College Move-In Day: Tips & Helpful Items

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Here we go. Move-in day:  it looms ahead in the distance and then suddenly – WHACK – here it is. We are hit with the balance of being excited for our child as they begin their next adventure and the heavy emotions that arise when you realize they won’t be in your home to check up on anymore.
 
With my daughter heading into her junior year of college, bittersweet sums up my feelings this time of year. I’m unbelievably thrilled for where she is in life and feel her independence acutely. This makes me proud, happy, and excited for her. I can’t wait to see what she does. 
 
Will I miss her? Oh my goodness, you betcha! But this journey isn’t mine, it is hers, and it opens up my life to be sure I am on the right path moving forward. Sure, it can feel like part of me is breaking off but this experience allows both her and I to grow in ways that we couldn’t if she were to not be who she is meant to be. 
 
Whew, though, those emotions that come up – when you least expect them, they can be brutal.
 
My recommendation is to observe them and don’t run from them. Ignoring the emotions will create a resistance that has them always wanting to bubble up – but by noticing them, claiming them and processing through them, you become powerful! I know that you are strong enough to get through those emotions– no matter what they are. 
 
Anyway, below, I share with you five things that, being in year three of this journey, I have found helpful, or that I wish we had thought of earlier for move-in.
 
Our situation is that our daughter’s college is five hours from home, and we have a minivan to move things – so things that I find useful, may not apply to you. As always, take what I offer and consider if it will benefit your life. 
 
The following information is about the “stuff.” Life skills are a pretty big deal, and I talk about that in episode 32 of my podcast: What Life Skills Does My Child Need For College? My podcast is all about helping mothers through this transition, so if you are having a difficult time, I invite you to take a listen!
 
As always, Google will provide you with an overabundance  of information on what you should pack for college. I can’t possibly cover all of that, but I’d like to share with you my top five items. Also, two recent posts that I have found helpful are: 
 
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Below are my top five college move-in essential items:
 

IKEA BAGS

These are the fantastic Ikea bags that we’ve had for years (before college). They are excellent to throw things in (bedding/pillows in particular), and they easily store in a dorm room. I had no idea you could get them with zippers, too!

COMMAND HOOKS

Command hooks and poster strips are unbelievably helpful. A place for keys? Got it! Need to put up an important piece of paper you got at move-in that you are afraid you’ll lose? Use a poster strip (there is a variety of sizes, too)!

WAGON

I love, love, love this wagon. This is one of the items that I purchased in year two of my daughter’s college years, and I wish I would have had it earlier. It was life-changing. There were days where I’d make the trip to her school and back in one day. Without the wagon, I was EXHAUSTED. With the wagon, it was a breeze because I didn’t even have to pull the thing – someone else always offered!

SMALL TOOLKIT

A toolkit is one of the things you think you won’t need, but in life’s rogue moments, a screwdriver would be incredibly helpful. It won’t only help your child (if you leave it with them), but if others find out they have a toolkit, there is a natural way to meet new people. We don’t have this specific kit, but it is an example of one.

TIME

No link here. This is a reminder to pad your time on move-in and move-out days to allow yourself and your child the flexibility to stop and chat with others; take advantage of something you may not have foreseen, should the moment arise; or, run to a local store if you see they need something. It gives all of you the freedom to be flexible. Also, other than taking a few photos, this is a lovely opportunity to stay off your phone and be fully present.

What are your top items for move-in? I invite you to share below.

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61: Be the Amazing Boss of Your Thoughts

61: Be the Amazing Boss of Your Thoughts

Are you the amazing boss of your thoughts? 
 

When you have the vision, and your thoughts trust you enough to jump on board, your mind will take you to places you never thought possible – just like an amazing boss.

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • Important traits for a great leader
    • To consider managing your thoughts with those same traits
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  1. Are you the amazing boss of your thoughts?
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60: Quick Tips, Your Empty Nest Coach 2020

60: Quick Tips: Holiday Decluttering with Style and Patience and Your Reflection as You Consider Scholarships Featuring the Deirdre Dolan Nesline, Jenn Musselman, Jo Davies, Monica Matthews and Susan Stevens

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Enjoy this Quick Tips team episode.
 

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Tips Shared in this Episode: 

  1. Holiday Decoration Decluttering
  2. Style vs Fashion
  3. Humorous Patience Observations
  4. College Scholarships
  5. Your Reflection
  6. An Exercise for When Your Emotions are Running High

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59: Why I Don’t Have a Side Hustle

59: Why I Don’t Have a Side Hustle, Words Matter

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Words matter. 
 
The words you chose to use in your life will impact you, and the words that work for you may not work for someone else. 
 

Enhance your life by becoming a skillful steward of your thoughts.

What words do you use? 
 

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • To consider the impact of the words you use in your life
    • To be aware of the words you choose to use
    • To explore new words in your daily life

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  1. Do you know what words need to be changed in your life?
  2. Are you ready to make changes to the words you use?

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58: Fish Tank Empowerment

58: Fish Tank Empowerment

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
In this episode, I introduce you to a concept/analogy that came to me as I drove home from She Podcasts Live — conceived in my effort to keep the momentum from the conference going for days, weeks, and months ahead. 
 
I utilized my long car ride homeward to work through the struggle that I knew had the potential to remain in my life had I not processed it in this way. I share this with you with love and hope you find the motivation and inspiration that I found in it the next time you experience an event in your life like this.
 

When you honor who you are, the universe responds.

I am living this now. It is three months out from the conference, and this analogy continues to serve me well. I am savoring the simmer as I return to the giant fish tank. 
 

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • The mental struggle I had as I returned home from She Podcasts Live
    • How a fish, a bowl and a tank came to my rescue 

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  1. Have you experienced the after-event energy drainage?
  2. How are you feeling about your fishbowl now? 

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57: Quick Tips, Your Empty Nest Coach 2020

57: Quick Tips: College Student Mistakes and Conversations while Travelling Light with Patterns and Stripes Featuring the 5Kilo Traveller, Anne Vaccaro Brady, Katy Oliveira and Jenn Musselman

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Super excited to share with you our very first Quick Tips team episode.
 

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Tips Shared in this Episode: 

  1. To believe in your student when they make a mistake 
  2. Wardrobe: patterns and stripes
  3. Conversations to have with your college student before they return to campus
  4. Consider Traveling Light
  5. An exercise to use when your emotions are running high

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Become a GPS Exec, today!

You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.