In one week I’m moving into my college dorm early to participate in a pre-college-get you ready for college-here’s five credits kids-get acquainted to college program and as such I have begun (and finished!) the college packing process. Packing is tough. Consolidating my 17 years of random clothes, old toys, books, and junk has been a difficult, overwhelming experience. I started packing my clothes (plus random doo dads) last Monday.
I organized my clothes into five different piles: keep, donate, sell, leave behind, trash. I kept clothes that I wear pretty often (i.e. the three outfits I wear everyday, like I’m a cartoon character) and clothes that I like. The clothes I chose to donate were clothes that were gently used items that I never planned on wearing again or hadn’t worn in an age.A subset of that pile is the sell pile. In my city there’s a local consignment store that you can sell clothes almost new clothing or designer items. I don’t really have any designer clothes to sell, but I do plan to sell my Levi jeans that I bought like four years ago. The leaving behind pile was probably the most difficult pile to organize. Being decisive in clothes I only wear when I travel or they aren’t in season or they’re speciality clothes was hard to distinguish from the clothes that I should just donate. The clothes that got left behind were my snowboarding jacket, travel clothes,and some random high school memorabilia in case I get nostalgic 20 years from now. The clothes that went into the trash pile, which was actually quite difficult because the idea of throwing something away that I paid money for is not something I’m used to, were the clothes that were beyond gently used either because they were too stained or worn to be donated.
Once I got organized with the piles, the clothes I kept were pretty much in a heap on the middle of the floor. My original plan had been to take the clothes and put them in plastic bins, but since I have no idea what my dorm looks like, I’m going to wait on buying storage items until I move in next week. In lieu of plastic bins, I went to Lowe’s and bought five cardboard boxes (four small, one large) to put my clothes in. However, it wasn’t really smooth sailing once I got the boxes. What should I take? How many clothes does one person need? Should I bring all my clothes now? I’m going to an in-state college, so if need be I can just stop at home and get any clothes that I’ve forgotten. But that’s sort of a hassle and would require me to leave more stuff that would take up more room, so I decided to take all of the clothes I will need for the year (photographed below).
My year long essentials are outerwear, cardigans, heavier cardigans, dresses, sweatshirts, exercise wear, shorts, pajama shirts, pajama pants, skirts, thick sweater, t-shirts, light sweater, thin shirts, thick leggings, and jeans. These clothes will suit the finicky, leaning towards rainy and cold weather of the city my college is located. I took all the clothes and other things I planned on bringing and sorted them into the five boxes I had and this is what I ended up with!
I think for packing it’s important to only bring clothes that you know that you’re going to wear. While it’s nice to plan for the style that one would ideally dress, college packing requires discretion and decision making in packing clothes. However, if my college was out of state, I probably would have brought less clothes and packed more seasonally, so during breaks I could swap out my fall clothes for winter clothes. I would recommend checking out the weather for the city where your college is to find out what clothes fit the weather. Also, fashion and college bloggers that live where your college are can and bloggers in general can give you great advice for their clothing essentials.
I’m almost ready for college move in! Now what’s left is to buy things for my dorm and back to school supplies.
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