As the semester winds down in a few months, college students across America will embark on their annual migration out of dorm rooms and return home to their mother’s nests. After you’ve aced your last final, you’ll have one remaining feat to conquer—pack your dorm room. If done right, moving out of your dorm room can be efficient, smooth and fast. However, this is rarely the case witnessed at college campuses. Often times the scene includes students who are run-down from excessive studying, looking overwhelmed and anxious to finish this blue-collar moving job and begin their summer off. Well, if you want get the job done in record time, there are a few pieces of advice to you may wish to consider.
Finish the Job on Paper.
This means to do things like take stock of your inventory and make the necessary arrangements/selections before moving will take place. For example, it’s recommended to reserve an inspection time, create a checklist, know where to drop off the keys, where the garbage goes, where a donation center is located, decide what you will keep and/or store for summer. (Expert Tip: to improve the ease and efficiency of moving out, many out-of-state students use a summer and storage service company like Collegeboxes).
Sometime before your finals begin, buy the basic items that you’ll need, things like moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newspaper, cleaning supplies, etc. This way, when the day comes, you’ll be on your way to packing, loading and going much faster. Also, once you have these packing materials, you can save yourself some time on moving day by packing things early. For instance, it saves time on moving day to pre-organize your items into categories, pack away your winter items and set aside the items you will donate, and even dropping them off early.
Stick to Your Checklist.
You can eliminate a lot of wasted time if you move methodically through your checklist. A simple, but effective checklist model is to divide your belongings by category. The golden principle to follow in moving through your checklist is to complete each category before moving on to the next. For instance, finish packing up your clothes before starting to pack your electronics. If you stay disciplined and navigate through your checklist in this way, you can rest assured that you are taking the most linear packing route from point a to point b.
If you really think about it, you share a tiny room with another student. Thus, the scale of the move is quite minimal vs. moving out of a house, condo, etc. If done correctly, you can pack your dorm room fast and move out like the wind. Of course, if you’re not organized, moving day can feel like an eternity. If you stick to the suggestions above, you will surely be on your way moving out of the dorms in record time.