3 Tips to organize moving students back home easier?

Moving back for the summer?

Moving back for the summer?

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.

Moving to university

Don’t forget anything

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 julie@mindoverclutter.ca 

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  1. Great post, Julie! I was telling my husband the other day that we will need a spot for all my son’s stuff when he returns from school next year. I’m going to bookmark this post. Thank you.

    I love the make a list of the items he is taking with him tip you mentioned above. I didn’t even think of that.

    • The years when students are moving in and out of your home and between different apartments makes for a lot of items being needed sometime, not other times and then again. Deciding where to store the transitional stuff keeps your own home from becoming cluttered. It also makes it easier to find the items they need.

  2. I’m having a flashback to the year my daughter got home from school on a Friday night and we headed out for vacation on Saturday. I’m vaguely remembering carrying a ton of stuff up three flights of stairs to the attic. That was what I call a “learning year.” I was better prepared after that. It is definitely worth thinking this through before your child comes home!

    • Live and learn, thankfully you found an easier way the next year. I had to teach my kids over and over that laundry baskets are not consider packing containers, you can’t stack them. Things fall out of them. It took a while but now they use boxes and bins.

  3. These are wonderful tips, Julie , for people whose children bring things home with them. My son went to college quite a distance (an airplane) flight away from home. The first year, I went to campus and helped him store some things with his friends in a public storage unit. After that, he followed the same routine – although, I’m reasonably confident he did not make sure things were clean etc. before storing them!

    • Things need more planning when students live quite a distance away. You only get one chance to try to have everything they need. Using a store unit is a great solution for the summer months. Probably more economical than moving their things twice each year.

  4. These are great tips, Julie. Using bins instead of cardboard boxes will certainly make it easier to move to and from college each year. You’re right, those bins need to have a place to be stored over the summer.

  5. I will be doing this at the beginning of May. We will be encountering issues of storing these items soon enough. I did buy bins that are durable and easy to reuse.

    My son will be taking summer classes on campus so we will be streamlining what he brings back for the summer. I can see a blog post on the topic coming in the future months on my blog. lol

    • Those years of students moving to and from school can cause chaos. It can also cause clutter when some things are no longer needed at school and start to pile up at home or students start collecting more and more things at school.

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