The National Center for Education Statistics predicts that by 2023, undergraduate enrollment will top 20 million in the United States.
Are you one of the millions currently sitting through finals week? Then you know that the next great challenge after exams is moving out of your dorm or campus apartment.
While move-out can seem like an overwhelming hassle, it doesn’t have to be. Consider these 4 tips to make your college-move out a breeze.
1. Start with Spring Cleaning
Pick up and eliminate trash and other dorm/apartment items that are no longer of use. (Don’t forget to recycle old plastic, cardboard and glass!) Once these items are free from your space, you’ll know better what will need re-located once your lease expires.
2. Select What to Keep, Sell or Donate
As you look around your room or apartment, make three lists:
1) Items to pack and keep.
2) Items to sell on campus or Craigslist.
3) Items to donate to the nearest Goodwill.
Make this list early to give yourself enough time to coordinate.
3. Don’t Move All At Once
Any project is overwhelming when it’s done in a rush or all at once. Don’t wait until the last minute to assess and pack up your belongings, or try to move all in the same day.
If you’re able, move items from your dorm to their summer residence a little bit at a time over a few weeks.
4. Consider Summer Self-Storage
When you return to your permanent residence after the school year ends, you may find yourself with duplicates of everything—and a space issue! Clearing the clutter from one place doesn’t have to mean cluttering up another. Consider a seasonal self-storage unit to keep your college items safely tucked away until fall.
College students: How are you preparing for the end of the school year? Share with us in the comment section below.
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