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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year”

Just a few thoughts on getting your freshman those extra few precious inches of storage in their new dorm.

Just like the song says, it is the most wonderful time of year! I know that this phrase is usually saved for Christmas, but back to school really takes the prize.  As the mom of four, I’ve seen the gamut, from the first day of pre-school to graduation day of college. 

Let me just say the first day of pre-school is a lot easier than the first day of college, mostly because in pre-school they don’t “know everything” like they do in college and you get to choose the outfit and take the picture!

The other day, I was talking to a friend who is getting ready to send a niece off to college and was going dorm shopping.  Of course, I gave her the warning “you don’t really need what you think you do”, “she’ll never use that rain poncho”, “yes, got talked into one of those”.   My friend came home with way more than she mentally committed to.  I told her that when my son was going off for the first time I asked a seasoned “freshman“ what was the most important thing she brought to school?  Her answer surprised me; bed risers!  My reaction; what are those?

So, of course I took her advice and that’s what we got.  I must say they were a lifesaver and thought about buying some for every bed in the house.  What’s great about the risers is you can store triple what a dorm room offers in storage space. 

On my second go around I discovered the “thin” hangers and, just like the commercial said, it used one third of the space.  Bam, I scored again.  Between my bed risers, another set of four per leg purchased, and my hangers, I was the Rock Star in the building.  Everyone’s parents were coming down the hall to see what I had done to the room.   I was the talk of “Move-In” day.  It was very cool to have my 15 minutes on stage!  Even my son thought I rocked!

Since I’m not the first nor will I be the last parent to send their child off to college, I know there are lots of hints and ideas to share.  Got hints?  Let me know, working on the third son's applications as we speak.  Yikes, by the time I’m done, I’ll have to get geriatric advice on how to carry all their “precious possessions” up those multiple flights of stairs while using my cane. 

And don’t forget the quarters for the washing machine: I’ve paid to have dirty clothes flown home, just to pay to fly them back!

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Clawson Architects, LLC August 09, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Bed Bath and Beyond has locations in/near most college towns. You don't have to cart it all there. You can place your order on line and have it waiting for you. The risers are a great idea but were not necessary because the updated dorm rooms had adjustable beds that allowed for a custom height. My daughter found the beds to be super hard and the plastic coating very hot. I recommend the foam egg crate mattress topper. Bed Bath and Beyond was also great about exchanging the opened risers for the mattress topper...use a credit card or save receipts and you will be able to take back what you don't need.
Jane Yager-Baumrind August 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
You are so right about BB&B. I used their system my second time around when he chose the west coast and there was no way of getting it all there. Worked like a charm and don't forget to pack your coupons, you do the actually purchasing at pick up location. You can use one for every item you buy. So keep collecting. OK, you got me on the risers. It was quite a few years ago, I'm aging myself, and they were king back in the day. I'm now hearing life in a dorm has greatly been updated and they are not needed. As far as the egg crate mattress topper, we went that route in the beginning and then went for the memory foam mattress topper, looks like a mattress pad. Think we just put on top of egg crate. That was a home run! Good news is they clean easily in a washer too. Sadly, my son had fractured his back in a surfing accident a few years before and those beds were criminal to his back. Glad to hear you had a great experience getting you daughter off to college, now the fun begins!
Catherine Bach August 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Why would somebody waste money shipping someone's dirty clothes? You must have a great paying job.
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
You forgot to mention where the best asbestos suits can be purchased for all the kids in Woodbridge.

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