We’re getting closer to C-Day for Operation Take My Daughter to College. C-Day is the day that deployment (departure) begins. (Can you tell I worked in transportation when I was in the military?). One of the biggest challenges facing parents is how to pack and load all the stuff your child wants to take to college. We’ve started packing my daughter’s belongings and I thought I’d share some simple tips on how to pack clothes for moving to college.
We’ll pack my daughter’s summer clothes in her suitcases since she’ll be using those clothing items up until the day we leave. But her fall and winter clothes can easily be packed up early. I like these banker’s boxes for packing and moving. They’re small enough that even if you load them down, you’ll be able to pick them up and carry them without much trouble. The built-in handles are key. Plus they stack so nicely and neatly.
We started by separating her clothes into piles: fall items, early winter (lighter weight winter items), sweaters (heavy winter sweaters) and coats. This will allow her to store the boxes away for the first couple of months and then just access a box as she needs it.
I packed one category in each box. I took the time to refold each item so that if was as wide as the box to maximize space. I filed them so she can simply open the box and pull out the item she wants (no pawing through a pile to find what you want is on the very bottom).
Be sure to label each box clearly. I used removable labels so that she can reuse these boxes to pack away her summer clothes. I could have used a label maker, but I want her to have a piece of home when she sees mama’s handwriting on the labels in a couple of months.
My daughter is even considering stacking 2 or 3 of these boxes as a nightstand. She’s looking for a pretty piece of fabric to dress up her storage box nightstand. I think she has a brilliant idea since storage space will be at a premium in her dorm room and we live too far away to pick stuff up. She has to live with all of it all year-long.