It will soon be time to go off to college for the first time. Here are a few tips to make it go more smoothly.
Buy second hand books whenever possible, which could save you 25% off the cost of a new textbook. You can find many books online at amazon or ebay. College stores strive to provide as many used textbooks as possible, but they often sell out quickly.
Don’t write in your books until you’re certain you’ll be keeping them. Most stores will not offer full credit for books that have been marked. It will also reduce the price that you can get for them when you come to sell. Thanks to National Association of College Stores (NACS)
Customise your room
“The first look at a bare room can be discouraging, but with a little creativity, it is possible to carve out a space of your own in a tiny room,” says Melissa Birdsongbof Lowe’s. “A colorful area rug, live plants, curtains, and stylish table and floor lamps can personalize and brighten a small room immediately without breaking the bank.”
Get on Board
Bulletin boards and white boards are crucial to keeping track of party invitations, ticket stubs, notes from family and friends and to-do lists.
- Keep notes in style when creating a new bulletin board. Consider painting the plywood and cork in your bedroom theme.
- White boards can function as message centers for roommates or quick artwork.
Relax on a Rug
For those late night study groups, having a comfortable rug is essential. Many rooms and apartments lack adequate seating, so friends are forced to sit on the floor. Pick a rug that complements both roommates’ styles but will still hide dirt. Many rugs can be found for less than £20 ($40) , so if it gets too dirty, you can throw it away at year’s end.
Make your walls POP
Posters are a dorm room tradition, but consider a new way to dress up your walls with Wall-Pops. These stick-on wall decorations come in a variety of colors and shapes and are repositionable, reusable and removable. They allow you to redecorate as often as you like without leaving any paint damage.
College Moving Tips
Pack Smart. Bring only what you really need. And, to avoid injury, always bend your knees and lift with your legs, never with your back.
Use Accessories. Boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, moving blanketsare all essential moving tools that help protect your items during your move.
(Thanks to Penske Truck Rental)
30 July 2007