BoxMyDorm: Boxing Your Troubles Goodbye!

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Dormitory. A very popular word that most of America is familiar with. This bold word can mean an assortment of things to different people, such as their first “apartment,” their “independence” from their parents and more. According to Dictionary.com, the word dormitory stands for “a building, as at a college, containing a number of private or semiprivate rooms for residents…” and so forth. Many students find dorming as a way to escape their “grounded” home life. Other students such as those from outside the state or country dorm because they simply can’t commute each day. Getting deeper into the monumental structure of the typical “dorm” life, the main problem for students is lugging their dorm essentials from home to school and back again. Thanks to a company called BoxMyDorm, struggling with your prized dorm necessities is a thing of the past.

Since 2005, BoxMyDorm has and continues to aid thousands of students and their families worldwide. From furniture to bedding, the list is endless about the things “BMD” can store at their private regional warehouse and deliver to your dorm the following semester. Thanks to BoxMyDorm and their convenient online services, anything is possible such as helping a student from California move to the dorms at NYIT. BoxMyDorm can make that wish a reality. Founder, Brian Altomare elaborates more about this incredible innovative company.

If you’re a frequent traveler and a serial over-packer, you may be familiar with LugLess.com, a site that ships additional luggage to your desired destination. To your surprise, BoxMyDorm actually is connected with the travel giant, in simpler terms: they’re family. Upon hearing about BoxMyDorm, many are curious as to how an incredible idea was crafted. “As students at the University of Pennsylvania,” Altomare says, “Our founders (Joe Leary and Dan Abrahamsen), were living out of state, and they needed to store stuff for summer.” He continues, “They soon realized many of their friends and classmates did as well. In 2005 BoxMyDorm was born!

Since the start of this student founded business, “We have serviced over 10,000 students since 2005,” says Altomare. Now successfully operating for nine years, the demand for BoxMyDorm grows stronger each and every school year. “I’d say this year we are set to service another 1,000 or so at over 100 colleges and universities,” Altomare replies. A story such as the idea for BMD is inspiring to all, especially being the “newborn” of hard-working college students. Now, some may wonder if the founders of BoxMyDorm had always intended to go into the “boxing” business. “We just fell into the idea and after the first two years as college students,” says Altomare, “It was generating a lot of income for us and afforded us to enjoy college a little bit more!” This goes to show that no matter what academic route you choose to follow in college, a simple “problem” you face can turn into a wonderful reality, in this case, a globally known company.

Now since you’re a bit familiar with the company’s history, how do you sign up for BoxMyDorm to…well…box your dorm? Altomare breaks down the simplicity of the process in four easy steps: “Step 1: You log in to your BoxMyDorm account and purchase a moving kit. Step 2: You receive the kit and pack up,” he continues, “Step 3: You select a pick up date you want and we pick up via UPS or private courier and send to our regional warehouse.” For the last step, Altomare states, “Step 4: After the summer is over, select your return date on your account and we ship it back to you.” Wow! Simple and efficient! Now, what happens if you’re an international student studying abroad? Fear not! BoxMyDorm has you covered! “Yes, that is where LugLess.com comes in. We help students send boxes or luggage anywhere in the US and to and from over 200 countries,” says Altomare. “We work with youth travel companies like studentuniverse.com and study abroad programs to service students all over the world,” he continued. Now that’s impressive!

As phenomenal as the services are that BoxMyDorm offers, there are some things students should keep in mind when packing for their BMD pick-up. “Don’t store glass, kitchenware, or electronics unless professionally packed,” says Altomare.

That could result in a box full of glass shards come move-in day! Now, what’s the most important, IMPORTANT, thing to remember when packing? “Don’t store any food! This is not a pretty return moment for you or us,” says Altomare. The non-boxing of food should be a no-brainer, because after all, who wants to open a box of moldy bread? Maybe that one strange relative you have on your father’s side, but for the rest of us, that’s not pleasant.

The spring semester officially comes to an end in a few weeks, which means summer vacation is on its way! Since move out is rather soon, Mr. Altomare states, “It is better to plan ahead so the last few days of school can be spent studying or better yet hanging out with your friends.” Additionally, Altomare made a very good point that we can all agree on: “No one enjoys packing up and spending the last few days sweating and humping boxes all around campus, figuring out what to do with all their stuff.” By the time you’re reading this sentence, you should stop procrastinating and start planning your move out day!

If you’re feeling the “end-of-the-semester-stress” and need some assistance with moving out in a few weeks, fear not! Visit BoxMyDorm.com for more information on how you could have the most stress-free and satisfying dorming experience of your college years. Additionally, you can like BoxMyDorm on Facebook (facebook.com/boxmydorm) and follow them on Twitter (@boxmydorm) to receive the latest updates on this reputable service. So the next time you’re over packing for your dorm room or are looking for summer dorm storage, look into using BoxMyDorm, you won’t regret it.

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