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The big day is almost here. Youíre packing up the belongings youíll bring to your college dorm. You might be wondering what to take and what to leave behind. If thatís the case, you want to take a minimalist approach to your packing. Here are four tips to help you get started.

Common Home Items


A toaster oven, a microwave, and a coffee maker are just three of the items youíll want to take with you, no matter what style of dorm you have. In other words, whether you have a full apartment or just a bedroom and bath, small appliances like these are essential to maintaining the common college student diet of easy meals. Unless you have already coordinated with other roommates to share these items, these are essentials you wonít want to leave behind.
Other good items to have around extra blankets and towels, a bathroom box or tote, an alarm clock, a few of your favorite books, and maybe some hangers. A good rule of thumb for what to bring with you is this: have you used the item that youíre thinking about taking in the last year or so? If not, chances are you wonít need it, so leave it at home.
Many colleges make sure their dorms are set up and ready for people to hit the ground running. Ask your universityís housing office what items the dorm already comes with. You may find you wonít need to pack all that much because the school will provide you with a great deal of it. Televisions, refrigerators, and other major appliances may already be provided, and you definitely wonít have room for more than one of each.

Clothing Items


Due to the lack of space youíll have, itís best to take a minimalist approach to your wardrobe. If you know that this will be a challenge for you, consider sorting by season. During the warmer months, youíre not going to want to waste space with sweaters, big coats, or snow boots. The same goes the other way, as youíll likely not have much opportunity to use sandals or sheer dresses during fall and winter. Sort out what you know wonít work with the weather, leaving one back-up out-of-season outfit for emergencies. The rest can be stored away, minimizing your closet space needs.
This is also a good time to sort out the clothing you know you wonít need at all. Items with holes, stains, and that just donít fit shouldnít still be cluttering your closet from High School. Also remove the clothes that you never wear but hang onto ďjust in case you get in the mood.Ē That mood isnít coming, and even if it does, it isnít worth forcing unwanted clothing to fight for closet space with what you really need.

Knick Knacks


Everyone has sentimental items that they donít want to give up when they move to college. Books you never read, desk toys, collectibles, and the biggest space-hog, stuffed animals, can severely limit your previous surface space in your college dorm. Like Andy from Toy Story 3, just pick two of your dearest favorites to keep you company and put the rest into storage. If you canít bear to part with them entirely, theyíll still be waiting for you when you move on to larger living accomodations.
Items like throw pillows and blankets also fall under this category. Keep one or two extra blankets beyond what you just keep spread out on your bed, and one extra pillow. Anything beyond those is excessive and will make your life harder when it comes to putting things away.

Storage Stuff


While a lot of your stuff can often be left in your parentsí storage or even in your dorm storage, if itís provided, there are items that just wonít fit. Furniture like chairs, bookshelves, and desks canít be taken with you and likely will need to be put away in a storage unit. Your dorm will typically provide these things and you wonít have much room to add in more furnishings yourself.
If you feel that you need another bookshelf or chair in your dorm room, save yourself a lot of hassle now and donít take your solid furniture. Get collapsible options that will be easy to move back and forth from college to home. These will also give you the option to open up more space when you need it. Whatever your reason, there are no good ones for taking solid furniture to college.
Taking the right items with you when you pack can help you make the transition from home-to-dorm a whole lot easier. If you take a minimalist approach to your task, youíll save yourself the stress of clutter later on. Think of it this way: everything you own is going to need to fit into the space of one or two small rooms at maximum. Now is not a good time for hoarding, or even for a little excess. Whether you have to store your things in a storage unit or in your parentís home, leave what you can behind. As youíll soon find, in a college dorm, every inch of space counts.
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly
Wednesday, March 13th 2019 at 3:56PM
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