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3 Downsizing Lessons You Can Learn from The Moving College Student

Shona Schmall - Friday, August 04, 2017

It is estimated that there are around 20 million college students in the United States. Around this time, many of them are packing up all of their belongings to move into a -- probably tiny -- dorm room or apartment. In fact, most college students, end up having to move in and out of their residence every summer for as long as they attend college. That’s a lot of moving!

Although the transitions of college residency and downsizing later in life are very different, there are many similarities in the moving process and three key things downsizers can learn from the moving college student!

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is one of the most important parts of moving into college. For a student, planning ahead might mean finding somewhere to stash their large furniture for the summer so they can bring a lighter load home. Or it could be learning what the college provides versus what they have to bring for themselves. If they do not plan ahead accordingly, they could end up forgetting to bring necessities, running around last minute, or spending more money than they originally planned.

Similarly, planning ahead is key to downsizing. Planning ahead when you are downsizing can save you from last minute stress and ensures that you are prepared when the time comes. When downsizing, planning ahead can mean looking at numerous housing options before you are committed. Doing this gives you have an idea of what is available before you have to make the important decisions. Just like a college student, planning ahead leaves you prepared for changes and can even help you avoid unexpected financial strain.

Consider the Necessities

When a college student is moving from their home to a small dorm room, they are forced to take a step back and decide what they need to bring. They may have grown up in a bedroom twice the size of their new room. Making the choice between what to bring, what to get rid of, and what to store can be very challenging, but it simplifies life and ensures you don’t try to cram too many things into a smaller space.

It is the same with downsizing! When you are moving to a smaller home, you must set aside time to sort through your belongings and decide what to bring with you. This can be an emotional and tough task, but being intentional with every belonging will help your new home be filled with the things that matter most. If you still end up with more than you manage, consider allowing family members to hold onto important objects that they can cherish as well.

Learn from Others

One of the best things for a student to do before moving into college is to meet with an upperclassmen at the school. By meeting with someone who has already ‘been there, done that’, they can learn the dos and don’ts of dorm life. In some ways, they are getting a behind-the-scenes look at the college lifestyle and can use that knowledge to better their transition process!

In the same way, one of the best ways to learn about downsizing is to talk to people who have done it before. Talking to folks who have recently downsized, their families, or to groups that help people downsize gives you insight knowledge! Getting helpful tips and learning from their mistakes helps you mentally prepare and organize for what is ahead.

At Vintage Cooperatives, we host informational meetings and open houses where you can see how others have downsized and learn more from experts that have helped seniors downsize for years. Learn more and find a meeting near you with our Event Calendar: http://www.vintagecooperatives.com/news-events/calendar.


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