You finally feel free – classes are done for the summer and you (hopefully) passed all of your exams. But then you realize you have to somehow move everything out of your dorm without chaos ensuing. You definitely thought you needed those nine pillows but now it’s dawning on you that your car just might not be big enough. To ease your mind of these stressful situations, here are some tips to remain sane come move out day:
- Take Things Home Over Time – instead of trying to take everything home at once, take stuff back periodically. Going home for the weekend? Pack the car with things that you won’t be using. Friends or family coming up to visit? Send some things back with them. This makes the end of the year packing much easier.
- Pack Ahead – Don’t wait until the last minute to put things together. Plan ahead and start packing a couple days before you want to leave. Things can take a lot longer than you think and you don’t want to be rushing. Start with the stuff that you don’t use on a daily basis (decorations, desk items, etc.) and then pack the necessities your last day you plan to stay.
- Don’t Stock Up on Food – it’s easy to continue your habits of buying food up until you leave. But whatever you buy, you’ll have to take home. It’s best to keep spending to a minimum so that everything will fit in the car.
- Consolidate – when packing, put your things in any organizers you brought with you. Instead of grabbing an extra bag to pack things up, use the storage container you used to store things during the year. This lessens how many large bags/containers will take up space.
- Double and TRIPLE Check – the worst thing to happen would be to get home and realize you left your charger in your desk drawer. Make sure all the drawers are empty and that nothing has fallen behind the furniture. You wouldn’t want to wait a whole summer to get your stuff back.
Olivia Wash is a sophomore at EMU and is currently majoring in marketing with a minor in apparels, textiles, and merchandising. She is involved with BlogEMU, AMA and the Honors College. When she’s not working for the Marketing Street Team or in class, you can find her working at Urban Outfitters in downtown Ann Arbor.