Seven Steps to Make Freshman Move-in Day a Breeze
It seems like just yesterday your kids were walking across the stage at graduation. And you’ve spent the summer soaking up as many days with them as possible. But sure enough, August is here and their freshmen move-in date is rapidly approaching. They’re about to start a monumental new chapter, but first, you have to get them there. Ease your mind and make freshmen move-in day a breeze with these seven steps:
- Make a plan.
Before your kids let the excitement of this new season of life take over, come up with a moving plan. If possible, encourage them to set up a time to see the dorm they’ll be living in before moving in. Bring a tape measure and take photos. If visiting ahead of time isn’t an option, ask them to take a break from Netflix to get online. Most schools have dorm dimensions on their website so students can see how much space they’re working with. Find out the exact times and dates that they’re allowed to move in. Plan to get on campus early so there will be plenty of time for them to organize and decorate later. Plus, the early bird gets the elevator! Encourage them to communicate with their roommate when they’re going to be moving in, and try to schedule around each other. Making a plan ahead of time with your college students will save time and stress.
- Pack only the essentials.
Dorm rooms are small and most students share them. The basic furniture will be provided. Make sure to pack bed linens, towels, toiletries, basic school supplies and clothes. If you’re not using a moving company, make sure that your car is packed properly. Remind your students that they really won’t need their winter wardrobe in August. Have them trade out those items when they come home for Thanksgiving. They should pack their everyday clothes, workout apparel and a couple of dressier options. If you know they are planning to rush a fraternity or sorority, they may want to pack some more formal options.
- Grab the kits.
This is probably one of the most overlooked items when it comes to packing lists, but having a basic toolkit will go a long way. It’s not only useful when moving in but they’ll quickly find that things break, fall down and need to be hung up throughout the year. Need we mention that they too fall down and may need a little fixing? Pack a first-aid kit with band-aids, antibiotic cream, some pain relievers, and antacids as well as an electrolyte drink or two to stay hydrated in case they become sick.
- Inspect the room and fill out forms.
Once you all get to campus, your students will have to check in, get their keys and will likely be given a clipboard full of forms for them to inspect the condition of their room upon moving in. Before they start unpacking their stuff, have them do a thorough inspection of the condition of the room. Don’t just check “fine.” Be thorough and if there’s a big problem, they need to let someone know immediately. There will probably be a checking out form too, and you won’t want them to be responsible for fixing something that was already in bad shape when they arrived.
- Sort and organize.
Start off on the right foot by having them sort and organize their items early. Encourage them not to just throw their stuff into drawers. They should designate a drawer for each type of clothing item, utilize storage bins, and make sure they’re keeping their stuff on their side. You don’t want your kids to be “that roommate.” Taking the time to help them get organized early on will ensure that everything has a place and a purpose. Try to do this before you leave so if there isn’t room or it’s not as essential as they originally thought, you could take it back home or put it in a storage facility.
- Hire a moving company.
Take the stress out of the moving process by hiring a moving company. This is especially helpful if your student won’t have a car with them. Many moving companies even have special offers for back-to-school moves. You can breathe easy knowing that professionals are going to be handling their move.
- Pack the tissues.
Not only is this going to be a big transition for your students, it’s going to be a big adjustment for you too. It doesn’t really sink in that they’re heading off to college until they’ve moved into their dorm room. All they’re thinking about is if it’ll be easy to make friends, how the on-campus food will taste and if that cutie they saw at move-in is single. All you’re thinking about as parents is if they’ll be safe and that your home is going to be short one kid. Be prepared for some tears, but don’t think of this as “goodbye,” just as “see you later.”
Now that you’ve got them moved in, you can relax, give your college student a hug and maybe a $20 bill for some pizza–if you want to be that “cool” parent–and send them on their way. It’s an exciting time in their lives. Encourage them to study hard, give you guys a call every once in a while and have the time of their lives. Now, relax knowing that you’ve aced the first step in freshman move-in day.
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