The College Lifestyle: What to Store?

After three or four years of college, you’re going to have accumulated a good amount of times.

But are you really going to need some of those clothes again? What about the textbooks, the handouts, and all of the other things you get in class? Moving all of these items back home, then back to the dorm, then back home again can get tiring.

A better solution may be to get a storage unit for winter and summer breaks so you can keep the items you know you may need close to your dorm or apartment.

Before you do that, though, you need to determine what items you might randomly need and what you don’t. Decluttering your dorm or apartment isn’t always easy, but it can give you extra room.

Before you get started, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the amount of stuff in your room/apartment too much?
  • Do you need to have some free space at a specific time (parents coming to visit, etc.)?
  • Do you need to store stuff elsewhere temporarily?
  • How much time do you have to go through things and decide what you need and what you don’t?

Using a self-storage facility near campus can provide a number of benefits:

  • You can go to the storage facility and get what you need whenever it’s convenient to you. If you realize you need one of your old textbooks, just run over to the storage unit and grab it.
  • You can swap out your seasonal clothing when you need it.
  • You can put your furniture in storage when you’re going on break.
  • You can quickly remove items from your dorm/apartment when you need extra space.
  • You can store items until you have time to sell them online.

If you’ve determined that a storage unit is a good idea, there are a few things to remember.

  • Storage facilities located near campuses tend to get booked up in the late spring as students look for places to store items over summer break. Make sure you book yours in advance so that doesn’t happen.
  • Remember to wash your clothing and blankets before storing them.
  • Make sure all of your items are properly wrapped and stored to prevent damage.
  • Leave space between your boxes for ventilation. If you’re storing a mini-fridge, make sure the door is open so mildew can’t build up inside of it.
  • If you’re storing a television, computer equipment, or a video game system, consider getting a climate-controlled unit to protect the sensitive electronics.

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