Moving off-campus is an exciting time for college students. It eases the transition to post-grad life with a new-found independence; however, it can be a hassle. Most college students move about two to four times within their college career, and many will discover that they have too many clothes, shoes, books and more. With all of the stuff you have, you may wish you could just press a button and immediately move into your next home. Luckily, we have a few tips to make the move a little easier.
1. Make a checklist.
Plan ahead by creating a checklist of “to-do’s” for you moving day. This could include getting the keys from your landlord or making sure you complete your move-out duties from your current dorm, apartment or home. Before you start packing and moving, make sure you are aware of everything that needs to be done to make sure it is a stress-free day.
2. Pack smart.
Although it may be tempting to grab a big trash bag and throw all of your belongings in it for the move, you’ll be thankful in the long run if you take the time to pack smart. Use large plastic storage boxes to save car space, and label each box for different types of items. For example, label one bin “Kitchen Supplies” and another “Clothes.” That way when you get to your new home, you’ll spend less time sorting and searching for items you need.
3. Don’t move what you don’t need.
Moving is a great time to purge and get rid of things you never use. Sort through your clothes and donate to a local Goodwill or sell the items you no longer wear to a consignment shop. Not only will this make the move easier, it’s a great way to earn a few extra bucks or just make you feel good knowing your clothes are going to a good cause.
4. Recruit some helpers.
When it comes to moving, the more the merrier. If you can recruit a few friends or family members to help, it will make the process run smoothly and quickly. But, be sure to thank them for their time and hard work by providing lunch, dinner or snacks!
5. Consider renting furniture.
Moving all of your clothes and personal items is hard, but moving furniture is a whole other struggle. Renting furniture is a great way to avoid this, especially when transitioning from your college dorm or apartment, to your first post-grad place. When you rent furniture, it is delivered right to your door at a fraction of the cost of buying brand new furniture. It also helps you avoid future disputes with roommates over who will keep the couch you all bought together at the beginning of the year.
With these tips in mind, moving to your new home will be a hassle-free, smooth experience.