The end of the semester is just around the corner, which means your stress level is most likely on the rise. When your mind is focused on tests, projects, and deadlines, the last thing you want to do is worry about moving. Although procrastination may be one of your best skills, it is better to plan ahead for your move. Below you will find ten tips for college move out day, so your moving will be stress-free, just like your summer!
- Clean your room: As much as you probably hate cleaning your room, it needs to be done before you can even begin to prepare to move. Cleaning your room will make finding important items easier, and it can help you get organized to figure out what needs to be moved.
- De – clutter: Although you may have been on a budget this semester, there’s a strong possibility you’ve acquired some unnecessary clutter. Sort through all your items, and donate or sell some of the things you don’t need or want anymore. The fewer belongings you have, the better.
- Sell your books: Books take up a lot of space; consider selling your books to lighten your load on moving day. Try exchanging them at your campus bookstore, or selling them online. If you’re feeling generous you could even loan them to a friend or donate them.
- Consider storing: If you plan on returning next semester but don’t want to lug all your bulky items, like furniture and appliances, back home for the summer, storing your items is a great option. Storage facilities in college towns typically offer student discounts. Fry-Wagner Moving and Storage offers a variety of temporary storage options. This will save you space so you can guarantee that your items will be protected until you return.
- Plan your pack: Unlike that speech you gave in COMM 101, you can’t “wing it” when it comes to packing. Planning out your move will make the entire process less stressful, and will guarantee all your items are secure and in their proper place. Make a list of all the items that you will be taking with you and categorize them. Then you can estimate about how many boxes, bags, and storage containers you may need when it comes time to pack. Check with local movers, grocery stores, or the classifieds for used boxes and packing material.
- Pack clothes first: Clothes are the easiest thing to pack. You can load your clothes up in a suit case, box them, or bag them. Folding or rolling your clothes military style will make packing clothing easier and more efficient.
- Save space: If you plan on hauling all your items, back home, in your car, it is important to maximize the amount of space available for transport. Save space by packing certain items in collapsible hampers or trash bags. This will give you the ability to load more things into your vehicle.
- Label boxes: Labeling is such an important process for any move. Properly labeled boxes will prevent you from searching through every container to figure out what is in them. This will save time and make the unpacking process a breeze.
- Pack tighter, not heavier: When it comes to packing, many assume that the fewer boxes you have, the more efficient packing will be; this is not true. No matter how many boxes you have, the key is to pack tightly. Like a game of Tetris your goal is to fill in empty spaces in each box with cushion, such as crushed paper or towels, to tightly pack and protect the contents from damage.
- Call the experts: If you’re planning a large move, locally or long-distance, that requires you to bring all the contents of your current living space, hiring professional movers is always an option. This takes the stress out of trying to load everything yourself and transport it to your new location. Fry-Wagner will move you around the block, across the country, and even internationally.
Whether you have a little, or a lot to move out at the end of the semester, it is best to plan ahead. If you are unsure on how to begin your big move contact Fry-Wagner today to find out more about all the services we can offer for your move!