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How to Successfully Move into the Dorm
By Jeannine Phelan
Really? You need a blog about moving stu  from home into the dorm? If you don’t think so, then you never moved into a dorm before. Most dorm rooms are tiny, and you have to share them with another person! Think about all the stu  you cram into your bedroom, and then add all the other stu  you store around the house. I bet your winter coats, boots, sports gear and many pairs of shoes are scattered about. All of that has to squeeze into a small space. Follow some advice from a self-proclaimed organizer, and you might even have room to spare!
Talk to your roommate about shared items.
Figure out who will bring a TV, small refrigerator, microwave, co ee maker and game system (if you must). You’ll be surprised at the large TVs that will be carted into the dorms. If you want to attract a lot of people to your room, go for the 60-inch TV. If you prefer a quiet room, buy something much smaller
Consider what you really need at college. Don’t expect all the comforts you enjoy at home. This is college life, you’re supposed to rough it a bit. You will soon be studying in the library rather than your dining room table, eating in the cafeteria rather than enjoying
mom’s cooking, and walking to class rather than driving to school. Just take the stu  that you will really need.
Wash your sheets and towels before going to college. Most college beds are Twin XL so you will need new bedding. Many students buy coordinating towels to make their dorm room feel more like home. However, it’s uncomfortable to sleep on brand new sheets, and new towels are not very absorbent. Wash both the sheets and towels several times before packing them.
Pack only seasonal clothing. There is no need to take all your winter gear for the start of school in August. Rather, take clothes suited for summer and fall, and exchange all the shorts and  ip  ops for winter layers and boots in October. Trust me, few students have room for all of their clothes!
Take advantage of move-in day helpers. When you arrive on campus with a packed vehicle, hopefully your college will have upperclassmen ready to help you unload. If not, look for the large carts that should be available on move-in day.
Live vertically to save  oor space. Start by lofting your
beds and place a futon below one bed, and the TV, small refrigerator and microwave under the other bed. If you have room, plan on adding a storage unit (think Target, Costco or IKEA) for dorm room snacks, utensils, co ee mugs, etc.
Unpack your clothes and make your bed. You will be exhausted (both physically and emotionally) after your parents leave, so let them help you store all your clothes and make your bed. This will also help you determine if you need additional storage baskets, tubs or carts.
Shop for toiletries, school supplies and storage units after you unpack. You won’t have room for all of those items in your vehicle, and you won’t know what storage items will be needed.
Add decorative touches to personalize your room.
This is the time to add fun pillows, throw blankets, curtains, rugs, and wall art to your room.
After all that work, you’ll be ready to open your door and start meeting the other people on your  oor. Now that you have the gear, go out and make freshman year one that you will always remember – in a good way!
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