DIY tips for packing up your dorm room

Spring semester is winding down, and it is time to start thinking about packing up your stuff and heading home to the ‘rents for the summer. While it is probably sad enough to be leaving your friends behind and readjusting to mom and dad’s schedule and rules, packing up your dorm room is a whole other nightmare. Read on for some DIY tips for packing up your dorm room to make the transition from college to home ever-so-slightly less painful.

It's time to start packing up your dorm room for the summer. Don't forget anything! (Credit: MemeCenter)

It’s time to start packing up your dorm room for the summer. Don’t forget anything! (Credit: MemeCenter)

Top 5 Packing Tips

You’ve probably been consumed with finishing up exams, turning in those final papers and already missing your friends, so packing up your dorm room is the last thing on your mind. Whether you like it or not, the day is fast approaching when you will have to exit the dorm, and you need to be prepared. Seventeen’s Freshman 15 blog posted “tips for packing up your dorm” by Cara Chiaramonte on May 9, 2012, with some first-hand tips from someone on the inside—a student:

1.  Start packing early. After nine months, it is easy to forget how much stuff you may have packed into your dorm room. Starting early will make the process easier.

2.  Donate or sell unneeded items. One reason to start packing early is to give yourself time to clean out the stuff you don’t want or need any more. No sense trucking that home!

3.  Move out in increments. If you are heading home one weekend, consider taking some winter items that you know you don’t need.

4.  Use storage containers wisely. If you have space in bins, use it for packing. Same goes for suitcases or any luggage. This will cut down on the boxes you will need for packing up your dorm.

5.  Check your room. Twice. If you leave something behind, don’t expect to get it back. So do a thorough review of your room before leaving and then do it again, just to be safe.

Advanced prep

Want some DIY tips for packing up your dorm room that will make the process even faster and less painful?’s writer Justin Stephenson offered “How to Pack Your Dorm Room in Record Time” on March 12, 2013, with some good advice. “Sometime before your finals begin, buy the basic items that you’ll need, things like moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newspaper, cleaning supplies, etc.” the post advised. Having the materials all assembled in advance will make the process go much smoother.

The post also advises college students to create a category checklist and divide your belongings into groups. Then make sure you complete packing that entire group, say your clothes, before moving onto another item, like your bedding or books.

Leave it behind

Andrea Stern posted “Pack Attack… Tips on how to pack up your dorm room” on May 7, 2013, for with some other DIY tips for packing up your dorm room. One idea is to look into storage units near your college. If you know you’re coming back in the fall, and you won’t need the stuff during the summer, it may be a better idea to pay for a storage unit for the couple of months you are back at home. You might even be able to convince your roommate or a friend to go in with you to split the cost.

You’ve probably been looking forward to the end of the semester and the start of summer break for some time now. Don’t let the hassle of packing up your dorm room destroy the start of your summer vacation. Follow these DIY tips for packing to make the experience as speedy and easy as possible. Because before you know it, it will be time to head back to campus for fall semester!

Packing is a bummer. How do you make it easier when the semester is up and summer break is starting? Let us know in the comments.

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