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. 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 practically never get sick, so naturally, I get sick days before move-in day. Classic, I know. I emailed the leasing office and they told me not to worry, I could move in a little late and I would be just fine. Let me tell you something, that sickness was a blessing in disguise.
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, and 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’ll 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. A Texas summer gets so hot that you can’t even cool off in the pool because the pool is warm. So just imagine trying to move a bunch of boxes in that heat. Yep, it was miserable and we all chugged ice cold water when we were finished! Whether you’re in the Texas heat or not, having water around can be a lifesaver when moving.
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4. Bring Snacks
I don’t know about you, but I can be the living definition of hangry. Mix that with having to move all of my stuff out in the heat and you do not want to be around me! Moving can be exhausting so keep snacks on hand so that you don’t get hangry like me!
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 t-shirts 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.
Plus, 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! Learn from my mistakes, people!
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!
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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. So, 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!
10. Pack one bag with all your essentials
Let’s be real, you probably won’t unpack everything you have on move-in day. So, here’s your solution: Pack one bag like you’re going on a trip for a few days. Put all your necessary toiletries (yes, face masks count!) and a few outfits in your bag so that you don’t have to rush unpacking. Trust me, this will save your sanity!
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Good luck with your move! Comment below and let me know what other tips you have for making a move as easy as possible!