For many first year university or college students, a new school year means a new home. Moving out for the first time can be a stressful change, and the transition to college or university on top of that can make it a very overwhelming experience. However, taking a few painless steps can make the move to the new 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 or a space often shared by two or more people.
Here are some tips for parents and students to make the process easier:
Pack Right, Pack Light
Student apartments aren’t usually very big and there isn’t much room for clutter. Try to only pack the essentials with a few decorative items such as pictures of family and high school friends to make it feel more like home.
Wheels Make The Job Easier
Take a cart or box dolly to help you unload and move items from your car or van to the apartment.
Items Of A Feather, Pack Together
Pack similar belongings together; it makes unpacking on arrival much easier.
Pack Your Tools
Buy a tool kit once you get to campus, or bring one from home. You never know what you might have to put together, take apart or fix.
Survival Of The Fittest
A First Aid Kit is always helpful. Make sure you pack medicines and cleaning supplies separate from your other items.
Recycle Your Materials
Make sure to break your boxes down and pack them away in a safe and dry place so you can use them again when it’s time to move out. If you don’t want to purchase boxes, rent totes instead. Totes stack so they get the job done well and can be picked up or returned after a move.