One of the most emotional moments for any parent is the day their children move out of the home and go off to college to start their own life. But just like death and taxes, there is one other thing that is an absolute surety—those kids are going to be coming back at some point. Whether it’s for weekend visits to do laundry or returning from the dorm during summer, you will once again have your students back home.
One thing you don’t want to have to worry about is hauling all of their stuff back and forth from the dorm to your home and vice-versa. Not only is that a pain, but their new stuff will most likely not fit squeezed into their old room. That’s why it’s such a good idea to utilize a storage unit for your college student.
Benefits of a Storage Unit
If your college student goes off to school in another town or state, you don’t want to have to rent a U-haul truck to bring their belongings back only to have to find a way to cram it into your home. That’s where a storage unit comes in handy. You can do a short-term rental on a unit in their college town to help store their belongings during long breaks such as the summer. Then, when they are ready to go back in the fall, their things are already in the area and don’t have to be driven back and forth.
Super Tips for Packing
First, you will want to rent a storage unit that is the right size for your belongings. Since most dorm rooms don’t have a lot of space for stuff, you should probably go with one of the smaller units. As you pack, keep these rules in mind:
1-Lay your books down flat in storage bins. If you place them on their sides, you may damage them. Also, be sure that book boxes are stored on the bottom of stacks as these boxes tend to be the heaviest and will crush anything beneath them.
2-Use heavy winter coats, quilts, and other padded items as protection for your breakables. With the rest of your breakables such as dishes and glasses, be sure to wrap them in bubble-wrap.
3-If you are storing appliances such as microwaves and mini-fridges, be sure to clean them out thoroughly. You don’t want food residue molding over the summer. Also, store the mini-fridge with the door open.
4-Use an app such as Evernote to keep a list of what is in each box. Number the boxes so that you can correlate the contents on the app with the box number. This will keep you from having to list everything on the outside of each box.
5-Pack their clothing away in clear plastic boxes so you can see exactly what you need if you have to go back for something. Everything else can go into storage bins or moving boxes. Don’t use “banana boxes” from the grocery store as these may contain food residue that can discolor your belongings or give them a smell over time.
Tears are often shed as children who have now become full-fledged adults pack up their things and assert their independence in college. But don’t fear—they will return. And that’s why it is so important to have a contingency plan for how to store their belongings.