Moving out of the dorms? Follow these tips to ease frustration

By Joelle Tatter Tips for Moving Out - Caitlan - by steve

It’s that time of year again when posters for things to do at very end of the year are plastered on walls, when the library is open for longer hours than normal and when every floor from 14 on up in the Wabash Building has a sign reminding residents of the move-out date.

For all students living in Wabash Building and the University Center, in addition to being time for final tests and projects, it’s also time to start packing up and getting ready to move out of the place that’s been home for the past nine months. Yet, moving out is stressful, and for many people, just another stress added onto what already feels like too much. Yes, there are also posters on every floor giving tips about moving out, but those tend to be focused more on the technical aspects of it, less so on the practical what to actually do aspects.

So really, how do you plan to move out while balancing all of the other craziness?

Well, there are a few things you can do to make the insanity seem a little less insane. First, start packing more than a week in advance. It doesn’t have to be a lot.

Just 15 minutes a day of putting away things you don’t absolutely need can help out in the long run and lessen what you have to do come moving day.

Second, buy a lot of quart- and gallon-sized plastic baggies. They may not seem like they hold a lot, but a gallon-sized bag can hold four or five rolled up T-shirts. A quart-sized bag can hold a mug, a small book or two and even some jewelry or sanitation products.

Third, pack smartly. Try to plan just how you are going to fit everything into your bags before you start packing. More than that, figure out in what order you need to pack things in so that there’s always something soft on both sides of something extremely fragile. Something cushioned on both sides is a lot less likely to break than something cushioned on only one side.

Fourth, get someone to help you with moving out. I know this seems obvious, but there are things that no matter how strong you are you won’t be able to move out on your own either due to their size or to how carefully they have to be moved.

Fifth, if you have to put things in storage because home is a plane ride away, make sure you decide at least a day beforehand what you absolutely can’t live without for three months, and make sure everything will be able to fit into your storage unit. This will save you a lot of time, money and anguish.

Follow these few tips, and moving out will be a lot easier than you expected!

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