“At the end, all that’s left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that’s why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.” ― Nicole Krauss
That may well be the case, but when you’re a student, it doesn’t matter whether you live in halls or you’re dwelling in a Fresh Meat- style house share, space can be a rare commodity.
So, if you’re looking to spend your days living a semi-organised, clutter free existence, this quick guide will help. We won’t hold you up for long – we know you have some reading, studying and err, drinking to do…
Thin down your things
Before packing your possessions to prepare for your new student life, look at everything with a ruthless eye and get rid of anything that’s clogging up your existence. Do you really need that mathematics workbook from year six or that novelty beer can holder that’s frayed at the seams? Probably not. Sell anything you no longer need (this will come in handy for beer tokens) and give old but decent clothes to charity. Once you’ve done this, you’ll feel like a load has been lifted; you’ll also have given yourself more space before you’ve even moved.
When you’re getting ready to move into your new digs, make sure you pack everything properly. Packing up correctly will make it infinitely easier to unpack and stow your stuff away methodically at the other end, minimising the chance of mess. Segment everything carefully, label it clearly and pack each item neatly, using every piece of space available. For inspiration, check out this bag packing Pinterest board.
Get your hack on
Once you’re in your new digs, there is a host of superb student storage hacks you can use to spruce up your space while giving yourself more room to manoeuvre. You’ll be amazed at which household items come in handy for creating amazing storage solutions for next to nothing. For guidance, check out our very own student hall hacks as well as this top notch student-savvy Pinterest Board.
If after a few weeks or months you’ve accumulated new clutter or piles upon piles of educational materials and you feel like the walls are caving in, you could move some things into a local self storage unit.
Contrary to popular belief, not all self storage providers are expensive, and it will offer you a viable means of stashing your things away securely while keeping them accessible. Plus, if you want to get away from your flat mates, you can always hide out in your unit and look through your things for a while!
If you’re going to be studying in good old London Town and you need a decent, affordable place to store your things, give us a tinkle – we’ll be happy to help.