How-To and What-To Pack for College: The Ultimate Guide

It’s mid- July and if you aren’t taking summer classes, you most likely have a month and half or less to buy dorm essentials, pack, and move away to college. That’s a little taunting, especially for those of you attending college out-of-state. What weather changes should you expect? Can you take everything you own with you to school? (The answer to that one would be a big no.) It’s not easy to pack for college, but it’s also not impossible.  Follow this how-to and what-to pack list for a stress-free move.


File dividers and file folders

This is not high school anymore; there are no lockers to keep your old tests and loose papers. Invest in a pack of 4 or 5 file folders to put in a drawer in your dorm. Keep it organized by naming each file folder by class or activity.



Buy not one shower caddy, but two

An extra shower caddy is a great place to store loose desk items like pencils, paper, scissors, notebooks, and paper clips. Keep it on your desk or even underneath it to allow for more room to get work done.




Pack foldable clothes in night bags that you want to bring to college

Whether you’re going to the gym or on a weekend trip, you will need a medium sized bag to pack all your belongings in. Throw foldable clothes into these bags and you’ve saved yourself a big box while bringing more of what you need with you to college.


Invest in a small shoe rack

Great for keeping all your shoes in one, organized place! You could even put extra paper, pencils, and binders on the shelf for storage.




Packing list by category:

Bed, Bath, and Laundry:

Sheets, pillow cases, comforter/quilt/duvet, pillows, blankets, towels, wash cloths, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotion, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, razors, shaving cream, shower caddy, tweezers, shower shoes (cheap rubber flip flops), Neosporin, band-aids, dental floss, laundry hamper, laundry detergent, iron, hair straightener, curling iron, hair dryer



Cell phone and charger, laptop and charger, audio player/speakers and charger, camera and charger, headphones, extension cord, hard drive, camera lenses and lens covers




t-shirts, tanks, shorts, pants, jeans, dresses, suits, skirts, workout clothes (running shorts, yoga pants, sports bras), pajamas, dress shoes, sneakers, flip flops, swimsuits, sweatpants, jewelry, accessories, long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, socks, underwear, hats, jackets, belts, rain jackets, hoodies




School Supplies:

Red/blue/green/black pens, pencils, notebook paper, notebooks, blank paper, calculator, highlighters, paper clips, backpack, ruler, folders, binders, graph paper, dividers, post-it notes, planner, pencil sharpener, erasers





Student ID, driver’s license, insurance cards, reusable water bottles and mugs, lint roller, checks, safety pins, room décor, credit and debit cards, batteries, flashlight, wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, pictures, picture frames, simple wall art, desk vanity mirror, books




When you’re all packed and ready to move in is when you can focus on the fun part- decorating your dorm room!  Most dorms don’t allow you to nail holes in walls, so make sure to buy some durable tape to hang your photos and decorations on the walls. To keep yourself from packing more than what can actually fit in your room, bring 7-10 of each clothing item ONLY (socks, shorts, pants, shirts, etc). This will force you to not be lazy and wash your clothes every week to week and a half.

21 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Maximize Dad’s Space for Fathers Day

Fathers Day is June 21 this year, so here are 21 ways that Dad can organize and maximize his space with various tips, tricks and techniques.

1. Magnetic tool bar in a garage

Save time by using this magnetic tool rack to store all your tools. You can build your own or find one on Easy to reach and no more digging through a drawer!

tool bar


2. Shelve, shelve, shelve

Keep your garage organized and create more space by installing shelving on the walls to store coolers, children’s toys, and more.




3. Tennis ball trick

Cut an opening in a tennis ball and put one end of a rope (in a knot) in the opening. Suspend the tennis ball in the air at the point where you are perfectly pulled into your garage (tie the other end of the rope to a shelf or hook at the roof of your garage). No more guessing if you’re in the garage far enough!

tennis ball


4. Pool noodle hack

For people with small garages, this hack is great. Screw a pool noodle into the wall to avoid hitting your car doors against the wall.

pool noodle hack


5. Battery Organizer

Get this awesome contraption on that keeps all your batteries organized by size and even comes with a battery tester so you know which ones to throw out!

battery organizer


6. Belt rack hanger

Also found on, this hanger is sure to avoid a tangled mess of belts. With hooks on both sides, this belt rack hanger will hold all of your belts and more.

belt hanger


7. Pallet wood turned wine rack

Made out of already used pallet wood, this rack makes for the perfect place to store wine or anything else for that matter!

pallet rack


 8. Old file cabinet transformed into garage storage, from Trash to Treasure

Utilizing an old, no longer used file cabinet can make for a great storage spot for shovels, rakes, brooms, etc.

trash to treasure


9. Grand piano bookshelf

The ultimate project and the ultimate storage device: turn an old piano into a bookshelf/storage spot.  Click here for step-by-step instructions.

piano shelf


10.  Shoe storage

Keep your shoes organized in a tray or a used wine box at an easily accessible spot underneath your bed!



11. Velcro remotes

Apply Velcro to remotes, Xbox controllers, and more so that you never lose a device again.



12. Binder clips

Attach binder clips to wires to keep them out of sight and off the floor.



13. Bungee cords

Use bungee cords in a garage to keep all sporting items, like basketballs, in place.

bungee cords

14. Cord dividers

Add dividers to any bin of cords to avoid a tangled mess. Label each section for easy access, from DIY Home Sweet Home.



15. DIY ice chest

Tired of spending tons of money on appliances that stop working? Reuse an old refrigerator as an ice chest for the backyard!

ice chest


16. Whiskey bottle soap dispenser

Perfect for dad’s man cave- an old Jack Daniels bottle filled with soap instead of a generic soap bottle!

whiskey soap


17. Wrench hooks

Use old wrenches as hooks for miscellaneous objects or just as coat hangers!

wrench hooks


18. DIY mason jar lights

Spice things up in your home by breaking from traditional light fixtures and replacing them- yourself- with mason jars, from Home Talk!

mason jar lights


19. Bike hooks

Make more room in your garage by hanging hooks from the garage ceiling and hanging bikes from the hooks.

bike hang


20. Recycle tic-tac containers

Store spices in empty tic-tac containers and label each container for not only easy ascess, but also for maximizing space in your spice drawer, from Huffington Post.




21. Mobile laundry station

Keep your clothes separated by darks and lights with this easy DIY mobile laundry station, from Hoosier Homemade.

laundry station


Storing? Don’t Forget These Storage Accessories

Woman thinking about storage provider.Between choosing the best self storage company, correct size unit, and accessories to accompany your belongings, you have quite a bit to cover before ever unpacking your stuff. Our goal is to lighten your load by providing a bunch of helpful guides for the storage process. In this section, the focus will be storage accessories. Included are tips revealing when it might be appropriate to buy certain items for your storage. A few examples are the right size boxes, the best locks available, different tape options, and much more. Continue reading…

The Storage Unit Size Guide

Air conditioned storage unit sizes5×5 (Regular Closet)

You can equate the 5×5 unit to a regular closet. With 25 square feet, it can hold items such as clothes, boxes, skis, children’s toys, small furniture, business records, sales rep materials, and other personal items. This is typically the smallest unit available at storage facilities (or very close to it). The 5×5 space will be able to contain objects with minimal dimensions. The key is building up as most units roughly have a height of 8 ft. Stacking efficiently will allow to fit everything you may need.
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