Every parent’s fear. Every college students disappointment. It’s the end of the second semester and time to move out of the dorm room. Students are disappointed because it’s the end of the year. Parent’s fear it because it’s time to pack everything up. At this stage in their lives, the students should be old enough and able to handle this without mom and dad breathing down their necks. But, as parents, we know moving is stressful and we want to help them as much as we can. Even if we’re far from them and can’t be there ourselves to help. Here are some moving out of the dorm tips on getting organized and packed up easily.
- Cleaning – I would suggest that you have your student do as much of the cleaning as they can before they leave for spring break. Yes, this is a little early, but with only two months to go, there’s not a lot of time with finals around the corner. And we don’t want to give them any excuses to wait until the last minute and rush around the day before leaving their dorm rooms. For spring cleaning suggest to them:
- Throw out anything broken or no longer working – That desk lamp that got knocked over a few times. Those charging cords that no longer work. Yes, we all have them. The cords are lucky to last a few months! Pens that no longer write.
- Bring home clothes no longer needed – If they come home for spring break, have them bring home their winter clothes. If they know they’re only going to wear certain clothes the rest of the year, have them bring other clothes and/or shoes home. Any bedding they won’t need as well.
- Pantry/Refrigerator – Have them go through their food. Anything opened (chips, pretzels, crackers) throw away if they are stale. Anything in the fridge they know has been there more than a week? Toss into the trash.
- Books – If they no longer need their textbooks, get a jumpstart on selling them back to the college bookstore for credit the next semester. Or sell them on Amazon or eBay for the cash. But stipulate to them, the money is for books the next semester lol! Not for the last hurrah before the end of the semester.
- Packing – I highly recommend that they come back from spring break with storage bins instead of boxes. Suggest to them, to start packing things each week, starting a month before move out. If their beds are raised, they can simply shove the bins under there. Make sure they have bubble wrap to wrap up fragile items. I don’t suggest bags because it’s easier to topple while driving. They are not steady and secure.
- Summer storage – I think this is a necessary to add to this list of moving out of the dorm tips. If your student has a lot of things, such as a mini fridge, a microwave or any other bulky items, you may want to consider storing it for the summer. Most storage places run about $40 – $70 a month. If they have friends and/or dormmates, maybe have them all go in on it together to cut down costs. They can all put their items in their designated spots in the storage unit. Make sure to call places ahead of time to secure your unit in case other’s are doing the same.
- Collaborate – If students are driving home on their own, i.e. no family member there to help, they can get together and help each other moving things from the dorm room to their cars and/or storage units. If they are sharing a storage unit, they can rent a small moving truck and drop their things off to the unit in one trip instead of multiple trips. Especially if they can’t fit everything in their cars. Then help each other with the final trip of things that are going home with them.
- Donations – During the purge and packing process, they should have a donate pile. Things they won’t use again, but still has a lot of life in it.
- Final walk through – Make sure everything is out from under the beds, desks, and dressers. If the college requires the students to clean, make sure they have the supplies, or share cost again with friends to share supplies.
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