Moving out of the dorms can be just as big of an ordeal as moving into the dorms. There will be a lot of organizing, packing and cleaning. Resident Life takes move out day pretty seriously. At most schools you have to be out by a certain time. Some schools make you fill out move out documents. Whatever the protocol is at your school, make sure you’re informed and on top of things. Finals are in full swing and all you can think about is summer break, so don’t let move out day slip out of your control. Here are few tips to help you master move out day like a pro!
Attend your dorm meeting or set up a separate meeting with your RA if you can’t make it. This meeting is important because you will learn important dates and times for when you need to be completely moved out of the dorm. You will also find out about any paperwork needed to be filled out before you leave campus and you will get instructions on your room inspection. Attending dorm meetings is always a good idea, and who knows, they might have pizza!
If you never got around to spring cleaning you probably have a closet full of clothes you don’t need and a bunch of random clutter that could be recycled. Make sure to do this before packing up your room so you don’t have to deal with it when school starts back up in the fall. A good way to do this is to make three separate piles, one to keep, one for maybe, and one to get rid of. Make sure you have time to sell or return your textbooks and pay any extra fees or fines that you owe the school. You will feel like a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders once you get rid of useless clutter and it will make packing and storing your things that much easier.
Make sure you have a plan for where you are going to store your stuff. If you attend college out of state it is a good idea to find a storage unit close to campus. Only take home the things you will need over summer break and leave the bigger items in storage. There are many storage units that offer summer student discounts, so do your research and find the one that fits you and your budget best. If you attend college close to home and plan on bringing all of your stuff home with you, make sure you have communicated with your parents and have a space to put your stuff over the summer months.
Stay organized when you pack. This will make your life easier when you unpack and move back into the dorms in the fall. Keep all of your academic materials together, all of your clothes together, and any extra odds and ends together. Try to avoid throwing everything you own into one big box. The last thing you want to deal with when you move back in is having to organize and try to find your things rather than catching up with friends.
If you think you won’t be able to get moved out in time because of other obligations, ask for help. Find a friend who lives off campus or has already moved out. They can help you load the car and keep things moving to make sure you avoid a late fee or getting bad marks on your move out inspection.
Moving out of the dorms can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow the tips above and you should have smooth sailing into summer break.