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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86: The CEO of Your Life When Others Toss Things Over Your Fence

86: The CEO of Your Life When Others Toss Things Over Your Fence

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
I’m so curious what you think of this episode – do you notice anything different? 😀 
 

Where you have the chance to level up is by making your protector aware of the herd of humans that darken your property.

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • What a “Herd” Can Do To Your Protector And What It Represents
  • The Importance of Noticing The “Herds” Outside of Your Fence
  • To Train Your Protector To See Your Herds

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  1. Can you identify the thought-delivery throwing herds in your own life?
  2. How is your protector doing with the training? 

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85: Wrapping up the Not So Empty Nest Series Number 12

85: Wrapping up the Not So Empty Nest Series Number 12

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!

In this, the final episode in the Not So Empty Nest series, I share some updates with you and my thoughts on the empty nest and the not so empty nest. 

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • Coach Christine’s Family Updates
    • We Will Be Gifted With Another Opportunity to Adjust to The Empty Nest
    • Opportunities That We Have In The Not So Empty Nest
    • What I Believe With All Of My Heart
    • Who Knows You Best
    • Why I Created This Not So Empty Nest Series
    • Resources I Have Available To You
    • Bloopers😂

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84: Katherine the 5 Kilo Traveller in the Not So Empty Nest Number 11 New Zealand

84: Katherine the 5 Kilo Traveller in the Not So Empty Nest Number 11 New Zealand

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!

In our Not So Empty Nest series, today, I chat with Katherine the 5 Kilo Traveller, my light travelling friend from New Zealand. We chat about the restrictions in New Zealand, attempting to book a flight when the restrictions went into place and so much more. 

Enjoy our conversation, and I hope your family is safe and healthy, friend!

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Topics Discussed & Time Markers

01:21 Katherine’s Experience Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

03:10 New Zealand’s 48-Hour Notice of Lockdown

05:00 How Are Things Different Now? 

06:15 The Advantage Parents Have Right Now – Restrictions

06:52 How Many Days Has Katherine Worn Her Merino T-Shirt?

07:18 Katherine’s Camino De Santiago Training Update

09:00 How the Restrictions Impact Her Travel Talk

10:49 The Coming Together of the World💭

13:15 Nothing Like This, The Importance of Documenting Our Experience

14:40 Katherine’s Social Distancing Check-in

16:52 She’s Motivated & Organized

17:30 Why Her Daughter Wouldn’t Let Her Out of the House

19:00 Katherine’s Message To You

19:45 Where to Find Katherine – see below, too 😀 & misc. conversations 

23:32 Bloopers

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83: Carolyn Cohen Wellness While Walking in the Not So Empty Nest

83: Carolyn Cohen Wellness While Walking in the Not So Empty Nest

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!

In our Not So Empty Nest series, today, I chat with Carolyn Cohen, AKA Coach Carolyn, host of the Wellness While Walking podcast. She’s a delight to chat with even under our current circumstances. Enjoy meeting Carolyn, and I hope your family is safe and healthy, friend!

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Topics Discussed & Time Markers:

02:05 Carolyn’s experience due to COVID-19 restrictions

04:00 Carolyn’s Social Distancing Check-in

05:10 Humor: Laughing Boosts Your Immunity

06:14 What We Find Funny

07:08 How To Handle Schedules For Your Children?

08:50 Eating Lunch Together? Send Your Ideas In!

10:00 Leveling Up in Social Distancing

10:30 Look at This Opportunity to Build Your Immunity

11:25 1918 Pandemic Testing of Patients in Outdoor Tents

12:00 Move Your Body & Don’t Seek Perfection

13:50 Gratitude

14:30 Where to Find Carolyn

16:07 Bloopers 

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82: Three Podcasters Share Experiences in the Not So Empty Nest Series Number 9 Featuring Carolyn Kiel and Elaine Best

82: Three Podcasters Share Experiences in the Not So Empty Nest Series Number 9 Featuring Carolyn Kiel and Elaine Best

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!

In today’s episode in our Not So Empty Nest series, I share a conversation I had with two of my closest podcasting friends, Elaine Best of Angus Eye Tea and Carolyn Kiel of Beyond 6 Seconds. 

This episode is a different topic than usual for me, but I thought you might want a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes of the podcasting side of my life.

I hope your family is safe and healthy!

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Carolyn Kiel

Host of the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast, where she shares extraordinary stories from everyday people.

Elaine Best (& Fern)

Host of the comedy mental health podcast Angus Eye Tea.

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What We Discuss in This Episode: 

01:18 – Introductions

02:00 – What the COVID-19 Restrictions Are Like For Us

06:40 – Extroverted Elaine Gets a Routine

07:53 – Introverted Carolyn’s Husband Now Working From Home

09:43 – Doors Help – Christine’s Introverted Household

10:50 – Elaine’s Thoughts Go Out To College Students

11:42 – Elaine’s Obsession with Robin Hood

12:35 – Christine Adds Podcast Episodes

13:15 – Carolyn Ups Her Appearances on Other Podcasts

14:06 – The Next King Lear

14:40 – Indie Podcasters Have an Edge

16:36 – We Finally Did A Podcast Episode Together – It Took COVID-19

18:34 – Elaine Eating French Fries

18:49 – Tools & Techniques We Are Using To Keep Our Spirits Up

20:24 – A Couch Potato is not the Happiest Potato

21:59 – New Things We’ve Noticed About Ourselves

23:33 – Elaine’s Canoe Has Leveled-Up

24:40 – Women in the Woods – Does Christine Make Any Sense? 

25:30 – Are Extroverts Uncomfortable Now?

27:00 – What Podcast Should We Do, and Puns From Elaine

28:00 – Bloopers

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