If you’re planning to move into a dorm room for the first time or shared house, it can be exciting and overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. After all, it’s a big change and moving into a different space can come with its challenges. But with a little bit of pre-planning, you can make that transition easy and as hassle-free as possible. Check out our top moving tips for back-to-school planning below.
Moving Into a Dorm
Be Practical for the Size of Your Living Space
If you’re moving into a dorm, the typical size is approximately 12 by 20 feet. Usually, you’ll have to share with a roommate, making it feel even more limited on space. So be sure to not overpack. Only take what will fit. Overcrowding an already tight space can make it feel cluttered and claustrophobic. Stick with the essentials.
Prioritize What You’ll Need
To avoid overcrowding your room, think about your daily activities and prioritize what you’ll need. For most dorms, this generally includes a bed, desk, dresser, bookshelf, lamps, and maybe a portable fridge if it’s permitted.
Double up on Multifunctional Items
Storing items can be challenging in dorms, so be extra selective about the items you bring. Consider anything that can serve a dual purpose, like having a dresser that can be used as a desk, or a trunk that can be used as a tabletop as well as for storing items away when they’re not in use.
Moving into a Shared Space
If you’re moving into a sublet or a home that you’ll be sharing with a few friends, first determine if it will be furnished or unfurnished. If it’s unfurnished, instead of spending a large sum of money on furnishings, search Facebook marketplace or similar sites to find what you need that’s gently used and at a fraction of the price.
Coordinate with Friends
When moving in with friends, be sure to coordinate with them so you all understand who is bringing what to be clear on what is needed and not needed.
Book Your Movers Early
Even January semesters can be a busy time for moving companies, which is why it’s worth booking in your movers early. Once you know your moving date, lock in your moving company to make sure you’re not left doing it all on your own.