It’s time for teachers, time for books and time for teachers’ dirty looks. We’ve all been there but you can avoid those dirty looks by being the most prepared, most organized kid on campus.
Start the year off in organized fashion by showing up well equipped. As you pack up for college this fall, don’t forget to bring the tools you need to get organized. We’re not just talking binders and flash drives. You’ll need a few household tools to assemble things, hang stuff and get settled. Here are the essentials.
Hammer- simple 16 ounce is perfect
Screwdriver- Philips and slotted screwdrivers in a few sizes
Frog tape – there will be posters and things to hang and frog tape won’t mar the walls
Rubber mallet – this $5 tool is perfect for tapping together those IKEA-like pieces
3M Command strips – bring a variety of Command strips i.e. hooks, art hangers, etc.
Power strip surge protectors – protect electronics from power failures
Extension cords- pack two six-foot cords
Tape measure – 15 foot is perfect size for the dorm
Flashlights - two flashlights and a stock of batteries is wise
Sharpie – mark belongings to minimize loss of communal stuff
Nails/screws –small kit for hanging items
Needle nose pliers – perfect tool for electronic and jewelry repairs
Adjustable wrench – good for those assembly required items
Be sure to pack a few other essentials for your young adults, like homemade chocolate chip cookies, their favorite pillow and stuffed buddy.
Beth Allen, is founder of HIP Chicks www.diyhipchicks.com