Student | August 6, 2015
Students moving away from home to go to college have many challenges and adjustments the first few weeks of school. One of the biggest adjustments for students is moving into a residence hall and learning to live in close quarters with one to multiple roommates. It is also a challenge to fit all of your everyday “stuff” into your new space. Some dorm rooms are very small with limited storage space so students have to be very creative storing books, clothing, and needed accessories.
Before you even get to your dorm room, you need to figure out a plan for your room: what you need to bring, what appliances you need, what extra storage you need, and how the room should be set up to optimize space. There is a tendency to over pack when you leave for school. Being organized and making a checklist are recommended to make the move easier. Consult with your roommate over larger items such as a mini refrigerator, TV, DVD player, audio equipment, microwave, coffee maker and decorations.
It is crucial to create a checklist of dorm room essentials. Some dorm room essentials include bedding, comforter, pillows, desk supplies, electronic supplies, storage and organization items, laundry and cleaning items, kitchen supplies, toiletries, miscellaneous items and of course, clothing.
A majority of college students use self storage to store their dorm or apartment items during the summer months to reduce the amount of items they have to take with them during the break or if they are away from campus. However, renting a self storage unit is actually a great storage option for students throughout the year. A self storage facility’s security features will give a student peace of mind that their belongings are safe and secure. Most self storage facilities offer month-to-month rentals that are perfect for a college student’s budget. Storage facilities offer a variety of storage unit sizes which can be both climate and non-climate controlled. Depending on the size of the storage unit that they choose, students can store everything from bicycles to winter comforters. Storage units are perfect for storing excess furniture, clothing, kitchen items, books, mattresses, comforters and linens.
ezStorage has created the “Ultimate College Back-to-School Packing Guide” checklist to give new students an easy to reference for what they need to pack for their college experience.