You Child is Leaving the Nest. Are they prepared?
Having an organized dorm room wi
create a foundation for academic success.
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Moving intoa dorm is both exciting andterrifying. All of a sudden there isno one to do the laundry, and noone to clean! Your little boy or girlis spreading their wings for theﬁrst time, so making sure yourcollege student heads to schoolprepared is very important.Start your shopping by asking thecollege if they provide a list of recommended items for yourstudent to bring with them. Also,find out if there is a list of prohibited items. If they do,acquire these lists early.Next, have your student contacttheir new roommate
to decide who will bring what items withthem. There is no sense inoverlapping! Keep in mind that asthe start of school approaches thestock of dorm items starts todwindle. Work with your child tomake a list of the items they wantto buy and shop early. Also, take note of what stores arein the area around the school forlast minute items!
Move in day!
Find out what timemove in begins, and get thereearly. Most schools have returning students help incoming studentscarry things to their rooms. It isbest to get them early in the day while they’re rested to carry yourimportant possessions. Also if your student is going to have a roommate it is best to get thereﬁrst to claim your space.Dorm rooms are typically quitesmall, so getting them organizedfrom the beginning will make for a smooth transition from highschool to collegiate work.Use clear over
door shoe racksto hold small items. The cubbiesare great for holding tooth paste,extra toiletries, small snack items,and of course shoes.Purchase plastic organizers for your student’s desk. I recommendsmall plastic bins that are actually made for the kitchen. Target sellsthem in multipacks that piecetogether. They will help keeppens, pencils, and miscellaneoussupplies orderly. The most important thing is toestablish a clutter
free workspace,regardless of the products you buy.
Where’s it all going to live?
There are a number of productsthat you can buy to maximize yourcloset space. A clothes folder will make sureclothes are folded uniformly and will fit more into a closet ordrawer. A set of drawers like the ones onthe next page from Elfa are a greatcloset addition. They come in
THE JOYFUL ORGANIZER’S ® JULY 2009 NEWSLETTER
College dorm rooms often have extra long twinbeds. Note, these are di
erent than regulartwin beds. As a matter of fact, they are ﬁveinches longer, enough to prevent your regulartwin sheets from ﬁtting.Many stores and designers have recognized theneed for extra long twin sheets and they arebecoming easier to ﬁnd. However, they can beseasonal. So make sure you buy enough sets tolast you at least a year in the dorms!Want to know where to ﬁnd X
Long sheets?Email us!