It’s around that time of year again. The students are migrating to campuses and moving back into student housing. I’ve started packing up my belongings since I will be moving to a different house for the fall semester. I will have a week between my move out day and my next move in day which means a week with my puppy!
Moving is not fun, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ve moved twice during my time in college. The first was into my first student housing and my second was a few weeks later after roommate problems. The leasing managers moved me to a different property about 10 minutes away from where I originally lived. Needless to say, roommate matching can go wrong, but more on that in a later post. In the process of my moves, I’ve learned a few tips to make it easier.
1. Don’t Move In on Move In Day
I figured this tip out thanks to luck. I am never one to get sick, but I got sick a few days before I was supposed to move into my first college apartment. So I emailed the leasing office and they told me not to worry, I could move in after move in day and I would be just fine. Once I felt better and we made the move, I realized my late move in was the best decision.
On move in day, everyone and their family are at your apartment or dorm complex. Every line is insanely long and there are no parking spots. It is chaotic. If you wait a day or two, you will have the elevators all to yourself. You won’t have to wait in lines for paperwork. There will be plenty of parking spots and moving carts. It will be much less stressful!
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2. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help! The more people moving boxes, the faster it will get done. Plus, it will probably be more fun with more people. Not that moving is fun, but at least you will have someone to complain with! If you have your friends help you, be sure that you can return the favor!
3. Bring Water
I just moved out of my house in the middle of the summer in Texas. It was incredibly hot and we were all sweating. Thankfully, I had my Brita filter and Camelbak water bottle to get me through the heat. Moving is exhausting so having water on hand is super helpful, especially in the summer heat.
4. Bring Snacks
While my parents and I were moving all of my stuff, we all got hungry. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of food at my house since it was the end of the week. We were able to finish shortly after lunch time and headed out for a big meal. If you have a lot of stuff to move and few people helping you, keep snacks on hand. That way you don’t have to take a break in the middle of moving to grab a meal. You can just get a snack and keep on moving the boxes!
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5. Keep your Jewelry from getting Tangled
Just about everything can be nicely packed away in a box, but jewelry is another story. As you saw in my post about my room decorations, I have a ton of long necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry. I didn’t want these to get tangled during the move so I made a little plan. I laid down tissue paper and laid my necklaces on it. I taped down the top and bottom, then rolled them up the tissue paper. These packed away easily and ensured that nothing got tangled. You can also do this with bracelets, earrings, and anything else.
6. Don’t Waste Space
There’s only so much room in a car so be sure you are saving space when packing. Shoes do not pack well – they take up a lot of space and you can’t stack them up neatly. To save space, roll up your tshirts or tank tops and shove them inside your shoes. Then, pack your shoes on the bottom of the box and put more clothes in the cracks until you have a relatively flat surface. Then you can easily pack more clothes, blankets, and sheets on top. This is how I packed each of my boxes and it helped me save a lot of room!
7. Keep Your Clothes on the Hanger
This tip will help you save a lot of time. Who wants to take every clothing item off of a hanger, fold it, and pack it away, only to unpack it, unfold it, and hang it back up? Not me! So, I found a solution to make moving your clothes easier. Take a trash bag and put it around the clothes so that the opening of the trash bag is around the top of the hangers. Then, take the drawstrings and wrap it around the hangers. It’s basically a cheap garment bag.
This way, you can keep your clothes hanging up and if any clothes fall off of the hanger during the move, you don’t have to worry about losing them or getting them dirty. They will be in the bottom of the trash bag and all you have to do is hang it back up. Just make sure you don’t get a scented trash bag! You don’t want your clothes to smell like plastic febreze!
8. Keep It Organized
The worst thing is packing everything up only to realize you have no idea where anything is packed. Try to keep similar items packed together and label each box so you know what is inside. Be sure to label each box specifically to help you stay organized. Instead of writing “bedroom”, write “clothes” or “decorations” or “bedding”. You will thank yourself for doing this when it comes time to unpack everything!
9. Wait to Buy some Furniture and Decorations
If you get the chance to tour your apartment or dorm complex before you move in, keep in mind that every room is not the same size as the model. For this reason, don’t buy furniture like side tables and desks until you move in. Of course you can bring a bed and bigger pieces you know you will need, but some other things can wait. Things like curtains, desk lamps, and wall decorations can also wait. By waiting to buy furniture and decorations, you will save yourself time on move in day and save yourself from bringing things you can’t use. You can also go shopping with your new roommates. Chances are they need some decorations too. You will be living with them for at least a year so use this as a bonding experience!
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10. Use a Storage or Moving Company
Consider getting storage or a moving company to help with your college move. My move out date is August 9th, but I can’t move into my new place until August 15th. Thankfully, I’m moving into a house for the fall semester and the owner let me move my stuff there between the 9th and the 15th. If I had not been able to do that, my stuff would be in storage for that week. I have A TON of stuff so there is no way we could fit all of it into my small car and my dad’s medium sized car.
If I had to bring it home, we definitely would have used a moving company, like UPack. They have student discounts and you can reserve your spot online. They provide a big truck or trailer for you to pile up all your stuff and they will drive it for you! I don’t know about you, but there is no way I could drive a big truck! I feel like I would run over everything and it just would not go well. A moving company is also super helpful when you have to move far away from home, like my friend from Texas who is going to college in Florida.
Good luck with your move! Comment below and let me know what other tips you have for making a move as easy as possible!
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