Top 5 Storage Tips for College Students


Female college student

Wow. Where has the summer gone? In just a few weeks, summer break will be over and thousands of college students will pack up their belongings and head back to school. Unfortunately, moving can be a pain in the tookus for everyone involved.

Before you load up a fleet of cars with tons of crap, take a minute or two to read through a few moving and storage tips courtesy of the Chicago Tribune to save yourself some time (and a few headaches) when moving. Trust us – it’s worth it.

  1. Condense: If you’ve ever seen an episode of Saved by the Bell: The College Years you know that college apartments and dorm rooms are pretty small. Add a roommate or two and you’re really limited on space. Therefore, the Tribune recommends you “pare things down by considering what you need most.” Bring the clothing and items you will wear and use regularly and leave everything else at home.
  2. Tackle packing bit by bit: Save yourself the stress of packing at the last minute by starting early and creating “a running list of items you need to bring but are unable to pack until it’s time to leave.” It’s also a good idea to keep a box open to add additional items as they come to mind. On moving day, make sure you’re prepared by having sturdy boxes, packing supplies, markers, and moving blankets and dollies on hand.
  3. Mark and group: Clearly label the outside of boxes as you pack and try to include a general list of their contents. You might also want to consider putting your name on it. Moving day on campus can get a little crazy and there are sure to be boxes everywhere.
  4. Plan ahead: Need a moving truck? Book one at least two weeks in advance to ensure you have one for the big day. A 12- or 16-foot truck should do the trick.
  5. Safety and security: If you’re driving a moving truck, take extra precautions. They are big and awkward and tougher to maneuver than a smaller car. Also, be sure to park in well-lit areas and keep the doors locked to protect your belongings from scumbags.

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35 comments
MikeReynolds13
MikeReynolds13

I can attest that dorm rooms have very little storage space. Tip number one really addresses this problem. If you can can make the effort to condense what you own, then is is much easier to store the important things in your room. Everything else can go into a storage unit. 

TyroneBobbyJoeHill
TyroneBobbyJoeHill

I remember how stressful moving and storing all my stuff was in college. I wish I had known to "mark and group" everything I packed, like you suggested. Unfortunately I just threw everything together and it ended up being much harder than it had to be. Now that my daughter's getting ready to leave for college, I'm doing everything I can to make sure she's taken care of. I'm looking for some good providers of storage and moving supplies. I want it to be as simple as possible for her.

LevyRedfox
LevyRedfox

These are some really great tips for people who are heading of to college. I liked that you talked about marking and grouping your stuff. Doing that is going to make unpacking really easy. It seems like if you have a lot of stuff it might be a good idea to look into a storage unit where you can keep your extra stuff. 

RandyBradford
RandyBradford

Michael, I could see how tip number three about marking and grouping everything might help you in the long run. Being able to know what box your things are in seems like it could help you get it out quickly. Especially when you are keeping your things in a storage unit. I have a friend who just moved some of his things into a storage unit and this might have been good advice for him. 

Jeffybridge
Jeffybridge

Great storage tips! I quickly learned how little storage I would have while at college. Luckily I had my own room, even though it was really small. The key is to condense. Don't take your whole life collection with you.


JamesHarvon
JamesHarvon

I remember my college days of storing things under my bed to make more room. It was basically the only storage area that I had. Using a storage unit would certainly provide a lot more room. They can be especially useful if you have a gap between move out dates and moving in dates. 

correysmith321
correysmith321

Back in my freshman year of college I was stuck with a lot of stuff that just filled my whole dorm. It was quite a relieve when a roommate of mine mentioned to me about a self storage unit around town. I guess he mentioned that mainly because he was tired of me bringing in so many things into the dorm. 

James Lisbon
James Lisbon

The part that mentioned planning ahead seemed relevant in something like this.   The other part that stuck out to me was when it said to mark and group your things.   It would probably be something that could require some research to see if it fits your needs.

emilysmith47876
emilysmith47876

Thank you so much for the tips on moving. I like the tip to plan ahead. If you don't plan ahead, then you will be stressed when you do move. Trust me, I know. That is why I am planning for my move in July now. I am actually moving my business to a new location and I have a lot of documents that need to be stored in a safe place. Is there such a thing as a record storage where I could place all my business records until the business is moved into the new place?

CameronRobertson
CameronRobertson

I don't think college students should be accumulating too many things in storage. Once they start working they'll be able to afford QUALITY stuff so better wait til then!

Gary Puntman
Gary Puntman

When I was a college student I always dreaded moving all of my stuff back home for the summer.  It would have been so much nicer if I was able to just store my things in a storage unit for the summer.  I wish I would have thought of this back then!

quintrent13
quintrent13

With my sister being a college student, these five storage tips will really help her out. That way she will be able to store her things more long term. Then she will never have to worry about her things taking up too much space in her small apartment.

James Lisbon
James Lisbon

Self storage seems like it could be a good idea depending on the situation.   I liked the part that mentioned marking your things so that you know where they are.   Keeping track of things, especially while in college, is probably a good idea, as well as storing them securely.

rbenson1
rbenson1

My daughter is getting ready to go to college next fall and has already started thinking about how to get all her stuff to college.  I really like your tip to only pack the things you will use regularly.  We would have never thought of renting a storage unit to use until she can move into her dorm room.  

robbhardy3
robbhardy3

I think it's always necessary to condense. We always gather a lot of stuff and don't get rid of it. I'd say that when we move is when we are most okay with getting rid of things. 


Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson

Your second tip about tackling the packing bit by bit is super helpful. When I have been thinking about all the things I need to put into boxes and take to my storage unit, I just get stressed. It also seems like it wouldn't be a very efficient way to pack if you are trying to get everything done super fast. I guess I need to calm down a little about getting everything done.  

tedsmith575
tedsmith575

I agree that moving is a pain. The tips listed in this article on how to move are great. I really like the tip to get a self storage unit. That way you can have a large space for all of your stuff, and have full access to it whenever you want. The next time I move I will definitely consider renting a self storage unit. 

kelseyhiggins
kelseyhiggins

I love the tip about packing bit by bit. When I moved down to college, while excited, I was still a bit in denial about leaving my family and friends behind, so I procrastinate packing until the day before I moved! Needless to say, that was a long night of packing! Ever since then, I have made sure to start packing up early whenever I have a move ahead of me. As I got older, I found that investing in a storage unit made packing much easier because I didn't have to constantly pack and unpack those things that I rarely use or don't have space for. 

CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Good point about looking at storage units when moving.  I go home for the summer but don't want to move all my stuff back home every summer.  Renting a storage unit would probably make things a lot easier.  Thanks for the tips!


sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

You're right: condensing everything is a good idea. Even if you won't be in the dorms, chances are good that you'll end up someplace small. Small isn't bad, it just means that you need to bring less stuff. Thanks for these tips and reminders, it's always good to figure these things out before moving everything over!

PavlosLambardi
PavlosLambardi

Thank you guys so much for the great information. I've been looking all over the place for ways to store my things a little better. Sadly, I really haven't found much. At this point I think I'm just going to get myself a storage unit. I just feel like that would be the best way to clear up some space. 


LaceyRockwell1
LaceyRockwell1

I am getting married soon, and my soon-to-be husband will be moving into my apartment. It isn't huge, but it's in a great location. We have been trying to figure out how everything is going to fit. After lots of time trying to place everything, I think we should get a small storage unit. We would have more space, and our apartment wouldn't be super cluttered. 


ShellWhip
ShellWhip

@LaceyRockwell1 My husband and I did that when we combined houses. We stored everything for 6 months until we really figured out what we needed. Then we had a big garage sale with the items we didn't need/want. Organization is key though when using a storage unit!

bryanflake1984
bryanflake1984

This is a really great idea.  My wife and I are becoming empty nesters and are considering putting our kids' stuff in a storage unit.  We love them, we just want to get rid of the clutter.  I'd like to get a storage unit long term and at a great price.


James Lisbon
James Lisbon

I liked when you mentioned that making safety and security should be one of the higher priorities for college students when it comes to storing things.   Also, the part that talked about marking and grouping also seemed relevant so that students don't misplace certain things.   It seems like whatever students decide to do, they probably have a fair amount of things to pack and store away.  I wonder if getting a storage unit could be applicable for students. 

JaxWillis23
JaxWillis23

It's definitely a good idea to condense the things you have. It can be very difficult to fit even the necessities into a college apartment. When you try to add extra things it can get difficult. I think these are all good tips to follow. You can do a lot of different things to make this happen. Getting a storage unit is one option for sure.


WalterKowalski
WalterKowalski

Thank you for the advice. I will be starting college in the fall and like you said, dorm rooms have limited space. I'll need to keep some of my stuff in a mini storage unit and I want to keep it as organized as possible. I'll be sure to remember the tip about labeling the boxes with their content.

JamesClarkson
JamesClarkson

While watching Saved by the Bell: The College Years I always found it very funny that they had such small dorm rooms. It wasn't until college that I learned this is the reality of college living spaces. Finding space to put all of your things can be challenging, but it can be done. Having a storage unit has provided the extra space I needed for seasonal items, such as winter clothes. It also provides a great place to leave a resort kit that is always packed and ready for that Spring Break getaway.


Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson

Wow, these are some really great tips for college students. Every time I move into a new apartment for college I have to figure out a new way to store my stuff. I am really liking your tip about marking and grouping, this always has been something I struggle with. I will just put things in any place it can fit and then when I need the thing I can't find it. It seems like there are some really great ways to store your stuff.


CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Great idea about tackling the packing and storage bit by bit.  I know I get stressed when I try and pack everything at once.  When I can dedicate just an hour a day to it, I will do a much more thorough job and can make sure I am not packing stuff I don't really need.  Thanks for the storage tips, they will be really helpful as I pack for college.


garybirtles14
garybirtles14

I think tip number three is very important. I just moved and am using a storage unit for the time being. I've had to make various trips to my storage unit to get things out. It would be a nightmare if I hadn't labeled the boxes. It makes life a lot easier when things are organized.

AshleyReed
AshleyReed

I wish I could still leave things at home when I move. I usually condense everything by giving a lot of it away. I don't think I ever really left things at home before either. I think storage units are really great for things you want to keep but don't have room for.

KentClark1
KentClark1

@AshleyReed I agree. I try to give things to younger siblings. If you want to keep your stuff, though, storage units are definitely the way to go. I just don't know if I have enough stuff to justify storing it.

KentClark1
KentClark1

As a college student, I'm finding that there are a lot of things that I have and can't fit inside of my tiny apartment. A storage unit would be very useful.

ShellWhip
ShellWhip

Thank goodness I don't have to worry about this for about 7 years.