Hear from our experts: Top packing tips for your next home move

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Moving season is on the horizon, and if you’re someone who is thinking about a move in 2021, now is the time to start thinking ahead and planning for it.

Two crucial things we tell our customers they should focus on as a move approaches is packing and organization. If you have a good grasp and plan on your packing process, chances are you’re going to have a positive moving experience. However, the idea of packing can seem like a daunting task – and deservedly so. It requires good planning, proper packing supplies, organization like we mentioned above, and time to roll up your sleeves and get it done.

We’re here to help! We offer a full-line of packing supplies that are guaranteed to cover all of your packing needs, and we can even pack for you! Our moving teams are also trained to pack an entire home or just a few rooms.

In the meantime, here are some of our best packing tips to help you get a jump on the process.

Plan ahead!

We’ll keep repeating this for the rest of time – planning ahead will make your move easier. Tackle the packing that needs to be done little by little, day by day, so you don’t have to do it all at once.

Pack things room by room

This builds off the point above, but going room by room is a solid way to take things in stride and chip away at the packing process. It will also help you keep your belongings more organized and give you some room for error should you need to re-pack something.

Label everything

The last thing you want is to arrive at your new home and not know where something is because you forgot to label the box. Be sure to accurately label each box you are packing up with what’s inside and where it needs to go. This will help both you and the moving teams transporting the boxes.

Keep items protected

Proper packing supplies can play a huge role in the safety of your belongings during transport. Using quality moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper will prevent damages as they’re loaded and unloaded from one house to the next.

Here’s a good packing reminder to keep items safe: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. This prevents items from falling out of the bottom.

For even more expert packing tips, here are a few of the best ones we’ve heard from our frontline moving experts – the ones who do the moving and packing each and every day!

“Have all of your loose items boxed up and packed away, and also make sure to label the boxes. Make sure to have a game plan for unpacking the boxes, too.” – Shawn – Operations Manager – Lorain-Medina, Ohio

“With your packed boxes, take them all into the garage. It’s going to save a lot of time for us with the move and will also save you some money on your bill at the end of the move.” – Anthony – Team Lead – Lincoln, Nebraska

For more details on the types of packing services and packing supplies that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to offer customers, visit our website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Holiday décor still on display? Use these 4 helpful packing tips to safely pack them away for the season.

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Just like that, the holidays have somehow passed us by and now we’re gearing up for the rest of the winter months as we head into 2021.

Although the holidays were a bit different than most years, there’s still a good chance that some decorations and other holiday items were brought out around the home to bring some holiday cheer. Whether it’s decorations, furniture that needs to be rearranged, or just determining what to do with old items you’re replacing with new gifts – packing away the holiday season can be tiresome.

Thankfully, we’re here to point you in the right direction with a few packing and storage tips to make the process a little more manageable.

Develop a plan

When completing a packing job, it’s always best to come up with a plan that you can follow and execute. Packing is a process, and not always a quick endeavor. It’s important to keep this in mind as you go along.

Assess the areas where you will be packing stuff away, pick a starting point, and go room-by-room throughout your home or business. This will help you tackle the packing process in chunks, and will help you stay organized.

Pack with efficiency

This is another extremely important thing to keep in mind when packing. Holiday decorations and other items of that nature tend to be a little more fragile, so using care while packing is a must to prevent them from breaking.

Use professional packing supplies to keep everything safe and protected. Packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap go great with quality moving boxes to help keep your items from breaking during packing and when they go into storage. This also makes it even easier for the next holiday season when you’re unpacking and putting out your décor.

Need packing supplies? Give us a call! We offer a full-line of packing supplies to fit any need.

Use professional moving boxes

Building off the point above, high-quality moving boxes are ideal for safety and protection. They stack nicely and ensure your items will be protected as they are stored for the year.

Quality moving boxes – like the ones we offer to customers – will give you the peace of mind that your keepsakes are packed away safely as they’re put into a closest, attic, basement, or storage area. Be sure to label these boxes accurately so that next holiday season, you know where everything is.

Rearranging or putting furniture back into storage

If you displayed extra furniture for more seating during the holidays, that means you’ll need to get it back into storage at some point. Or you might need an extra hand with rearranging it in your home.

Regardless of the type of furniture you have – don’t move more than you can handle. If you have too much or something too heavy to move, give us a call – our movers can come to your home and move whatever you need! This includes moving items around within your home or to a storage facility.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Top 4 professional packing tips for your upcoming move

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People ask us all the time about the best ways to get prepared for an upcoming move. Our answer? Proper packing!

Packing is vital to any move, and will make a difference in not only how fast and efficient moving day goes for you, but also how easy the post-move process is as you adjust to your new home or business. Being prepared for your move starts with packing and organizing so that come moving day, your moving team can come in and promptly begin loading up the moving truck.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been doing this moving and packing thing for some time, and we’ve seen all of the way customers should – and should not – go about a move.

Check out our best packing tips below to help you get started for your next home, apartment, college, or even business move!

Get started early!

This is the best step to planning ahead with your move. If you can get packing out of the way early in the process, you’ll eliminate a massive amount of moving day stress.

Create a plan for packing, go room-by-room, and tackle a little bit of the process each day as you work toward move day. Use this moving day check list to get you on the right track!

Protect your belongings

There’s no point in packing if you’re items aren’t safe and protected. The best way to keep everything safe is by using proper packing supplies such as bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, and moving boxes.

A good tip to remember while packing up your belongings: the heavier the item is, the smaller the box should be.

Pack by room

As we mentioned above, it’s ideal to pack room-by-room. This will help not only keep similar items together, but will also help you in keeping track of where everything is and will help the movers load and unload boxes and furniture in a more organized fashion.

Label everything

You’re probably reading that and thinking “that’s obvious”, but it’s worth mentioning still! If you forget to label your boxes with what’s inside, you’re going to be scrambling and digging through boxes at your new home.

Clearly and accurately label each box so that both you and the moving team know what’s in the box and where it belongs on moving day. If you label the contents inside, this will also help you during the unpacking process, in knowing what you should unpack quickly in your new home, and what can wait a little longer.

Here are some moving tips from the moving pros at our franchises – the ones who live in the world of moving each and every day!

“Have all of your loose items boxed up and packed away, and also make sure to label the boxes. Make sure to have a game plan for unpacking the boxes, too.” – Shawn – Operations Manager – Lorain-Medina, Ohio

“With your packed boxes, take them all into the garage. It’s going to save a lot of time for us with the move and will also save you some money on your bill at the end of the move.” – Anthony – Team Lead – Lincoln, Nebraska

For more details on the types of packing services and packing supplies that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to offer customers, visit our website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Preparing for an upcoming move? Use these simple, expert packing tips as you prepare

Over the course of our 35 years in business, it’s safe to say we’ve learned a thing or two about packing and the proper preparation it can take to complete an efficient and stress-free home move.

Being prepared makes all the difference– specifically by being packed and ready to go which will make your moving day experience go so much smoother.

Don’t believe us? Hear it right from our moving experts!

“Have all of your loose items boxed up and packed away, and also make sure to label the boxes. Make sure to have a game plan for unpacking the boxes, too.” – Shawn – Operations Manager – Lorain-Medina, Ohio

“With your packed boxes, take them all into the garage. It’s going to save a lot of time for us with the move and will also save you some money on your bill at the end of the move.” Anthony – Team Lead – Lincoln, Nebraska

Thankfully, when it comes to packing – you aren’t on your own! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is here to help in any way you need.

We offer a full-range of packing services and packing supplies for our customers that are sure to meet any need. If you want, our professionally-trained movers can come right to your home or business and pack as little or as much as you need so you can focus on more important things. If you want to handle the packing on your own, you can order from our packing supplies line that includes moving boxes, packing paper, packing  paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, markers, and more. We can even deliver them right to your home!

The help doesn’t stop there, either. Check out these helpful packing tips that are sure to make your moving experience stress-free!

Plan ahead

There’s no substitute for proper planning. If you’re able to get a jump on the packing process prior to moving day, it will make your whole moving experience better.

Create a plan, go room-by-room, and take on a little bit each day as you work toward moving day.

Keep items protected

Using the proper packing supplies when moving your items makes a huge difference in keeping your belongings protected during the moving process. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper ensure items that are easily breakable, or electronics, stay safe.

Here’s a good reminder: the heavier the item you are moving, the smaller the box should be. This will prevent the bottom of the box from breaking out when moving.

Organize by room

As you’re packing up room-by-room through your house, be sure to keep boxes from the same room together and label them. This will make it easier to determine what is what, and will also let the movers know how they should pack them onto the truck.

Label as much as you can

It may seem obvious, but you wouldn’t believe the difference that labeling can make in the chaos of a home move. Accurately label each box while packing so everyone involved knows what is in the box and where it should go.

For more details on the types of packing services and packing supplies that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to offer customers, visit our website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Use these top packing tips to get a head start on the moving process

Did you know that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers packing services and a full-range of packing supplies?

Even though we’ve made our name in the world of home moving, we’re also professionally trained in packing services, too – and we can also offer any type of packing supply you need if you decide to do it yourself!

When you call your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise, you can purchase a wide variety of moving boxes, specialty moving boxes, or packing supplies like packing page, tissue paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and markers for labeling.

With these moving and packing supplies ready at your disposal, you’ll be able to handle your upcoming move with ease! If you are looking at everything you’re packing and are thinking “I don’t want to do this”, give your local franchise a call, and their professionally-trained movers will come out and do as little or as much packing as you need.

For those who want to do the packing themselves, we’ve come up with a few helpful packing tips over the years that should get you started on the right track. Follow along!

Plan ahead

The best tip for packing? Get started early. You don’t want to get caught realizing you haven’t done enough packing leading up to move day, especially when movers are on the way. Create a plan for packing, go room-by-room, and tackle a little bit of the process day-by-day leading up to the move.

Don’t mix up items from different rooms

When you’re packing up your home, keep things organized by room. This makes it easier when you’re unpacking at your new home and figuring out where certain items will go. This goes a long way in eliminating confusion.

Keep your items protected

It’s crucial to use proper packing supplies on delicate or breakable items to keep them protected. This means using packing paper or bubble wrap to ensure breakables and electronics survive the move untouched.

Also remember, the heavier the item, the smaller the box. The last thing you want is to load a box that’s too heavy, and the bottom to break. For more detailed packing tips, click here.

Label everything

Something that might seem simple at the surface is actually one of the most important steps of packing. Be sure to accurately and clearly label each box while packing so that movers know where to place them in your new home, and you know what’s inside as you unpack.

 

For more details on the types of packing services and packing supplies that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to offer customers, visit our website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Use these 4 holiday packing tips to ease your holiday fatigue

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With the bustling holiday season now behind us, that means the fun decorations and lights must come down and get packed into storage for the next 11 months until it’s time to do it again!

Although it’s not always an enjoyable task (hence why we still see Christmas lights in February!) but with the proper planning and execution, it doesn’t have to be such a burden.

We’ve put together a few quick and helpful tips to make the holiday season clean up a breeze.

Have a plan

Taking down the holiday decorations and getting everything moved and packed can’t be finished in 20 minutes – it takes time and planning to get the job done right and to get those breakable items stored away safe and sound.

Examine your current situation, pick a place to start, and go room-by-room as you take everything down, carefully and efficiently wrapping and packing them away. This will also help when it comes to organizing your belongings in storage.

Boxes, boxes, boxes

There’s no such thing as “too many” boxes, especially around the holidays, and that’s why it’s important to have an abundance on-hand to ensure everything has a place to go.

Boxes will provide enough space to keep everything, and will also make moving items into a closet or storage that much easier and organized. Be sure to label each box so that when next year comes, you can find exactly what you’re looking for!

Put away that extra furniture

Chances are that at some point during the holiday season, you had to get out extra furniture to accommodate for guests during holiday parties and visits. Whether this furniture will be moved into another room, a closet, the garage, or storage – be sure to only move what you can handle.

If there is too much to move or something that is too heavy, give our movers a call – they’re happy to help you move items in your home!

Pack with a purpose

Even more so than normal, packing away holiday items requires extra care and attention to detail, as these are often specialty items that can be fragile or easily broken. Remember to use proper packing supplies like packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap to protect those ornaments and decorations as they go back into boxes. It’s also a good idea to pack ornaments in our specialty dish pack box where there are sections that are perfect for wrapped ornaments.

Always keep in mind, the heavier the items, the smaller the box. Be For additional packing tips from our moving professionals, click here.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving tips for military members

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we are all about giving back to our community and helping to move people forward in life. This is especially true with our veterans, and we make sure to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this county and allow us to do we what we do each day.

This is especially true when it comes to providing moving services for active military members, and we try to deliver the absolute best moving services possible for those about to serve, currently serving, or those who may be finishing up their time in the military. While many of the basic aspects of the moving process translate to a military move, there are some minor details that must be taken into consideration to ensure the move goes smoothly.

Thankfully, the “Movers Who Care®” at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK have put together some important moving tips for military members so when it comes time to make your next step, you have all the resources and planning taken care of.

Pack with efficiency

Packing can sometimes be the difference between a successful move and a disaster, and taking the time to pack properly will take a ton of stress off your shoulders and keep the entire process moving along as you relocate to your new home.

Start by labeling all of your boxes so there is no confusion as to where any of your belongings are. Try to organize boxes by keeping items of the highest importance together so that when you get to your new spot, you are able to access them quickly. Be sure to check with the military base you are moving to on their restrictions or guidelines of what is and isn’t allowed on the premises so you aren’t forced to part with something unexpectedly.

Stay organized

For many active military members, moving can become an all too frequent process, and you can find yourself jumping from city to city based on your assignments.

This creates an even greater significance on staying organized with your belongings, as you’ll want to keep yourself on track and not get lost in clutter from place to place. Determine what items are useful at your next place and what items are no longer needed, and toss the unwanted stuff.

Pay attention to pricing options

When it comes to moving as a member of the military, you are given the option of buying or renting your own place, but the pricing options can vary.

Your housing is paid for to an extent, but what allowance you receive depends if you live on or off the base. If you decide to live on the base, they will usually take your entire allowance and allow you to live there without requiring payment for rent or bills If you choose to live off-base, anything you pay for that goes over your allowance comes out of pocket.

Find out what type of housing option works best for you financially, and make the necessary arrangements.

Give yourself extra time

In order for movers to get on a military base, their moving trucks are going to be thoroughly examined by security, and this will often add in extra time. It’s important to plan with this in mind, especially when being charge by the hour for your moving services.

Talk with your moving company and find out what their rates are to ensure there are no surprises come moving time.

Be prepared if you’re going international

This goes without saying, but if your military move involves relocating to a new country, there’s quite a bit of extra planning that wouldn’t normally come with a local home move.

Some things to keep in mind as you relocate to a new country:

-Longer time frames for delivering and receiving your items

-Language barriers

-Relocating your vehicle

Along with this, there are plenty of other factors that come into play, so it’s important to be up-to-date with the regulations of your new country, and with your new military base.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we put a heavy emphasis on helping and giving back to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to this country. From our Movers for Military campaign in the fall to employing numerous veterans, we feel it’s our duty to make sure these brave men and women are taken care of.

If you’re looking to complete an upcoming military move, give us a call! We’d love to help get you on your way and show you why we are known as the “Movers Who Care®”.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Stay prepared during your home move with these overlooked moving essentials

 

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The process of home moving is one of the more stressful situations in life, and can be full of obstacles along the way as you plan out how you’ll get all of your belongings from one place to the next. Being proactive prior to move day can greatly alleviate this stress, and make the entire process seamless.

Everyone knows when it comes to moving, you need boxes and packing supplies, but what about the overlooked moving essentials? These often consist of things that are entirely necessary, but can become an afterthought as you work to organize your move.

Fortunately, as the “Movers Who Care®”, we have more than 30 years of experience in the moving industry, and know just what you need to have handy in order to make your move a breeze! Follow along with this helpful tip sheet so you have everything you need at your new home.

Cleaning supplies

Moving items into a new home can create quite the mess, and the last thing you want is to settle into a dirty home. Make sure you have the basic cleaning supplies on hand such as cleaning spray, Clorox wipes, rags and sponges, dishwater and laundry soap, and toilet cleaner.

Cords and chargers

It’s no secret the world revolves electronics, and you want to make sure you have access to these when moving. Bring all the necessary chargers for your electronic items, and extension cords for convenience.

Batteries

From clocks to remotes and everything in between, you’d be amazed at how many objects in your home still use batteries. Make sure you have enough to match these items, and plenty of backups for the future.

Tool kit

This is an absolute must-have when moving into a new home. Whether it’s fixing something, assembling furniture, or hanging décor on the walls – you’re going to want tools around to help you get the job done.

Moving checklist

Organization is key! Have a detailed outline of everything you plan on moving and where you want it to go to prevent leaving something of importance behind.

Plastic bags

There always seems to be a need for plastic bags, especially when moving. They are available for storing, carrying items, organizing, or gathering up unwanted objects for removal.

Bubble wrap and plastic sheeting

Protection for your belongings is crucial, and that’s where the bubble wrap comes into play. Use plastic sheeting to cover your carpets or furniture to help keep them clean as your items get moved in.

Markers and stickers

Use markers or color-coated stickers to keep track of everything and label your moving boxes. This will alert you to where important items are, and can keep you on track with your moving checklist.

Toilet paper/paper towels

Both of these always come in handy, and you’d rather have them and not need them then to need them and not have them.

Food and drinks

Moving in can be tough! Make sure there are plenty of snacks and water on hand as you organize your new home – hydration is key.

 

We hope this list of overlooked essential moving items is helpful to you as you complete your home moving process. If you’re looking to complete a move in the future, give us a call! We are the leaders of the moving industry, and specializing in moving our customers forward with a level of customer service that is unparalleled in the moving industry!

Use our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locator to find the location nearest you, and find out how the “Movers Who Care®” can assist you with your home relocation.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Utilizing space to create storage in your new college dorm room

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Written by Anna Stephens

For many college freshmen, the transition to college is a massive shock because of all the free time you get in between classes, the cafeteria food, and the distance from home. But why doesn’t anyone warn you about the shock of having no storage when you move in to your dorm? Most dorms only have a bed, a dresser, and a small closet. Throw your roommate into the mix, and you’re left with half a closet and two drawers to store all of your belongings in. For some, this is manageable, but for those who tend to over pack (most people!), this simply isn’t enough space.

Our advice is to ensure everything you own has its own space, so the floor doesn’t become an ocean of clothes and random items. Creating enough storage takes serious creativity, and from personal experience and our own research, we’ve created handy storage ideas that will make your dorm room seem bigger.

  1. Sneaky storage. Areas underneath the bed and under the futon are full of storage potential. Depending on how high the bed and futons are off the ground, you can place smaller boxes or storage containers in the space under them filled with essential items. As you plan for your room, note the ideal color, material, and size box for this area. If you love DIYs, use a cardboard box and decorate it with wrapping paper. Another tip is to use labels for these boxes, as it’s easy to forget where everything is stored amongst the move-in chaos.
  2. Bathroom storage. Get a plastic shower caddy to keep all of your toiletries together. This will make it much easier and faster on your trips to and from the bathroom. It’ll also keep all small bathroom items, like toothpaste and shampoo bottles, organized and out of the way.
  3. Closet storage. Maximize the space in your closet by creating a two-level closet. You can purchase a closet rod that comes with hooks to attach to the top rod. This way, your top closet rod can be for your tops, and the bottom rod can be for your bottoms. Another handy hanging item is an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer. All of your shoes will be off the ground and your floors will be clear. Lastly, you can purchase foldable hanging sweater shelves so you have more space to hang items in your closet. This is convenient for foldable clothes that are too bulky to put in your dresser.
  4. Night stand/TV stand storage. Small night stands/TV stands are inexpensive and easy to assemble. These often are paired with square foldable storage bins that go in the different compartments of the night stand. They come in several colors, so they’ll match your décor and offer more places to store your stuff.
  5. Seat storage. Purchase furniture and décor that will serve more than one purpose. You can buy inexpensive cubicle ottomans that open in just about any color and material. These are great places to store items, and also serve as a comfy chair or foot rest.
  6. Drawer storage. In the dresser, you can place foldable dividers so you have separate compartments within each drawer. This will maximize the efficiency of each drawer so you can fill the entire space.

Our best advice is to look for deals along the way. Make a list far in advance of the items you need to purchase for your dorm and make a budget. Scope out different stores for special college deals and do some research online. Remember: the cleaner the space is, the bigger it’ll feel.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to help with all of your college moving and storage needs. We also offer professional packing services and boxes and supplies to help take the stress out of moving.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Ease the stress of college moving with these expert packing tips

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Project by Anna Stephens and Cathryn Armstrong

The moving process can be extremely stressful, especially when it comes to packing up and moving away to college, for some, even leaving home for the first time and being on their own.. Moving into a dorm room can be hectic, and making sure you’re properly packed is essential to easing the stress of moving and unpacking.

With over 30 years of moving experience, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to packing, and we are here to help you as you move on to the collegiate world. We offer a wide variety of boxes and packing supplies to supplement your move, ensuring you’re able to get all of your personal belongings to your new destination safe and secure.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes are built to endure your toughest moves and keep your belongings intact. The last thing you want to deal with on college move-in day is broken items, and our specialty moving boxes will help eliminate any mishaps with your belongings. This box is called the Dish Pack box, and is available for purchase at your local franchise. The dimensions are 18 x 18 x 28, or 5.25 cubic feet, and we have packed it full of college essentials. This box will hold the majority of your belongings, saving you trips to and from the car. This is extremely beneficial since most colleges limit your unloading time on move-in day.

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Here is a complete list of everything we put in this box, and in the correct order we packed it:

  1. Throw blanket. Small blankets are very convenient for a drafty dorm room and are easy to throw in the narrow dorm washing machines.
  2. Towel. Brighten up the bland dorm bathrooms with a vibrant towel.
  3. Hand towel. Wash this weekly to prevent germ multiplication. Make sure it matches your bath towel!
  4. Bath mat. Use this in your bathroom for a soft landing after your shower or as a door mat for your shoes.
  5. Decorative pillow. Great way to add a comfortable and personalized touch to your bed or futon.
  6. Neck pillow. This comes in handy if you’re planning on traveling somewhere during the school year. Or, for a quick nap at the library.
  7. Desk lamp. You’re going to want this for late night study sessions. Make sure to take the lightbulb out and place it in a protected container.
  8. Little fan. Dorm rooms can get stuffy! A little breeze makes sleeping much more comfortable. The noise of fans will also help drown out any loud neighbors.
  9. Bongo. Impress your friends with your musical talent!
  10. Scrapbook. This is a great little thing to have in your dorm when you start to miss home or want to show your new friends some of your favorite memories.
  11. Binders. Stay organized from the get-go.
  12. First aid kit. Accidents happen more often than you’d think! Be sure to pack this.
  13. Iron. No one likes a crinkly shirt! Especially when you have a formal event to attend.
  14. Travel toiletries bag. If you ever need to head out of town for a weekend, you’ll need this!
  15. Purse. If you can resist, only bring one or two.
  16. Decorative cork boards. They’re super cheap, easy to hang, and you can arrange them any way you want. Bring photos or memorabilia and push pins to decorate them once they’re hung up.
  17. Hair dryer. Limp hair is not in, FYI.
  18. Hair brushes. Tame your mane.
  19. Laundry supplies. Get detergent for your colors and whites!
  20. Air freshener. Inevitably something will smell weird in your room. Pick a nice scent to cover it up. Coconut scent is better than the smell of abandoned turkey sandwiches left under the bed.
  21. Board games. This is a great way to break the ice with the new people you’ll meet, and an excuse to invite people over!
  22. Umbrella. It’s difficult to think of a situation more miserable than getting soaked on a walk to class. Carry this thing with you everywhere.
  23. Twinkle lights. Add some ambiance to your dorm to make it cozy.
  24. Crate. This can be tucked under your bed, next to your bed, in your TV stand, really anywhere! It’s nice storage for the little things such as staples, erasers, extra writing utensils, etc.
  25. Hats. Have some baseball hats for the outdoor activities you’ll participate in.
  26. Favorite stuffed animal. No shame! It’s nice to have a cuddle buddy.
  27. Books. Reading will help you unwind at the end of a long day. Or, if you’re like me, it’ll help you fall asleep instantly.
  28. Office supplies. Stock up on pencils, colorful pens, paperclips, staplers, etc.
  29. Calculator. Bring batteries that the calculator requires. Some professors offer no empathy toward a panicked test taker with a dead calculator.
  30. Hangers. Hanging clothes is the easiest way to keep them fresh and neat.
  31. Chargers. Bring chargers for your phone, computer, or any gadget that requires charging.
  32. Q-tips. These come in handy for your personal hygiene as well as manicure fixes (you’re welcome.)
  33. Picture frames. Easy and cheap way to decorate your desk!
  34. Ukulele. Has anyone ever said they don’t like the way ukuleles sound?

 

Whew! Told you it could fit a lot of stuff!! Take note that we placed the softer, but bulkier items, at the bottom of the box, as this provides a cushion for the items you place above it. Next, place items strategically in order to maximize the number of items that will fit in your box. The more fragile items like picture frames and clock should be toward the top so there isn’t too much pressure on them. The smaller items like chargers, socks, etc., should go in a bigger bag like the pencil case and crate so you don’t lose them. In general, bigger boxes like this one, should be filled with lighter items so it’s easier to lift. Smaller boxes are best for heavy items to ease the lifting process. You can view the box size options available, here.

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