Moving can be quite a stressful endeavor. This is particularly true if you’re a college student. Not only are your finals probably just around the corner, but now you also need to think about moving your things out once the year is done.
And while this period will certainly feel hectic no matter what you do, there are things you can do and ways you can make everything at least a bit less stressful. Here are a few useful tips.
Start planning on time
If you’re in your last year of college, you know that you will have to move out sooner or later. That’s why it’s always a good idea to start planning for the move as soon as possible. Over time, this may encourage you to downsize and declutter your room and embrace a more minimalistic mindset. Simply put, the fewer things you have to move out, the easier the entire process will be. So, see if there are any things in your room you can declutter and donate and get rid of anything you don’t actually need.
Create a schedule
Aside from creating a plan, you should also try to create a moving schedule. This does not just apply to the moving day, but also all the days leading to it. So, as the moving date approaches, decide which things you can pack days and even weeks in advance, to reduce the amount of last-minute packing that needs to be done. For instance, all of your non-college related books can be packed up in advance, because chances are that you won’t really have the time to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite light read during this period. Also, see to it that you pack up any off-season clothes you might have because you won’t really be needing those either. Finally, create a check-list that will help you stay on the right track.
Ask your friends to help
Moreover, everything’s more fun if you do it with someone else. That’s why you should see if any of your friends are willing to help you pack and move. Since it’s likely that not all of you will be moving the same day, that allows you to see how you can help each other out. Of course, if any of your friends end up helping you make sure you return the favor.
Book a vehicle
Getting your things all packed up and ready for the move is, however, not the trickiest part. Actually, relocating your things to a new location is the trickier part. This is something you want to think about well in advance in order to ensure that you have a way to relocate your things when the time comes. You can choose to hire a moving company, but do know that the demand will be high during this period. Instead, you should consider checking out truck rentals and moving all of the things yourself. Your friends and family can help you load the trucks which will provide you with another dose of security, knowing that none of your things will end up being stolen or damaged.
Find the right containers
Deciding what you want to pack your stuff in is another thing you should consider before the move. Many people choose to pack their belongings in trash bags and similar containers. While this may seem like the most practical solution, the fact is that it is not always the best one. That’s why you consider obtaining moving boxes and pack all of your belongings in them. Not only will your items be more tightly packed this way, but you can actually label the boxes for easier recognition of their content.
Double-check your moving list
Finally, ensure that you double-check your moving list and see that you’ve packed everything up and that nothing has been left behind. During the move, it’s quite easy to leave behind things you’ve maybe wanted to pack last or forgot to pack up in the first place. Alternatively, you can tick things off the list as you load the items in the moving vehicle to ensure that everything is, in fact, packed and ready to go.
So, if the time to move from your current location is approaching, you should start planning for the move on time. Organize everything to the last detail, make a clear moving plan, see to it that you pack up all of your belongings and be 100% ready when the moving day comes.