Thursday, August 11, 2016

Move In Day Essentials!

So sorry for the delay in posts on the blog so far this week! Usually when I come back to school my wifi connects immediately and is ready to roll when it comes to uploading blog content as well as videos. This year however that has not been the case which is why there has been a lack of updates! Gotta love trips to IT where they tell you that in order to access the school wifi you need to update to a new operating system but you have no wifi to get to that...clearly not the biggest fan of the struggle that has been internet connection.

But the most important part of that little rant is that I am officially back on campus for the school year. It is so weird coming back before everyone else (Ed Majors have to come back 2 weeks early to start school with their elementary school classroom placement). I moved in starting on Saturday and could not get over the fact that this is my last time moving into a place on my college campus. Before I become one of those people who wallows in every college last I thought it could be helpful to share some of my college move in day must haves with y'all since I do have a bit of experience!

So, here are my move in day must haves that ensure that the entirety of the move in process is a bit more seamless.

Command Hooks
While hanging pictures may not be at the top of your to-do list on  the day of the move they are so nice to have on hand so that when you're nearing the end of the day and all that is left to do is hang pictures you can quickly get that done without having to take a trip to the store first! 

Do not put these at the bottom of a box. You will use these all day long to cut tags off of new items, cut into boxes, and just about everything else. Leave these on your desk and be prepared to reach for them often.

Toilet Paper
I don't care if you're moving into a place with a community style bathroom it is never a bad thing to have a little bit of toilet paper on hand. Move in day you'll be chugging water and inevitably need to use the bathroom and having a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom will make that less awkward.

Clorox Wipes
Whenever I move into a new place I like to be able to wipe down the surfaces even when they've supposedly already been cleaned. Clorox wipes are definitely the easiest way to do this since you don't have to worry about a separate paper towel and spray combo.

Small Tool Kit
Not saying you'll necessarily need this but if you do you'll be thankful to have this on hand. A hammer, screwdriver, and tools of that nature are needed to put some things together and are also good to have on hand for unexpected move in day projects as well. 

I don't know about y'all but once I start moving things I just want it done and don't necessarily want to stop and take breaks to eat. That is not the best mindset especially since moving in is tedious hard work and being fed is important. Keep some snacks packed with protein around to give you that boost you're going to need! 

You're bound to forget some things so having a notepad out will help you keep track of what you need to purchase when you finally do have time to venture to the store. 

I know I already mentioned that it's hot but I'll say it again. College move in days are usually in August which means it's bound to be a bit warmer out. Pack a lot of cold water and drink it! You've got to stay hydrated especially if you're moving heavy stuff up and down flights of stairs like I did! 


Back to cleaning, I know! Give your space a nice vacuum before putting everything in the space and again after you've rid your space of all of the boxes that are inevitable when it comes to moving!

I hope this list helps any of you headed off to move into college soon! I'd love to hear any of your other move in day essentials. The one thing that I didn't list but probably should've is a good attitude. There are bound to be parts of the day that don't go exactly your way. Your furniture may not fit the way you want it to or your roommate may take the closet you want but don't let that ruin your excitement of being in a new place. Be appreciative of those people that love you enough to come and help you (because let's face it moving is not fun) and try not to take your nerves of starting a new year take over! Best of luck! 


  1. This was so helpful! I move into my dorm in 2 weeks and I'm so excited!

    Ashley //

  2. Excellent advice! Next year I'll be in your shoes. Senior year scares me because I don't want college to end. But best of luck on your senior year!
    XO, Kate

  3. Excellent advice! Next year I'll be in your shoes. Senior year scares me because I don't want college to end. But best of luck on your senior year!
    XO, Kate

  4. This is extremely helpful because I'll be moving in 3 weeks and I am so nervous!

  5. This was so helpful for me because I'm moving into my freshman year dorm in a couple weeks and I have no idea what to expect!
    Gracie Simmons //

  6. These are awesome suggestions- I'm a rising senior in high school so I'll definitely be saving this for next summer!


  7. I know this is going to sound weird, but this list (maybe minus the TP!) sounds like the list of things I needed as a teacher moving into my first classroom this year! It's funny how things like that repeat themselves!

    xoxo, SS

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