How to Pack your Life into a Dorm Room

It’s summer and I’m sure packing for college is the last thing on your mind.  Instead, most college students are more concerned with what outdoor activity they can do in the next few days- whether it’s going to the beach or spending the day at an amusement park.  In reality, the summer will go by quickly and classes will be starting up before you know it.  Whether you are returning as an upperclassman or starting as a freshman, packing for college is a process, and most students don’t know where to start.  Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help the process go smoothly.  Here are some tips for making packing for college less stressful.

Make a List

Never underestimate the usefulness of a good list.  Start it early and keep adding to it as you realize what essentials you need.  To begin, go through your normal day and write down the things you use, everything from towels to hairspray.  Then as you come across things you know you will need, add them to the list.  Doing this helps prevent forgetting some crucial things.

Really Go Through your Closet

I know, you might think you’ll need that one army tank top that’s been sitting in the back of your closet for three years at some point, but chances are you won’t.  Things like this are what need to go, (or at least be left at home so if there is an urgent need you can get it sent to you).  Packing for college is a great time to weed out all of the old clothes that no longer fit or just is something you do not wear anymore.  Also, while doing so, you can find clothes that you can take to resale shops and get money for them, or donate to Salvation Army.  I understand, it is hard to get rid of clothes, but honestly the closets at most colleges are not big enough to fit the clothes you only sometimes wear anyway.

Only Bring Necessities

You really are not going to need that puffy winter coat for the first few months at school.  If you know you will be visiting home before winter, leave the winter clothes at home.  Being able to swap out summer items from your closet at school to winter clothes from home will really help with unnecessary clutter.

Do Not Panic if you Forget Something

So you forgot your curling iron.  The good thing about living with roommates is that chances are someone has one you can use.  This goes for most things that could be left behind so realize that there is no need to stress out.  You can easily go out and replace it, have someone ship it to you, wait until you are home next and borrow a friend’s.

By starting early and preparing for the big move, you are less likely to forget important items.  There is no need to stress out over packing for college if you get started today!

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Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski is a senior at Central Michigan University studying public relations and English. Laura enjoys being busy, juggling work and school, and has plans to one day spend her time traveling abroad. When not busy, Laura, the middle child of three girls, enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
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