Graduation time is coming – faster than most parents would like – but taking much longer than seniors hoped. With just a few short months between now and your teen heading off to college, there's so much to be done. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help your family get through the change with the least amount of stress possible.
Lease a Storage Unit
You know that your son or daughter has stuff around the house that they won't be ready to get rid of, but that they won't want to take to college with them. Instead of trying to find a place around the house to store it all, you can lease a small storage unit to lock it all away safely until your teen is ready to retrieve it.
Downsize the Stuff Collection
Have your teen begin working his or her way through all of the storage spaces in your home. Clearing out the closets and drawers little by little will make it less daunting of a task and will allow them to look through the things that hold so many memories for them. Then, as boxes are filled with stuff that won't be going to school, you can take them to the storage unit to get them out of the way.
Start Buying Supplies
What will your teen be needing when they head off to school? You can start buying the things that they'll need for their dorm room now and store it all in the storage unit until it's time to head off to school. This will make it possible for you to find great deals on the things that will be needed. You can shop discount racks, thrift stores, yard sales – or just watch the classified ads for former students looking to unload all of their dorm room stuff.
Prepare for Celebration!
Graduation is one of the most celebrated events in your teen's life – start working to plan a graduation party and maybe a send-off party for when it's time to head off to college. You will want to celebrate the event, but you won't want all of the planning to take away from the time you have left with your teen. So, break down the planning process and utilize that storage unit to store things for the party to keep it all out of the way.
You'll be surprised at how many uses you'll find for a storage unit. In the end, you'll find starting early and leasing the mini storage unit has simplified things for you and allowed you that much more time with your family.