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While heading off to college can be exhilarating, it can also be incredibly stressful.

You’re thrilled about a new adventure away from home, your major, and the chance to meet different people, but with an immense amount of packing, sorting, purchasing and planning ahead of you, you barely feel as if you have a moment to take it all in.

The next 4 years will undoubtedly set the stage for the rest of your life (no pressure!), so rather than worry about the logistics associated with moving and setting up your dorm, your energy is much better spent focusing on your education.

While we can’t help you with Physics (but wish you all the best!), here are some helpful tips to make the moving and organizational aspect of your college experience a breeze.

Rent a Storage Unit

Rather than transporting your items back and forth every year, rent a local storage unit to hold everything you need. Your parents will thank you (the drive or flight home without boxes is difficult enough), and you will have one less thing to worry about each semester.

In addition to the convenience of keeping your items close to campus, you can use your storage unit to store seasonal clothing or other items you don’t need on a regular basis. We all know that sharing a tight space with a roommate doesn’t leave much room for your belongings. Having a unit on hand will help keep your dorm clutter free.

With different sizes and prices available to accommodate your needs, you definitely won’t be breaking the bank. You can even split the cost with your roomie!

A Study Area

Okay, okay, what does a study area have to do with keeping organized? Simple. The way in which you arrange your dorm room will help define your focus. In other words, it’s important to ensure that your study area is the central point of your room when deciding where to place your belongings. You are in college to learn, after all -- so be sure your items are placed and stored with academics at the forefront.

Former President Barack Obama once said, America is the student who defies the odds to become the first in a family to go to college - the citizen who defies the cynics and goes out there and votes - the young person who comes out of the shadows to demand the right to dream. That's what America is about.”

Your studies are the most important aspect of your college experience. Make the most of them.

Space Savers.

There are many creative space saving ideas you can use for your dorm. Whether using a mattress caddy instead of an end table, or tension rods in tiny nooks to give yourself more room -- you can find unique ways to ensure items you need are readily available, while keeping your living area mess free.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”
- Elbert Hubbard

So take a step back and smile, even if you feel overwhelmed.

By renting a storage unit and utilizing your space in a well thought out manner, you will help keep your mind at ease.

To a successful college career!