After months of dwelling in cramped quarters with one or more roommates, you’ll take your final exams to wrap up the final semester of the academic session and then return home until the start of the next school year in the fall.
One thing’s for certain as your prepare to go back home – you’ll likely find it harder to move off campus than you did to move in because of all of the things accumulated over the course of the year. If you want to accomplish your move with little to no fuss, check out these 5 tips for moving out of your dorm.
- BoxesIt goes without saying that you’ll need boxes of various sizes in order to pack up your stuff. First things first, you’ll want to go through what you have and decide what you won’t be taking with you. Once you’ve made a list, you’ll want to pack what you plan to take home with you. It’s best to avoid the boxes that you might be able to get for free at your local supermarket since they won’t measure up to moving boxes in terms of strength and durability.
- StorageIf you’ll definitely be returning to campus in the fall, then it might make sense to secure a self-storage unit. That way, you’ll have a place to put items such as your television, fridge, coffee maker, and other things that you might not necessarily want to take back home with you. Again, buying enough boxes will allow you to pack up things you want to bring home and things that you want to put into storage, so be sure to buy enough moving boxes. If you consult your neighborhood self-storage facility, you’ll find out about unit sizes, features and prices.
- Sell TextbooksAnyone who’s been to post-secondary school knows that textbooks can cost a small fortune. So, it makes sense for you to go through your stash of textbooks, figure out which ones you don’t need or don’t want to keep and then focus on selling them so that you don’t have to take them home with you in the spring.
- Figure Out How You’re Getting HomeIt goes without saying that you’ll want to set up your ride or any other arrangements you need to get home. Whether you’re fortunate enough to have your own transportation or are counting on family or friends from back home to come and pick you up, be sure that there’ll be enough space for you and your stuff. Putting some stuff in a storage unit for a few months might make for a more convenient and less stressful moving day.
- Sweep & GoWhen moving day arrives and you’ve loaded up all of your stuff, be sure to head back to your dorm room and give it one last cleaning. This means sweeping or vacuuming the floor, ensuring that the washroom is clean and in good order, and doing anything else you can do to ensure that your dorm room is left in good shape.
If you follow the above recommendations, you’ll be able to move with little to no stress. It should be underscored that getting moving boxes is a good idea as you prepare for moving day. Be sure to buy enough of them so that you can securely pack up all of your things in preparation for returning home.