Congratulations — you’ve successfully raised a kid and are sending them off to college! While it may seem like a scary endeavor, everything you have done up to this moment has prepared your children, and yourself, to handle it. It is now time for your child to leave the nest, but you may experience some emotional struggles along the way — not to mention the ridiculous amount of stuff you didn’t know your kid has hoarded over the years! Knowing the proper steps to take during this move can make the whole experience easier, so let’s discuss some methods that could help.
Plan for Size
Here is the number-one thing to remember for most dorm rooms – they are small. While every childhood toy and Michael Jordan cardboard cut-out may have fit in their old room, these are things that don’t need to join your child at college. If you can get a preview or size dimensions from the dorm before moving in, do it! If not, “better safe than sorry” goes a long way in the world of dorms. Priorities should include season-appropriate clothes, toiletries, school supplies, and a little entertainment. While unpacking, use the bed and any available counters as temporary storage while finding a place for everything.
Plan for Time
While this is one of the most exciting moments for both parent and child, there will not be a lot of time to mingle and explore. Moving into the dorm can be a whirlwind of an experience, and your child will either be called to campus meetings or hopefully be making new friends! Move in, shed some tears, share some hugs, and make plans to visit very soon. While on campus, you can visit financial planning or any other office that you may need to talk to. There isn’t a better time to talk to a school official than when you’re already there, but you won’t be the only one with this idea — so call ahead and schedule an appointment.
Plan for People
It is important to plan both the number of people you bring and the chaotic dorm scenario that lies ahead. In regards to the number of people who come along, don’t overdue it! It’s exciting when a family member leaves for school, and many people will probably want to help. The chaos of the day, however, will make it more convenient if only immediate family — like parents and siblings — come. Plan a weekend down the road where everyone can come see the newly moved-into dorm. There will be a lot of people moving in, and it can feel overwhelming, but stay calm, communicate well, get everything in the room quickly, and things will slow down.
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