It's about a month until move-in for us here in south Florida. UCF fall semester officially starts on August 20th, which means that planning what to bring and what to leave at your parent's house has begun. This daunting task can be made easier with a few hours of planning and time deciding what you really need rather than what you want.
Not only school supplies and cute outfits, if you're moving into an apartment, you also have to plan what you're bringing into that apartment. It can be daunting, especially since it seems like a great idea to bring everything you own to whichever apartment you are moving to. Which is, by the way, a terrible idea. Trust me you do not need all those shoes or those clothes nor do you need a salt shaker shaped like a dinosaur. Want it? Yes. Need it? No.
Packing for college is a bit like organizing. Make a pile of things you have to take with you like your laptop and its accessories, your phone, its accessories, and enough clothes to last you a week. Then comes kitchen-ware. You are going to need two of everything - plates, cups, etc. This way you can go at least one day without washing your dishes, but no more. Your roommates will thank you for that. If you are planning to cook, then you will need one pot and one pan. No more. Seriously it not only saves regarding cost but also makes you clean a lot sooner, which is an excellent practice as it keeps everyone happy. Also, remember all of the clothes you bring are also all of the clothes you have to clean.
One thing you will need a surplus of is electrical outlets. It seems silly but having extra outlets is a lifesaver! One with surge protector thanks to Floridas crazy weather. We use up a lot of electronics we often don't realize how many outlets we really need.
Also, bring extra pillows - for some reason I never have enough pillows. I am not sure if that's just a me-thing since I sleep with at least three pillows at all times, or if everyone needs a surplus of pillows. However, having extra pillows is really helpful when you are trying to relax late at night and need something to rest your back against something. I personally think extra pillows and extra blankets can never go wrong.
Moving to a new place is an excellent opportunity to revamp your style and how you express yourself in your own space. Find some inspiration on Pinterest see what you can work with. However, remember everything you buy and put in your room you have to clean. It is very tempting to go all out and buy a bunch of new things to stuff into your new apartment. However, you must remember that everything you move into a place you have to remove from the new apartment. Something I am finding to be easier said than done.
Enjoy the excitement of move-in day and enjoy the adventures you will have and, of course, welcome new Knights!