It is that time of year when college and university students are moving back home for 4 months. If you pack up their items in an organized way it will take some of the work out of moving them back to school in September.
1. Buy bins that stack inside each other when they are not in use.
It will make them easy to store. Most of us like to cut costs and use boxes to move students. Since moving is a ongoing process for the next number of years buy some bins. They will stack nicely in a truck/van and in a closet or storage area at home. You will only have to get them once where as with boxes they are usually recycled and you need to find more every time. Bins are waterproof.
2. Before the student begins packing, make a list of items they need at home.
Make sure those items are packed together. Label those bins, bedroom. Other items that they only needed for school can be left in the bins to be moved back to school in September. Label them basement, closet where ever they will be kept. You may need a bins or two labelled laundry. Some items may need to be washed before they are stored away for the summer, bedding, blankets, winter coats etc. This makes unloading quick and easy.
3. At home, designate an area where the bins will be stored over the summer.
Clean the area out before you go to pick up your students. If everything is kept close together or in a limited number of areas when September arrives, you know where everything is.
A little planning can make the move quick and easy. Next I will talk about how to making the living arrangement at home easy and enjoyable.
What have you done to make moving your child back home easier? Share a comment below.
Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org