How to fit a 10 lb. dorm room into 5 lbs of luggage

Unbelievable! 9 months have passed since we left her standing there on State Street to begin her new life.

9 months! It took that long to grow her 19 years ago. All I can say is that I am thankful that she did not accumulate this much stuff in utero.

This room is not that big, and she only inhabited half of it, how could she possibly have THIS MUCH STUFF!

Enter… THE SPACE BAG. (this needs music in the background)

My friends, these are the Spanx of packing! And why, must I ask, am I always in the business of reducing things to small spaces? I discovered these when we moved her out there. They became a mild obsession. I spaced bagged everything in sight. The dog was quite nervous.

You cram the stuff into them and virtually suck the air out. Down coat,…less than an inch thick. Comforter… paper thin. Underwear… non existent.

Space Bags…priceless.

This experience took on somewhat of a game show atmosphere. Buy boxes and packing materials in the lobby of the dorm at highly inflated prices. Run upstairs and pack everything that is to be stored, dry cleaned, laundered and shipped in less than 23 hours, applying the bar code labels from the equally inflated storage company. Climb over roommate and her mother doing the same thing. All in a 10×12 space. Everybody circle to the left.

Cram remaining items in existing luggage. Drink heavily. Repeat in August.

Which brings me to…

May is the new June and August is the new September. 

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20 responses to “How to fit a 10 lb. dorm room into 5 lbs of luggage

  1. Paula

    I remember I had to fit everything into my little car or leave it behind. I still don’t know how I did it.

  2. MelissaP

    Amy – I have just began to think about how to handle the whole packing and shipping situation from LA to Wash U – and after reading this blog, you have now officially put me over the edge!!
    Thanks for the tip on the Space Bag – I’ll get right on it. HELP – Remember I have Allie the control freak to deal with while doing all of this. She’ll have me do it but tell me I am doing it all wrong.

  3. Riki

    Yea Jana made the blog. I am nervous to know how and when I willl…and to think I knew her then (almost!!)

  4. Cathy

    Do they make space bags for husbands? I would like to clean and store mine for awhile. great pixs of Jana packing up. Brings back memories. I’m over fifty and I can remember. Life is good.

  5. joyce

    it must be the difference between boys and girls, men and women. My son threw every article of clothing into a plastic lawn bag, packed his toothbrush and razor in his mac laptop box, threw his dress shoes (worn once) and his belts into the car, took the 5 things on hangers out of his dorm closet and (again) threw them into the car. The items carefully packed were his guitars, amp, and a nice black lock box, which incidentally I didnt buy him. hmmmmmmmm. I wonder whats in there? ok not going there…..Its amazing thing, left to his own devices he packed himself up and brought himself home.. its amazing what they can do without us….

  6. amyz5

    too funny. oh joyce, don’t count on that happening with emily! BTW would love to hear more about the proverbial black box

  7. Buff

    Sounds a little like a “box of rain” to me…

  8. amyz5

    It’s just a box of rain
    I don’t know who put it there
    Believe it if you need it
    or leave it if you dare
    But it’s just a box of rain
    or a ribbon for your hair
    Such a long long time to be gone
    and a short time to be there

  9. Ellen

    i almost had to pack Jason and put him in the Tully because there was no room left in the car..Famous words of that day wer made by Suzy his girlfriend…She said” he has more clothes then me”. i just was just about peeing in my pants….and so it goes

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  11. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Intransitive!!

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  13. Renee

    I just learned about using Amtrak Freight Trains for transport of boxes. It’s very inexpensive. Only $45 for 100 lbs. up to 500 max per day from Toledo, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois. All of my son’s stuff is able to be transported for $90!! Now we have room in the car to stretch out. The items arrive 48 hours later. Just stop by the local train station and pick it up!

  14. now that my friends, is amazing. anyone care to admit how much they have spent moving the stuff

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