Moving day is one of the most exciting days of the year for thousands of college students annually. If you or someone you know is moving on campus into a dorm soon, we’ve got some helpful tips that shouldn’t be ignored. Since moving day can approach rapidly, let’s get started so that you’re fully prepared for what awaits.
1. Secure a Moving Company
Booking a quality moving company early is essential. Remember, moving into a dorm is a unique circumstance because hundreds of other students will be moving the same day. So if you’re not planning on using your parents station wagon or a friends pickup truck, book the moving company of your choice as soon as you can. Make sure that you’re clear about the specifics or your move because college moving day is a huge deal. You may also be entitled to student discounts that could help you with the bill.
2. Pack Wisely
There’s one thing that’s common for dorm rooms across the county. That’s right, you guessed it! All dorm rooms lack immense square footage. So regardless of whether you have a roommate or not, you should pack as if you downsizing and moving into a studio or small apartment. In other words, make sure you only pack things that you really need. The last thing you want to do is overcrowd your dorm room and make it uncomfortable for yourself and your new roommate. This is an excellent chance for you to declutter and donate things that you never wear. Maximize your closet space with things you love!
3. Review Your Paperwork
As a freshman, moving into on campus housing will mean tons of paperwork for you to sign and review. Some will be filled with rules and regulations about everything from pets and curfews to details about visitors and what to do in the event of an emergency. As it relates to your move though, you may find important details about hours when you’re allowed to move, which elevators and entrances to use and other important tidbits. So instead of taking that paperwork and throwing it in a corner somewhere, place it in a folder and keep it close. Trust us, you’ll need it for your moving day.
4. Don’t Do it Solo
If your parents are not available to help you move into your dorm, make sure you enlist the help of a friend. When the time comes for you to hang pictures, organize your closet or just lift things up the stairs if you decide to move yourself, you’ll need a helping hand. Additionally, moving into a dorm can be an emotional time. Even though you may not feel it right now, it can hit you on moving day. Make sure you have a familiar face there for when things get tough.
5. Utilize Storage Containers
Since dorm rooms are such small spaces as we mentioned above, storage containers are your best friend (no disrespect to your new roommate). Storage baskets are perfect for everything from textbooks and sports equipment to extra clothes and your favorite blanket that reminds you of home. Don’t be afraid to stack a few of them on top of each of each other in your closet to keep the clutter to a minimum.
With these tips, you’ll be ready to move into your college dorm. We hope you have a great year!