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.

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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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…

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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