It’s hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to a close! For a lot of folks, that means that it’s time to head back to school. Parents will be sending their little ones for their first day at kindergarten, teenagers will be entering high school as freshmen, and a whole lot of soon-to-be college students will be moving out to start their lives at a university. This is a big deal for families. It’s a fresh and exciting (and even scary!) time for the students, and it’s an emotional whirlwind for the parents. The last thing anyone needs during this time is the stress of a big move!

Luckily, Big G Movers is here for all the moving help you could need. We’re located in New Jersey, but we offer cross-country moving help as well. We want to provide you with more than just physical moving help; we also want to provide information that will help your move be as stress-free as possible. That is exactly what we’ll be doing in today’s blog. We’ll be taking a look at several tips and tricks for moving to college. Big G Movers has the information you need. So, let’s take a look at some things that can help with the big move to college. And, when you’re done reading our blog, be sure to contact Big G Movers for the best moving help in New Jersey.

Organize for Success

Whether this is your very first time or you’re a total veteran at moving to new places, the most important piece of advice for a smooth move is to organize, organize, organize. Having a plan for your move can make all the difference in the world. Organization will help reduce stress and it’ll allow you to spend more time focusing on what really matters: saying goodbye and getting excited for all of the new experiences. This holds true for parents as well as college-students-to-be.

Organization isn’t just an important skill for the classroom (though it’s certainly important there!). It’s an invaluable life skill that will help in many arenas — including your move. One of the most important aspects to organizing your move is planning out what you should take with you and what should be left at home. A lot of first-year college students will be living in dorm rooms, which aren’t exactly the roomiest of rooms. This means that you’ll have to judicious about what to take with you. Speaking of which . . .

Stay Mindful of What and How You’re Packing

Organization is key, yes. And part of that is being deliberate about what you bring with you to your new space. It will be tempting to bring along a lot of decorations or sentimental items. But — and this is especially true for tight spaces like dorm rooms — you will want to stick mostly to the essentials. Of course, certain sentimental items might be essential as well. But, in general, you will want to pack only what has practical value for your living situation.

Knowing what will or won’t have practical value will require some thought, reflection, and planning. You can talk to other people who have lived in similar situations as you and ask what items proved to be game changers during their time there. But knowing what you’re packing isn’t enough. You will also want to stay mindful of how you’re packing. Just like organization, careful packing will save you from a good deal of stress in the future. Not only will it make unpacking significantly easier, but it will also guard against breaking or losing your belongings. The moving help from Big G also extends to a packing service, so don’t hesitate to reach out and leave the packing to the professionals.

Get a Sense of the Space and the Moving Schedule

How can you know what to move and how to pack it if you don’t know what your living space will look like? As mentioned, dorm rooms are often cramped — but not always. You can reach out to your university to get a floor plan of your dorm. You will also want to know if you’ll be sharing the space with a roommate. All of these will help determine what you should be packing and why.

So, you’ve got a sense of your dorm or your apartment. Next, you will want to find out about the best times for moving in. College campuses can be extremely overwhelming on moving day. That’s because hundreds or even thousands of families can be visiting on the same day. Contact the campus to find out what day and time would be best to avoid the crowds. Unfortunately, the crowds are sometimes unavoidable when moving into a dorm because there is a very limited stretch of time for moving in. On the other hand, if you’re moving into a space near campus, perhaps an apartment or a house, then you might have more flexibility for successfully avoiding the crowds.

Don’t Buy All New Stuff

You’re about to start a new phase of your life. This can be both scary and exciting. All of this newness can add up to a desire to purge all your old belongings and start with a bunch of brand new stuff. As mentioned above, while it’s true that you don’t want to overdo it with packing your old belongings, you also don’t want to stress yourself out and clutter your space with a bunch of new stuff. Not only will this prove to be extremely expensive, but there’s no reason to add onto your schedule a bunch of shopping trips when you might have perfectly good stuff that you can take with you from home. 

On top of all of that, if you find yourself in a situation where you’ll have a roommate, then they might be bringing precisely the stuff that you’re thinking about buying! You should pack now and shop later, that way you can assess what you still need and talk it over with your roommate.

Moving Help in New Jersey

Of course, this is just the very beginning. As summer comes to a close and you get ready for a new start on a college campus, be sure to do the appropriate planning. Big G Movers is here to help. Contact us with any questions, help with packing, and even prep for your big cross-country move!