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Moving out of your parents’ home and into a dorm or shared apartment can be incredibly exciting, but challenging as well. You’re leaving behind everything that is familiar, and starting a whole new chapter in your life in a new location. You have to decide what you are going to take with you, what will be left behind, and also consider what new items you might want to take with you.
So, what do you need for dorm or apartment living, and how are you going to coordinate your move? You’re going to want to pack carefully and efficiently, and make sure that you have help with the move so that you can get settled into your new accommodations with a minimum of hassle. Here are some tips that should help you through the process.
If you are going to be living in a dorm, then your living space is almost certainly going to be quite a bit smaller than what you are accustomed to. You’ll probably be sharing the space with at least one other person, so you want to avoid duplication of effort. If you can, get in touch with your roommates to find out what they’ll be bringing – you’re not likely, for instance to need two microwaves, two bar fridges, and so on.
Next, read through the material your college provided so you know what is and is not allowed. There is little point in bringing your fish tank, for instance, if your dorm will not allow any kind of pets.
If you are living in a dorm, most likely the college will be providing you with a bed, desk, dresser and a chair or two. Bedding may also be provided, so before you waste time and space packing up sheets and comforters, find out if you really need to.
Moving-in day is invariably hectic at any college, so you’ll want to know if assistance is available. Some colleges will provide assistance from volunteers. With others, you could be on your own.
A visit to Wal-Mart or another department store will yield an incredible array of options for reusable containers or plastic drawer sets. These are not just great for packing, but also for storing items once you’re settled in. You can keep your winter clothes in a storage bin under your bed once spring arrives, and take them home without having to re-pack. They’re sturdier than cardboard boxes, and can serve as funky little end tables as well.
It’s always wise to have a tool kit on hand, in case you want to hang a print, fix broken furniture, or perform any of the other numerous tasks that go hand-in-hand with living on your own.
On moving day, you know that your clothes are going to get dirty. If you’re moving into an apartment as opposed to a dorm, you may also end up sweaty from moving heavy objects. So unless you’re going to actually hire a mover to get the job done for you (which might not be a bad idea if you’re dealing with heavy, awkward items), make sure that you wear your old clothes. You can get all dressed up to meet your fellow students later! Make sure, too, that you wear shoes that have closed toes – if you should happen to drop something on your foot, you’ll be glad of the protection.
You are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure when you move from your parents’ home into your college dorm or shared apartment. So be prepared, be careful, consider calling a pro if you’re moving heavy items, and have fun!
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