Preparing Your Child to Move out for School
Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday when you were sending your child off on their first day of kindergarten? Fast forward several years later, you are helping them prepare for life after high school and sending them away for college or university. It is an emotional time for both you, your child, and the rest of the family. There is a lot involved in helping your child to move out for the first time. We at XYZ Storage want this to be a seamless experience for everyone which is why we came up with a few helpful tips.
Let’s Go Shopping
The amount of work it takes to prepare your child for living on their own and away from home is a lot. You’re thinking about how they will cook for themselves, if they’ll have enough closet space, and if they even know how to do their laundry. The best you can do before they take off is to make sure that they have all the essentials to set them up in their dorm room or apartment. Make an extensive list of all the essentials that they will need during the school year. This way you can make sure that you don’t forget anything important.
Here are some key essentials that your child may need during their time away for school:
For the Bedroom:
- Mattress pad for extra comfort and support
- Extra blankets for those cold nights
- Plenty of clothes hangers
- Pillows and bed sheets (buy extras too!)
- Storage containers to stay organized
For the Bathroom:
- Towels and face cloths
- Flip flops for the shower
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Laundry bag for easy storage
- Shower caddy
For the Kitchen:
- Dishes, utensils, and cups
- Pots and pans
Now that everything has been bought the real question is how are you going to lug it all to the apartment or student housing? Lucky you, if you are able to fit everything in one car and able to make only trip. However, if you have to bring extra bulky furniture or just need the extra space in a vehicle then think about renting a truck. Remember, we at XYZ Storage have truck rentals for you to pick from as well as moving supplies just in case you need extra boxes for the move! Trust me, you can never have too many boxes. The more you have the better prepared you’ll be when you need extras. We pride ourselves in being your one-stop-shop during this experience.
Prepare Yourself (And Your Home)
As much as you want to prepare your child for leaving your home and going away for school you must prepare yourself. From the moment your child got that offer letter to that school over 200 km away to helping them unpack and saying goodbye it’s an emotional rollercoaster. It’s a huge transition from seeing your child every day and asking them “how was school?” to struggling to talk to them for ten minutes because they are busy studying. Be proud and excited for them as they embark on this new adventure into young adulthood. Be their one phone call away if they have questions about how to do laundry or simply just miss home!
On the bright side, if you ever wanted to have a home office or a gym this is your chance to take advantage of the extra space you have. You might want to think about turning your child’s bedroom into a space that you can use while they are away for school. Still don’t have enough space to do so? You can store anything from their furniture to their bags of clothes they left behind. If you need a place to store their belongings for the time being, then looking into storing with us today: http://xyz4.rita.ca/storage-locations/. XYZ Storage will provide a safe and secure place for your child’s belongings while they are away. We look forward to serving you!