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Fall dorm move-in vs. Spring move-out

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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22985 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Thumper I got the same benefit with a kid 2000 miles away and the same disadvantage with the one 2.5 hours away. Unfortunately the one 2000 miles away is a minamalist and only has a few tubs of belongings and the one who brings it all home has enough stuff for herself and 3 other kids. Just my luck.
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5467 replies103 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Speaking of crap.....We still have a garage bay filled with the apartment stuff brought home after graduation last May, with much of it originally in my dining room through summer. Of course our german car sits outside the garage....to clarify, my son had 3 foreign room mates for 3 years - athletes - who came to college with a single trash bag of clothes and a tennis bag, and left with the same stuff. We had furnished the apartment for all of them, and as an added bonus, got to bring it all back with us. Craigslist anyone?
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  • mom2andmom2and 2870 replies19 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Heading out as well this weekend. I doubt anything will be packed. However, with a very small dorm room I am not anticipating much more stuff than he had in August. They will be carts available and supposedly parking nearby. The cleaning time will likely be similar to the putting away time in the beginning. Time for checking out, saying goodbye, using those last swipes. I figure it will take 3-4 hours from start to finish. Unless your kid has accumulated mountains of crap, it shouldn't be as bad as some fear. But it is frustrating to find nothing packed.

    Garbage bags, duffles, plastic bins all work. Don't forget blankets to wrap up the TV or other delicate things.

    Good luck to all. I really can't believe freshman year is over.!
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  • anomanderanomander 1678 replies4 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Now you guys are making me feel bad. I had vacation time all scheduled to drive out with W to pick up D at the end of year. But just got notice of a mandatory week-long meeting I have to attend instead so W has to do the pick-up on her own. :(
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  • SESeattleSESeattle 23 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My D goes to school out of state, but the Box-It-Up service could work for students getting home via car too. The student signs up for boxes, tape and labels to be delivered to the dorm - when the boxes are packed, they pick them up and store them over the summer - delivered to new dorm in the Fall. Why bring home stuff that could stay at school? The cost was very reasonable.
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  • PheebersPheebers 613 replies25 threadsRegistered User Member
    Now you guys are making me feel bad. I had vacation time all scheduled to drive out with W to pick up D at the end of year. But just got notice of a mandatory week-long meeting I have to attend instead so W has to do the pick-up on her own.

    @anomander I wouldn't necessarily worry and don't feel guilty! Move-outs don't HAVE to be bad, it's all about the kid. I had tons of stuff at college, but I'm hyper-organized. By the time my parents showed up everything was packed, stacked neatly in a corner & labeled. It took about 30 min to get out, and that's because we opted to wait for the elevator. I acknowledge that I'm weird and unusual, but there's a happy medium. It doesn't have to be awful. Communicate with your D -- there's no reason things like tchotchkes and spare sheets can't be packed in advance even if she's worried about finals. 10 minutes of packing is actually a very good break from studying. :)
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  • SlackerMomMDSlackerMomMD 3085 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Box-It-Up sounds wonderful but when I google it, only Occidental is mentioned. Most of these types of services are available to large universities or schools in a major metropolitan area. Students in small LACs in the middle of nowhere often don't have these services available, nor do all small LACs necessarily have storage facilities.
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  • SESeattleSESeattle 23 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I know there are several other companies that offer that. At Oxy, the summer storage is off campus.
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  • CorinthianCorinthian 1788 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm grateful to those who recommended the IKEA Frakta shopping bags. I ordered a set of 10 size Large from Amazon for $19.99 and they're being delivered to the Amazon Locker on D's campus tomorrow. I like them because they are soft sided, making for an easier time fitting them in a car than a cardboard box, plus they zip up so no need for packing tape, plus they have handles for carrying them from the dorm to the car. D's LAC is bringing a company on campus for Fri/Sat of move out weekend that will box and ship, but I suspect that gets very pricey, like going to the local UPS Store franchise.
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  • b1ggreencab1ggreenca 540 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
    Like others, I really appreciate the mention of the Frakta bags. I need the zippered ones, since my son's stuff is going to be stored over the summer. I have an Ikea about an hour away and in a few minutes am taking a road trip with a friend to see the bags in person--planning to buy many and send them off myself. Happy trails!
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  • suzy100suzy100 5695 replies58 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Thanks for the reminder, @Corinthian! I just ordered some as well, and had them sent to my D along with a small care package from Amazon. No excuse for her not to at least start packing before I arrive!
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  • youceeyoucee 1312 replies0 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The large Frakta bags don't have zippers according to the Q&A in the Amazon product listing. The extra large do, but they are more expensive than from the Ikea site (don't get Prime that way though).
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12878 replies242 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Box-It-Up sounds wonderful but when I google it, only Occidental is mentioned. Most of these types of services are available to large universities or schools in a major metropolitan area. Students in small LACs in the middle of nowhere often don't have these services available, nor do all small LACs necessarily have storage facilities.

    Poke around the college web site or ask your kid. D's LAC has a local company that offers that but it's not called that name. Service is the same though.
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  • PheebersPheebers 613 replies25 threadsRegistered User Member
    @corinthian are you sure you got the ones that zip up for that price? If so, could you please post a link? :)
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12878 replies242 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ the large 10 for $20 are not zip up, they're the open top ones. Still probably very useful, maybe moreso for some.
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  • CorinthianCorinthian 1788 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited April 2016
    Oops. Drat. I messed up. I tried to cancel the order on Amazon but may be too late. Maybe this is what comes of being helicopter, lol.
    edited April 2016
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  • ordinarylivesordinarylives 3173 replies43 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Joining you all in the Ikea Bag Buy Bonanza. Sent a pack of 4 (with zippers) to the college kid. Sent 2 zippered and two open topped (for moving grocery items) to the kid who is moving to a new apartment this summer. She has a big-girl job, so if they're great, she can buy more herself!
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