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


8 “Out of the Box” Hacks to Organize During a Move

The reality of moving has set in and you are quite excited about your new place but there’s still some dread looming over your head; packing.  The idea of putting every single item that you own into hundreds of boxes seems impossible.  It will simply take too much time and you don’t have a lot of time to spare, you may think.  These 8 easily identifiable organization hacks will make not only the packing process, but also the unpacking process easier.


1. Set aside the basics first

Before the packing process begins, set aside a box of necessary everyday items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, a couple outfits, bath towels, toilet paper, sheets, etc.  This way, you won’t be scrambling through neatly packed boxes to find a single roll of toilet paper.

packing basics

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7 Ways to Transform Your Child’s Room Now That They’re Off to College

empty nest
Now that you’re an empty-nester or have one less child in the crib, it’s time to think about finding fun and functional ways to use the space. Of course, the room can’t be permanently or completely transformed, as your college student will be home for breaks. If you live in the same city where your child goes to college, for example UCF in Orlando, plan on a few random weekend visits. In fact, according to a recent study Continue reading…

10 Dorm Essentials That Save on Space

Messy dorm room

Before you move into your college dorm, you should think about how you’re going to store all your stuff in that tiny room. Since you probably have to share the space with someone else, it can be a challenge to fit in all your clothes, shoes, decorative items, school supplies, and other necessities. But these dorm essentials will solve Continue reading…

17 Places To Find Boxes For Your Move

Packing boxes

There are few things that are more of a hassle than moving. Not only do you have to decide what you’re going to keep and how you’re going to dispose of what you don’t, you face the unenviable (some would say dreadful) prospect of having to pack. And a key component of packing is having something in which to pack things. Fear not, help is near. Continue reading…

7 Ways to Stay Organized During a Home Renovation

Home ImprovementThere’s no doubt that home improvement is the best way to maintain or increase the value of your property while enhancing livability and the enjoyment you get out of it. Though a rewarding and fruitful endeavor, it can also prove stressful and physically demanding — as preserving your household items during the process can be as taxing as moving to a new house altogether. Nonetheless, whether your improvements involve a large scale remodel, or a simple addition or extension to one specific area of the house, careful preservation and relocation of household items is critical to returning your home life back to normal once the renovations have been completed.

Relocation and storage will invariably take a toll on your valuable belongings, so the goal Continue reading…

Spring Clean Your Office Space: Decluttering to Improve Productivity

As much as you’d like to convince yourself that your chaotic office space is perfectly fine for your needs, chances are, it’s just not. Clear spaces and easy-to-find supplies are better for promoting productivity and studies show that workers with a neat workspace don’t mind spending as much time there as the ones who sit at a disorganized desk all day long.

Spring is a good time to get a handle on your office clutter and to give yourself an office space you can feel comfortable in. Whether you work in a cubicle or from your own home, these tips will help you de-clutter your office space and boost your productivity.

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6 Methods To Tackle Your Downsizing Project

There’s something about all the hoarding shows on television that makes people watch. Sure, part of the reason is being able to view a train wreck of sorts — rubbernecking isn’t a noble pastime, but it seems to be human nature. But another attraction to the hoarding shows is that everyone can relate to becoming attached to possessions. And if you need to downsize from a larger to a smaller living arrangement, you will, as the hoarders do, need a plan to get rid of some, maybe even most, of your stuff. You can do so successfully with the following tips.
Start downsizing early
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Real Estate: The Science Behind Decluttering and Staging a House

Staging living room

Human perception is an amazing tool. That is why we are often quick to judge an individual by what he or she is wearing or a book by its cliche cover.

The same perception can make or break a deal when trying to sell a house. People viewing your house love to see what is in your closet, medicine cabinet and even your underwear drawer. As much as they love to look through your personal items, a few fingerprints on a window or dribble of toothpaste in a sink can negatively sway a buyer’s opinion.

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