Students Coming Home: How to Make Room in the Nest
While you’re happy to have them home, you definitely didn’t miss the mess. Your empty nest fills up quicker than you realize, since your bouncing baby returns with impossibly more items than they used to have. From clothes to equipment, school supplies, and even the odd piece of dorm furniture. Luckily, there are ways to help organize the chaos that is a student returning from college.
First, prioritize items while unpacking. Keep out summer clothes, instruments, sports equipment, and any decorations that need to be transferred to their room. All mini fridges, microwaves, and other gear can be packed away for the long trip back in the fall. When putting items in storage, you want to invest in an economical solution that will also guard against any weather related mishaps. For this, we recommend simple Rubbermaid containers and stackable tubs. By keeping seasonal clothes and infrequently used (or superfluous) items in these small storage bins, you localize the clutter to one area.
The next step is to consider how you’ll keep all of these tubs organized. It doesn’t make sense to invest in a storage solution that will become obsolete as soon as your child returns to school. Instead, consider an option that won’t take up much space when not in use, yet can be reconfigured for each summer return.