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Stack. Store. Hide: Solutions for Your Small Space

Stack. Store. Hide: Solutions for Your Small Space

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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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