Getting Your Teen Moved In To College

It's the saddest day of your life. It's also the happiest day of your life. Your baby is ready to go away to school, and you're lost and scared, and thrilled and proud. It's moving day!

Getting junior off to college is a lot of work. There are endless forms and documentation, traveling for campus review sessions, entrance tests and the dreaded checks to write. The work continues with gathering the supplies, transporting all his stuff, and setting the dorm room up.

Dorm rooms are small and stuff tends to get crowded. Many long-term friendships can not survive sharing close quarters under the stress of school and part-time work responsibilities. Remember when you pack for junior – less is more.

Start with a few moving boxes and other moving supplies. Consciously limit what you pack to items that are functional and practical, while reserving a little space for the fun and the comfortable. When packing fragile items like framed wall posters or desk lamps, considering getting some moving blankets to help protect the fragile items during transport. Do not forget to bring your screwdriver set and fasteners or you'll find yourself making a run to the store soon after you arrive.

Other helpful items during move-in include a broom and dust pan, cleaning spray and paper towels, and some light bulbs. These things will help you start off right in the new space, which may have been vacant during the summer (and therefore a little dusty and musty)

Getting – and staying – organized is one way to keep your sanity. Take your first step by purchasing some moving supplies and moving blankets to help get you and junior on your way. And bring along the tissues, you're going to need them.