Preparing to Pack Up Your Dorm Room

PC: Levi Ventura

PC: Levi Ventura


As we begin the second half of the semester, thoughts of summer start to creep in. And with those thoughts come questions about how to pack up a dorm room.

For those returning to the dorms in the fall, there may not be many items that need to be sorted through and gotten rid of, but for those graduating and moving away, the task of sorting through all the possessions and papers can be a bit more daunting.

Taking the time now to start sorting through your clothes and other items you’ve accumulated throughout the semester can save you from excess stress when the time comes to start moving out.

Making a list of items you’ll no longer need outside of a dorm setting and deciding whether or not you need to keep all of the free T-shirts you’ve gathered, can help make the transition easier and lessen the load you’ll need to bring back home or put in a storage unit.

Once you’ve gathered all the clothes and items you no longer need, if you live in the girls dorm you can put them in the green donation bins in the dorm laundry rooms for someone else to use.

You could also sell useful items on uGroups. Along with these places on campus, there are several other options for donating and selling your extra belongings in the Lincoln area.


Donating your used clothes and other items you no longer need to Goodwill is an easy way to declutter your dorm room before the semester ends.

They accept a wide variety of donations at one drop-off site, which makes it a convenient option to dispose of your goods. There are several sites here in Lincoln where you can drop off your donations, these can be found at

Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet is pickier than Goodwill about the items they accept, but they also offer money in exchange for the donated clothes. They ask that any clothes and accessories donated be clean and in good condition.

They also prefer styles that have been relevant in the last six months. For more information on what they’re looking for, you can visit their website at

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is a great avenue to get rid of any items you no longer need. While it may take more work compared to dropping items off at a donation center, you have a chance at getting more cash in return.

Amanda McCarter is a senior studying biomedical science.