Oh, my goodness can you believe it is almost that time again? Ah, College Move in day. It’s right around the corner. Do you have a college freshman in your house or are you a college freshman? I know you are both looking forward to the day and a bit nervous. Not to fear I want to share some of the best tips to make your move in day the best it can be.
But how are you or your daughter going to make it in 114 square feet? The average dorm room is 12 x 19 feet (228 total square footage) to be shared.
In that space, there will be a bed, desk, dresser, probably a mini fridge and microwave not to mention all of those clothes, makeup, hair stuff, and toiletries.
EEK that is tiny living. So you are going to have to make the most of every foot.
Will you be coming home for the holidays? If so maybe you don’t need all of your winter clothes since it will be fall when school starts.
- Also, think comfort for class clothes and shoes. Perfect examples are solid tanks, comfortable flats, and a comfy pair of jeans. Mix and match will be your friend. Remember that scarves can really change an outfit.
- You will not need lots of dressy outfits. Think a basic little black dress with a jacket and dressy outfit and shoes for more formal affairs like internship interviews, presentations or formals.
- Work-out clothes, a bathing suit, bathrobe and shower shoes & sneakers
- If you are going to an area where it gets chilly you will need a light jacket. Heavy coat, mittens, hat, and scarf *(if you’re going to a campus with a colder climate) Maybe rain boots and an umbrella. Don’t forget a comfy pair of slippers (for hanging out in the residence hall)
- Remember your entire space will be small. So don’t bring lots of shoes. No more than 6 (1 of each: flats, dressy heels, sneakers, shower shoes, slippers, boots) It’s hard but really you will not wear every shoe in your home closet and more importantly, you don’t have room for them all.
Don’t over pack.
Whatever you think you need edit out 40% of it.
Mom can send it to you if you really need something. *If you are going home for Thanksgiving you can switch out your fall clothes for winter and pick up your winter coat then.
Oh, by the way, you will probably be sharing a bathroom with lots of other girls.
No leaving your stuff in the bathroom.
You will have to carry it from your room to the bathroom and back again. Bring your own shower supplies. You’ll want a small bag or carryall that is easy to hang up where you can reach your soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
What should you bring with you?
- A waterproof shower caddy – either a plastic caddy or a mesh bag
- Towels and wash cloths
- A robe – for covering up after you shower – It might be a bit chilly in the halls even if you are not modest
- Shower shoes – either flip-flops or crocs
- Shampoo and conditioner – if you can use the 2-in-1 kind, you’ll save space
- Razor and shaving cream
- The shower gel is really easier than bar soap.
Which brings us to Laundry.
You will be doing your own. So you will need to bring your own laundry detergent, softener, stain remover and quarters. You will need a laundry basket or bag to get your stuff to the laundry.
A printer there should be a printer lab so you will not need one.
Toaster, hot plates, skillets, or toaster ovens
Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
Most schools do not allow you to put holes in the walls so no nails.
You will not need an alarm clock if you use your phone. Your phone will be your camera, calculator, calendar and address book. You are on your own to get to class. Mom will not be waking you up so if you need a loud alarm clock then, by all means, get one.
This is not by any means a complete list if you want more tips on what to bring check out this list from College Love to Know Things to Take to College Dorm
Good Luck and Enjoy every moment of your new adventure!! I love to hear your comments.
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