It’s that time of year to start packing up some of your belongings and bringing them home! Here are some tips on making your move-out day less stressful!
1. Bring items home in small doses.
If your like me and you visit home once a week, then this will be an easy process for you to start. Each time you go home, try taking 2-3 items back with you, so you aren’t stuck with bringing everything home at once. This way you can start unpacking the items you’ve brought home, making less work for yourself after move-out day.
If you are not like me, and you only go home every now and again, then here is a different tip to use. Try taking a trip home or making plans with your parents or friends over the weekend! I’m sure that they would love to see you, and spend some time with you! If someone does come visit, ask if they have room in their trunk to bring a few things home for you!
2. Start packing up your winter attire.
Although New England weather can be unpredictable, at this point in the year we can say goodbye to our winter boots and jackets. Thick snow coats, bulky snow boots, scarfs, and gloves can finally be taken out, leaving more room in your closet! Also, a majority of thick sweaters can be making their way home as well. You should keep a few sweaters for those windy days or chilly nights but as the weather gets warmer, you will want to have the right clothes.
3. Do your laundry before taking it home.
I personally have never met anyone who enjoys doing laundry, but getting it done before your move home will make unpacking so much easier. By making sure your clothes are clean before you pack them up, there will be less work to do when you get home! Unpacking is an annoying task that we all must do during the move-in and move-out process. Having clean clothes to take home means all you need to do is put them away! Nobody wants to go home for the Summer and have to wash their whole wardrobe, so try and get it done before!
4. Figure out what you use, and don’t use.
Over the course of the year, we all collect more items than we originally moved in with. For an easy, stress-free move out, start making a list, or packing a box with items you noticed you don’t use anymore. Small trinkets, notebooks, folders, and decorations are all items that you can start packing up to take home. I have already started filling a bin with my small decorations, extra school supplies, and dishes I don’t use!
5. Time to start cleaning!
Once you have packed away and brought home a majority of your belongings, it’s time to get cleaning! Break out your broom, swiffer, and clorox wipes! It is important to make sure your room is fully clean when moving out, and to make things easier on yourself, DO IT EARLY. Wash and wipe down every surface before your move-out day, this way you can have everything ready to take home in the morning. Spend your last day on campus having fun, not packing and cleaning!
You do not want to wait until the last minute to start packing and cleaning or else you are going to be stressed out. Make the end of the year easier on yourself by only worrying about finals, not packing. By spending a little bit of time each day packing your dorm, it will be done in no time. This will leave you with more time available to prepare for your finals, and say goodbye to your friends who live far away!
I hope you all enjoyed this blog, I know you’ll all do great! Don’t stress, and if you need anymore tips, feel free to contact the FYE office in Meier Hall 100A!