Five Tips for Moving into Your New Dorm
When it is the start of your new school year, whether its August or January, maybe, just maybe, it might be a good time to at least start planning your move into your new dorm room. Here are some quick tips for getting ready to move into your new dorm.
1. Understand how small your dorm room really is
In general, dorm rooms are pretty small living spaces. So when you’re packing all the things you want to bring with you, keep in mind that 200 square feet is roughly the size of an average guest bathroom. Plan accordingly. If you can, visit your dorm ahead of Move-In Day to see what is already provided (chairs, desk lighting, tables, etc.) and what the layout looks like. This information will help you figure out exactly what you need to bring – and what to leave at home.
2. Use multipurpose storage containers
Instead of transporting your clothes in suitcases, get a trunk. They come in a wide variety of styles, from old school wooden chests to modern collegiate trunks in almost any color you want (search for “storage trunk” on Google and check out the 3.8 million results). During the school year, trunks double as storage and coffee tables. And check in your attic – your parents may have kept their trunks for a moment just like this one. Also look into all the clever storage ideas out there for maximizing your closets, under your bed and spaces that may have never even occurred to you or your mom (although the latter is unlikely).
3. Bring things the right size appliances
Face it: you’re not going to be cooking 5 course meals in your dorm. But you will need a snack here and there. That’s why they make things like dorm-size and even desktop refrigerators. You can get small microwave ovens as well for popcorn emergencies. We advise staying away from hot plates and space heaters, as they can be a fire hazard.
4. Be smart about your electronics
Back in the day, kids with the best dorm rooms had full stereos, speakers and TV’s. But today, most of these items are about the size of a book (remember books?), or smaller still. Your laptop or iPod can serve as your stereo with a pair of powerful mini speakers. You can stream most of your favorite shows any time of day or night on your computer, iPad or iPod, so no need for a big TV. Think through your electronics set up and cut out the pieces you don’t need.
5. Know what you can and cannot bring
Before you run off to Sears, check with your college or university and see what you are allowed to bring into your dorm, as there will be restrictions and guidelines around size, safety and energy use. There is no sense in buying something you won’t be allowed to use. And you definitely want to keep the safety and comfort of your room mate, your classmates and yourself first.
One final thought: your roommate. Odds are that you’ll have at least one of them. In some cases, it could be even more. The best way to maximize your space is to talk with your future room mate and plan out what furniture and appliances you both need and who is bringing each item.
Rainbow Movers moves students into and out of dorms every season, and we also provide storage so that you don’t have to lug everything back and forth between school years. We congratulate all the freshmen coming into New York’s universities, colleges, and other higher education and training institutions. But first, enjoy the rest of your summer.