Parents are always on the lookout for clever ways to plan ahead and ensure move-in day goes smoothly for their college student. Preparation is paramount to acing any endeavor, so read on to discover brilliant ways to simplify and smoothen the process of moving your teen into a college dormitory.
The last thing parents want to do on move-in day is rifle through several boxes to see if their offspring remembered to bring their inhaler. Avoid winding up in a similar scenario by creating a list of items your teen is bringing to university, and use masking tape and a marker to create corresponding content labels to place on bins and boxes. Organize the list by separating items into categories: bed linens, clothing, decorations, medicine, non-perishable foods, toiletries, and tools.
The type of dormitory your college student is going to be living in will influence the kind of equipment that you will need to bring to hang their décor. If their walls are cinderblock, bring command hooks, dorm tape, and mounting putty. However, if their walls are made of dry wall: bring a hammer, nails, wall hooks, or whatever equipment their university considers ‘safe to use’ on their walls. Determine which tools you will need, & bring compatible hardware to hang their decorations. You should keep the decorations, hardware, and tools in the same container.
Bring equipment that will optimize the process of moving. Skip the risk of getting a hernia – just invest in furniture sliders. Lift furniture one corner at a time while placing the sliders below, then move that furniture around until your young adult approves of the rooms’ layout. If your offspring is staying in a dormitory with an adjustable bed frame, bring a rubber mallet to adjust their bed height. Also, instead of figuring out how to lug a 4.5 cubic foot mini fridge up three flights of stairs on move-in day, bring a hand truck and bungee cables. Use the bungee cables to secure the mini fridge to the hand truck, and haul that mini fridge up the stairwell safely!
Keep their clothes wrinkle-free and hung up! Use draw string trash bags to transport clothing on hangers. Open the trash bag beneath 15 to 20 articles of clothing hanging in the closet. Lift the trash bag up until it engulfs the stack of clothes. Pull the draw string shut, bind the hangers together tightly with the draw string, and leave the hooks of the hangers exposed so you can grab each stack with ease.
Above all else, assemble their dorm room with love and respect. Even if it may not look totally Instagram-worthy, it will be a sanctuary where your college student can go to relax, sleep, and study. Your young adult is definitely not interested in hearing your opinion on their BTS posters, but they do want to hear how much you will miss them, and that you are always just a text or a call away.