How to Make Moving Out of the Dorms Easier on Your Sanity

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is upon us. It seems like just yesterday I was walking into my dorm room for the first time, not even realizing that moving in means moving out. I’m pretty positive taking things out of the room is much more work than bringing them in. Obviously not, but it sure seems like it.

Now, I have yet to actually move out of my dorm, so this is just what my personal plans are to make sure move out is quick, easy, and painless (at least mostly).

First and most importantly, DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. I’m sure by now you’ve realized that this is a common piece of advice while in college. It’s horrible to wake up the day of move out and realize that you have absolutely nothing packed up. So start making time to find boxes and bins that you’ll be able to use to load all of the stuff you’ve accumulated over the year.

Although I still have two weeks until I actually move out, I’ll be starting to gather things up ASAP just to relieve some of the stress that comes alone with packing. You have to remember, you won’t only be thinking about packing, you’ll also be thinking about finishing up classes, finals, papers, saying goodbye to your friends, and a whole bunch of other end of the year tasks. If you wait until the last moment, you’re bound to be too stressed to properly pack up.

Secondly, find out what the proper move out routine is for your school. Here at University of Iowa, there are a whole bunch of specifics that students must follow in order to properly move out of the dorms. This includes times, cleanliness, damages, and other fine details that go along with making sure the dorm is empty and ready for the next round of residents.

Most of the time, improper check out results in some sort of extra charge. Now, I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t want to have to think about being all finished with the fees that come along with school only to get a bill in the mail for an extra $50 because you didn’t follow the rules.

Thirdly, if you happen to start rustling around in all of your belongs and realize that you either have too much stuff or you have things you don’t need anymore, find a way to give it away or sell it. If you want to go the path of selling your things, you can go about it in multiple ways. You can make fliers to post up in places people might run across them, make a post on one of your university’s Facebook pages, or just talk to friends and acquaintances to let them know you are looking for some buyers.

The other route is merely giving away your unneeded belongings. Goodwill is always a great place to donate your extra clothes and furnishings that are lightly used and ready for a new owner. There are always places like Craigslist and the classifieds in the newspaper to also get rid of unwanted items. Most of them usually have a section for very discounted/free items.

Finally, make things easy on your parents! They will be so happy to walk into your dorm room and realize the battle is almost over. Of course, they’ll have to help you with some of the bigger items but if you have the majority of your room cleared out, just imagine how happy they’ll be that the process of moving out is already started.

So get started right now. Don’t wait, it’ll make your life so much easier during this stressful time.

Related Posts

The following two tabs change content below.
Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.