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Sending Your Kid Off To School

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  • get copies of vital records (birth certificate, SS card, etc.)
  • update your address book and list of birthdays
  • get copies of medical / dental insurance, records, and prescriptions
  • verify coverage and claim procedures if out of state
  • check parent's homeowners insurance for coverage policies
  • get copies of warranties for electronics, computer, and appliances
  • open a checking account near campus and order checks
  • set up a cell phone and / or long-distance plan
  • set up internet and email address (if not provided by school)
  • pack up off-season clothes to be shipped or picked up later
  • pack clothes and living necessities for your new dorm / apartment


  • backpack or book bag
  • bathroom supplies (towels, toilet paper, shower curtain, etc.)
  • bedding (sheets, pillows, comforter, blankets, etc.)
  • books and magazines
  • camera and film
  • cleaning supplies
  • clock radio, desk lamp, and a fan
  • closet supplies (hangers, belt rack, over door storage, etc.)
  • clothing (including appropriate winter wear and rain wear)
  • computer equipment (including ink cartridges, paper, and supplies)
  • cork board and / or dry erase board
  • decorating items (pillows, accent rug, pictures, etc.)
  • desk organizer, school supplies, mailing supplies
  • dictionary and thesaurus
  • electronics (calculator, PDA, mini cassette recorder, etc.)
  • extension cords and adapters
  • first aid, sewing, and shoe care kits
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • games (board, computer, video, etc.)
  • kitchen supplies (dishes, cooking, and food)
  • laundry supplies (basket, drying rack, detergent, iron, etc.)
  • luggage
  • microwave and small refrigerator with freezer
  • phone card and lots of quarters for laundry
  • stereo, TV, VCR, etc.
  • telephone and answering machine
  • toiletries and prescription medications
  • tool kit
  • trash can and bags
  • umbrella
  • wall calendar and portable planner


  • date of availability and requirements to reserve
  • length of lease and penalties for breaking
  • deposit and pet deposit
  • rent amount, date due, and late charges
  • utilities included
  • rules about pets and subletting
  • number of bedrooms and baths
  • amenities (fireplace, balcony, laundry facilities, etc.)
  • pool and recreational facilities
  • additional storage space
  • appliances (dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, etc.)
  • safety features
  • public transportation options
  • proximity to shopping, school, work, etc.
  • feel of the neighborhood
  • internet and satellite dish hookup


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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