Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How to Store Your College Kid's Belongings


The return of summertime also means that your college kids are packing up their dorm rooms and getting ready to move back into your house for the summer until the next school year starts up. While it may be great to have them back in your home and be able to catch up with your child, what is not so great is the fact that they usually bring a large load of laundry and all of the decors that they had set up in their dorm room. Having your child back for the summer is great, but it creates a predicament when you now have to figure out what to do with all of their stuff. A lot of times it makes sense to move their belongings into a unit for storage Shreveport LA residents trust, while other things may need to get thrown out.

You're glad to see your child, but maybe not so happy to see all of their belongings. Below are a few things you can do to store your college kid's stuff when they come home for the summer.


Put their stuff in three different piles
Before they even come home, have your child separate all of their stuff into three different piles: keep, store, toss. Some of their stuff can come home with them and be used in their own bedrooms as decoration and, of course, their clothes can be put back into their closets. However, there are some things like desks or mattresses that probably need to go into a small storage unit until the next semester starts back up. There might be some things that they never even used during the school year which means they are not likely to use it in the coming year. This means the stuff can be put in the trash pile or donated.

Let family use their tech pieces
Instead of storing away the TVs that they bring home, or trying to find a place in the basement to stick it, put it in a place in the home where you can use it. It can give you something else to play with during the summer, and if it is already taking up space in your home, you might as well use it while you have it.

Add in a storage area in an existing bedroom
If you have a spare bedroom or some extra corner space in an existing bedroom, you can make the most out of every piece of the room and really create some extra storage space. You can do this by getting a small shelving unit where you can store all of their extra notebooks, textbooks, and little knickknacks. Add in an extra closet rod where you can hang up the clothes that comes home with them and some decorative hooks where they can hang up their book bags and/or their purses that they bring home. You do not need too much space to install all of this. You can get nice, high-quality looking stuff that makes it look as decorative as it is functional for what you need. It may not be the best or most attractive solution, but it will most definitely work well enough for two or three months until they go back to school.

Get storage boxes that slide under the bed
There are plenty of storage containers that are long, but very thin, with wheels on the bottom. You can fit everything from their wall pictures, book bags, clothes, shoes, laptops, books, and more into these bags and store them under a bed or couch in your house where it is out of sight and out of mind. These boxes actually store much more than you would think they would. Once they are closed and rolled under a bed, you would never know that they were there. They also seal so as to protect their clothes from getting a musty smell or getting dusty while they are stored away until they go back to school.

Having your kids home from college and being able to spend time with them after they have been gone away at school for a year is nothing short of a blessing. However, you might need to find a few ways to get creative to store their belongings away so your house is not cluttered and overrun by dorm stuff until they go back the next semester.

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