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Ah, college.

A time filled with excitement, exhilaration and debt.

Lots and lots of debt.

(No bitterness here…)

Even though an immense amount of planning and prepping was needed to get you to this point, you probably hadn’t thought long and hard about the necessary logistics to help make your move to the promised land of wisdom a reality.

Like, you actually have to pack, ship, and move in to an itty-bitty living space with someone you don’t know, all while finding a way to feel organized enough to succeed.

Because let’s face it. If you don’t succeed, that debt (cha-ching, cha-ching), will be a source of regret rather than a positive investment towards your future.

With academics hopefully at the forefront of your mind, this simple list of tips and tricks will give you one less thing to worry about.

We know, we know-you can thank us later, Einstein. For now, let’s teach you how to….


Number each of your boxes, listing the items placed within each one on a corresponding, running list. By keeping a detailed log of what you have and what you are bringing, you will not over-buy with items listed on typical “what you need for college” checklists offered online. You can utilize clothing and towels to wrap delicate items as well, keeping the number of boxes you need to move at a minimum.


Renting a self-storage unit near your university will not only save you the hassle of lugging your belongings back and forth when each semester is through, but provide you with the opportunity to keep other larger or seasonal items out of your dorm room, maximizing your overall space. With units offered in various sizes, finding one that will work within your budget is simple, especially if you are splitting it with a friend or two!


Bins, peg boards, storage containers and hangers can all be used in ways to help you utilize every nook and cranny of your dorm room. All you need is a little imagination and a creative idea and you have got yourself a masterpiece, Picasso! So think outside of the box (but keep that box to put things in!) and look up instead of at eye level. There are more ways to store your belongings than you may think.


When getting your dorm in order, be sure to set aside a space that can be used as an area to study. Murphy desks and laptop centers are a good start, using hanging containers for various papers and textbooks you may need. College is first and foremost about learning, so placing your academics ahead of all else is key.

In the famous words of Mark Twain, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

Confused? Us too. But if you actually pay attention to your studies, maybe it will make sense.

(Cha ching, Cha ching, remember?)

By packing with intention, utilizing self storage, getting creative with your space, and ensuring you have a place to study, your first year of college is bound to be a good one.

To being smart!