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Gracious Girl's Guide to moving to the dorm

Graduation Season is here which means recent graduates will be heading off to college.

The Transition from home life to dorm life can be overwhelming for students and families.

This is where The Container Store college shop and dorm experts are here to help!

Here are a few tips from The Container Store, Organization Experts for getting the college bound students in your life organized and set for a successful start in the Fall.

Here’s how to get started...

Make a List

By making a list of items you want to take with you to school, you're less likely to forget something important! Your dorm will likely provide you with a list, or we have a handy list that can help you as you plan out what you need to bring.

Keep in mind - it's not necessary to list and pack certain things, like your winter sweaters, if you'll be coming home for a visit shortly after school begins. Make sure you include items that might not be so obvious, like cleaning supplies, a sewing kit, tools, plastic dinnerware and silverware.

Be sure to include toiletries and linens that you know you'll need. And you'll want photos or special keepsakes that will make your new space feel like home!

Things to Do

Next, keep in mind several “to-dos” that you need to take care of before you leave.

First, let your friends and family know your new mailing address, phone number (if applicable) and student email address.

Also, be sure to communicate with your roommate about who will bring shared items such as a microwave, refrigerator and television so you don’t end up with duplicates!

It’s also a good time to get a calendar so you can keep track of important dates like move-in and your class schedule, once it is released.

Next, check with the housing office about guidelines for electronic equipment, appliances and decorations in your dorm room. A big restriction in most dorms in their policy about damaging the walls. Most dorms won’t let you nail or damage the walls. However, you can still add storage, and personality, with adhesive hooks or strips!

Prepare to Pack

Our biggest advice in packing for college is to pack everything you can inside your storage containers.

This will save on the number of moving boxes you'll need. Plus, you can use the containers once you get to school to organize your belongings!

You can also use collapsible containers to pack your things. This allows you to either use them to store stuff once you get to school or fold them down for easy storage since you’ll need them again when it’s time to move out.

For more step by step tips and tricks, watch MORE Good Day Oregon.

Copyright © 2016 Mindy Lockard Gracious Living


Mindy Lockard is a nationally recognized etiquette expert and the founder of Mindy Lockard Gracious Living.

You can see more tips and advice from Mindy on #TheGraciousGirlsGuide on More Good Day Oregon and at


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