1. Sort out What You Want to Bring
2. Coordinate with Your Roommate
3. Familiarize Yourself with Sites That Offer Free Shipping
I grew up in the Midwest and spent my elementary years learning what to do in case of a tornado. Not even six months after moving to the west coast, we had a 6.8 earthquake. I had no idea what to do in an earthquake! A tornado, sure, earthquake, nope. My husband tells the story of watching his first tornado warning unfold on TV his freshman year. Again, he was caught off guard. Familiarize yourself with your area and know what to do in an emergency.
4. Know Your Area
5. Consider Furniture Rental
Calling two states home requires some flexibility. We don't have the luxury of storage space during the summer months. What our son can't fit in a suitcase under 50 pounds, just won't make the cut. That bed? Nope. A sofa? No way! But that doesn't mean we don't want him to be comfortable while he's living at school.CORT Furniture Rental
provides furniture on-demand. It's there when he needs it, gone when he doesn't. CORT has student packages starting at $119/mo.
Trust me, I'm not against used furniture. Craigslist is one of my favorite buying sites, but when you have limited time as a student to get adjusted to a new living space, not to mention limited transportation options, this is a no brainer for me. Plus, at the end of the year, he can simply call them and have the furniture removed. That's one less thing he needs to worry about when he should be studying for finals. I'm all for exploring your options to rent furniture.
6. Work Smarter Not HarderCollege kids have enough to worry about. The kids going to school out of state have an added layer of responsibility. They are learning to be independent in totally new territory. Sign up for apps that can help organize and take on the burden of some of those new responsibilities. CORT has a partnership with SimpleBills that is pretty amazing! SimpleBills has an app and on-line feature that allows you to split and pay bills easily with roommates. SimpleBills receives the utility bill, can pay it and will invoice your roommates for their portion of the utility bill once a month. It's as easy as that!
This time of life is exciting! It's full of possibility and the future is bright. Best of luck to you on this next chapter.