few painless steps can make the transition to the new “home away from home” go more smoothly.
Moving children to their university or college of choice for the first time can leave parents and their student children physically and emotionally drained, if unprepared. It’s easy to get frustrated when faced with packing and condensing belongings which will ultimately have to fit in a small room shared by one to three other people.
So here are seven tips for parents and students to make the process easier:
● Start early – don’t wait until the last minute to collect boxes and moving supplies. Start packing non-essential items immediately, such as seasonal clothing. Clearly label all boxes so unpacking is easy.
● Try to condense – go through the new student’s belongings before packing. Reduce the amount of items to move to start the school year clutter-free.
● Use the right supplies – shop around for competitive prices on supplies. Avoid using old shopping bags, laundry baskets or topless boxes to transport belongings. Items can get tossed around during the move and if loose items fall out, people can get hurt. Also, beware of using grocery store boxes – they stored food and can carry bugs.
● Pack similar items together – label the boxes so they are easily identified. This will help the student prioritize unpacking without making a huge mess.
● Don’t over-pack boxes – remember, the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
● Use original packaging for large electronics when possible – the safest way to transport electronics like a computer, TV, mini-fridge or a microwave is to use the original packaging. If it’s not available, wrap the electronics in anti-static bubble wrap.
● Recycle – buying reusable supplies like high-quality containers is good for parents’ wallets and for the environment. Most corrugated cardboard boxes can be easily folded and stored during the school year. Plastic storage bins with lids are also a good option. The containers parents buy this year can be reused and recycled throughout their student’s University career.
Other Articles by Dan Hopkins:
Packing Up For A Move: Breaking Down The Process
Brides and Grooms Combining Households for the First Time
Follow "The Golden Rule" for Moving Etiquette
Five Ways to Make Moving a Cleaner, Greener Process
Sort, Downsize and Organize Now For a Stress-free Spring and a Happier Summer
Understanding the Language of Moving
Moving Can Be Fun, and Kid-Friendly
Make Future Holidays Merrier by Properly Packing Seasonal Decorations
Make Moving Comfortable For Seniors
Top 10 Tips for Moving with Dogs
Expected the Unexpected When Moving
The Word-of-Mouth Factor
Moving is Much More Than Picking Up Boxes
The Grandma Rules, Rules!
To Pack, or Not To Pack...
Do your Research and Choose Your Mover Wisely
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