Stack. Store. Hide: Solutions for Your Small Space
It’s a problem college students have been tackling for generations: how to fit a year’s worth of books, clothes, linens, equipment, and other necessities into a space no bigger than a monk’s cell. If you’re a parent on a budget with a college-bound student, here are a few timely tips.
Use the following as your packing-for-college guide.
- Find out what’s included in your son or daughter’s dorm room. Many dorms have built-in beds, shelving and desks, and some won’t let you bring your own furniture.
- Use a footlocker-style trunk and stackable interlocking plastic crates to transport items. A stackable storage locker is a great, affordable solution for storing clothing and extra linens — and can double as a coffee table.
- If your student will be going home on breaks, pack only the clothes needed for the next few months. Fill in gaps and adjust for the seasons in spurts.
- Studying, after all — along with a lot of social activities, of course — is the whole point of college. So, include magnetic or Velcro memo boards to help keep track of deadlines and key information. Top a dorm-issue desk with a hutch for handy access to the ever-growing collection of textbooks.
- Most important, get organized. Maximize closet space with multi-tiered racks, hangers and shoe organizers. A home organization kit or two multiplies storage for sweaters and pants in an instant. Set up a loft bed if you can to create an under-bed space for a desk.
A final tip? Find the Walmart closest to campus. You’ll want to direct future purchases there via Site to Store, so your student can pick items you may have forgotten.– Dan Henry, Contributing Writer, Walmart.com.
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