Out-of-State Students: Dorm Room Storage Savings

1 Comment(s) | Posted | by Norm Kotoch, Jr. |

dorm room depicting a few essential itemsAs spring semester comes to an end and books close, many students will pack up and head home for the summer. For some, this means walking a few blocks. For others, lengthy flights, layovers and cab rides await. In those cases, excess baggage is a hassle.

As your student assesses dorm room belongings, even the minimalists may begin to worry what they will do with all they’ve accumulated during the school year.

  • Ship items back home through standard mailing options.
  • Get rid of existing items and start fresh next year.
  • Store away safely in a secure self-storage solution.

These first two options can run fairly expensive. The more boxes you have, and the farther they have to travel, the more you’ll spend on shipping. And, while getting rid of belongings is a quick fix solution, re-purchasing them brand new can break the bank.

The solution that gives you the most bang for your buck is self-storage.

Conserve Clothes for Future Seasons

Take a look at what’s in your closet and group by season. What will you wear soon and what will take up unnecessary space in your home closet?

Take the clothes you need with you and leave those you won’t wear, such as heavy sweaters or winter coats, behind in a local storage facility.

Preserve Quality of Appliances and Electronic for Later Use

While some dorm rooms come equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves for student use, this expense occasionally falls on students. Considered incredibly handy during the school year, appliances are heavy, bulky and cumbersome during move-out day.

The same goes for electronics like televisions, speakers and gaming consoles.

Rather than taking up space at home, consider storing appliances and electronics close to school so you’ll be ready next fall.

Protect Bedding and Bathroom Supplies

As students move back home, they may find themselves with two of everything. Most commonly, duplicates will come in the form of extra bedding, sheets and bathroom supplies. Avoid multiples at home and keep items for school use in storage. 

Put Away Extra Boxes and Bins

Miscellaneous items can pile up during the year—sentimental treasures, knick-knacks, keepsakes, university swag and dorm room decorations. While these items could be nice to have while away, they may just take up valuable space in your suitcase. 

Control Contents’ Climate

Some items slated for storage will be temperamental, requiring specific storage conditions. In particular, clothing and electronics require special care to avoid mold, mildew and malfunction. 

Speak with a storage facility manager about the items you plan to store, and ask about available climate-controlled storage options for proper preservation. 

Northeast Ohio Students: Enjoy a Free Moving Valet

At Security Self Storage, we want to do all we can to make your move to self-storage a breeze! Ask about our moving truck valet service, which is available upon request. 

  • We drive it to you.
  • We wait while you load it with your items.
  • We drive it back to our storage facility for you.

The best part? It’s free of charge—our gift to you in thanks for your decision to store with us. 

What could your student afford to store away for a few months? Share with us in the comment section below.

Image Source: Daniel Borman under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic  


  1. Hope Henderson's avatar
    Hope Henderson
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    All dorm rooms have one thing in common, there’s not a lot of space. To be able to maximize space in a dorm room or apartment, we should take all the help we can get. These tips aren’t too shabby! :)

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