Summer break is just around the corner and parents of college aged kids are wondering where all of their stuff will go. Chances are there are beds, dressers, desks, clothes, shoes, technology items, and about anything else you can imagine. We’ve got a few tips to help this process go a little smoother for you.
First of all, be sure you find out how much stuff your college aged kid actually has, as this will help you plan accordingly. Organizing all of the stuff your college aged kid comes home with, does not have to be difficult. If you have a deep closet, this may be the prime place for storing out of season shoes and clothes. If you do not have a deep closet, invest in storage tubs which can be stacked in the corner of a room that is not used very often. Stacked tubs also work great for extra bedding, towels, and rugs. It’s also a good idea to label each tub, as this will make the process of moving back out much easier once Fall rolls around.
Find Storage Options
If you have kept a spare bedroom in your home and do not have room for your college aged kids bed or dresser you will want to find a dry area to store these heavier items. If your home is small, you may need to carve out a small corner of an existing bedroom. For three months, this will work.
Make Their Technology Accessable
Now, if your college aged kid loves technology, welcome it. This may be the prime time for you to learn how to operate a fancy new gadget or two. If your college aged kid has a television that needs to come back home for the summer, go ahead and use it. Chances are, it may be the clearest, nicest view in your whole house.
Rent A Storage Unit
If your college aged kid is not driving home with all of their stuff, your family may be money ahead by renting a storage unit over the summer. It is not cheap to ship items through the mail or through the airlines. There may be onsite storage available at your kid’s college, which is worth checking into. If there is no onsite storage available, check out the storage facilities near the college. Many offer special rates for college kids, as they know they are often short term customers.
Most importantly, welcome your college aged kid home for the summer and enjoy the time that you have together as a family. Those college years are memorable ones and often the most productive. Embrace the changes for the next few months and make this summer a memorable one for you and your family.
How have you addressed your college kid moving back into the house for break? Tell us in the comments below!