College is an exciting time. Preparing to move into the dorm or residence hall can have you preparing for months, gathering everything you may need. In today’s Affordable Family Storage blog, our packing experts offer some tips and tricks to make moving to and from college a breeze.
We’ve all seen the Instagram posts and Pinterest dream boards that showcase gorgeous dorm rooms that are beautifully lit and are a perfect blend of school spirit and personal aesthetic. What most of those posts don’t tell you is that most dorm rooms are pretty small and most universities have a long list of items you are not allowed to have when you move in.
At Affordable Family Storage, we know that while it can seem like the dream to have the perfectly designed room, it isn’t always the most functional use of the space. A good rule of thumb is to buy things that can be easily folded up and packed away, and to choose items that have more than one purpose — like a picture frame pencil holder, for example. Be sure to check your school’s website for any specific items you are not allowed to bring, as well.
When moving to and from school, it can be tempting to just find the cheapest containers to pack all of your stuff in. However, a little forethought can make packing and moving way easier. We’ve seen all kinds of boxes and containers used at Affordable Family Storage, and over the years we’ve come to learn that if your box has handles and a secure lid, moving is significantly easier. If you choose to use plastic totes, you can send your empty totes home with your parents or use them as makeshift shelves. If you don’t want to spend that much on containers, using banker boxes will still give you handles that make moving so much easier.
Packing up to go home at the end of the spring semester often comes at the most chaotic time. In the midst of finishing big projects and preparing for finals, you have to start organizing and packing all of your stuff. That means you probably won’t have a lot of time to go get packing supplies to properly protect your stuff.
Luckily, being on a college campus means you very likely have access to many items that can be used in place of traditional packing supplies. Newspapers can protect your fragile items, and you may be able to find boxes in different buildings on campus.
If you are looking for a place to store your stuff over the summer, Affordable Family Storage in Des Moines can help! We offer storage units in several sizes that are perfect for your needs. Not sure what size unit you need? Check out our storage calculator to figure out the space. You can even join together with a few friends to make a most out of the space. Reserve your Affordable Family Storage unit online today!