It’s almost summer and you know what that means! Time to move on out of your residential hall/plaza and back home – or into an apartment – or wherever your life takes you this summer. Moving out can be a really stressful and time consuming experience, but here’s a few tips to help ease the workload.
Honestly, how much of your stuff are you actually going to use during the last few weeks of school? Odds are, you’re going to be spending a lot of time hidden away in a remote corner of a library or staying up until 2am cramming for finals. You are not going to be worried about making use of all the random stuff you’ve accumulated throughout the year. So just pack it up early, and then you won’t have to deal with it later.
Spring clean out.
I don’t know about you, but in my experience, I tend to finish out the year with a whole lot more stuff than I came with. Don’t be a hoarder, be honest with yourself. Do you have certain clothes that you know you’re just never really going to wear again? Shoes that you’ve worn out? Useless trinkets that end up shoved in the back of drawers? I bet you do. Toss em! It’s a great opportunity to give to charity too. Take a bag on over to Goodwill or any other donation home. The Hill typically sets up donation bins throughout the residential area around Week 10 and finals week.
Sell your stuff.
Nobody wants to have to lug home a ton of textbooks and school supplies that they’re never going to use again. What’s the solution? Sell them, of course. UCLA has a couple awesome Facebook pages for textbooks and Free and for Sale. Use these resources to get rid of the things you don’t need, while simultaneously helping out your peers who might need them for summer sessions or future quarters.
Move in increments.
Well, if you’re international or out of state, this one is not very possible. But if you happen to live somewhere relatively close, take a weekend to move out any and all unnecessary items. It’ll really help slim down the last day load, and you wont have to worry about trying to fit every all at once, because you can reuse boxes and suitcases once your stuff is safely back in your home. If you ARE out of state or international, one option is to try and ship some things home in advance. It may be a bit pricey, but it’ll really help towards the end when you’re panicking to keep track of everything you own.
Friends can be life savers! If you know anyone with a car, that’s a great way to get some help moving out. It’s also a great way to avoid making a thousand and one trips up and down the elevators. Grab a couple homies and you’ll have your stuff out the door in no time.
Save every box you find.
Boxes fall into the category of college valuables. We don’t really think about these things until it’s too late, but start thinking now! Every box counts! When you get packages in the mail, textbook boxes, even shoe boxes, KEEP THEM. They will become your best friends by the time you start packing. Big boxes for clothes and appliances, textbook boxes for small things like socks and underclothes, and shoe boxes for little things, like trinkets and the pictures you pin on your walls.
Check everything twice.
And then check again. Could you imagine getting halfway home before realizing that you left an expensive necklace lying in the back of a drawer, your phone charger plugged into a wall, your favorite pair of shoes in the back of your closet? That would suck. Don’t forget to check every part of your room twice – and then again – before you leave for good.
And that’s it! You’re all moved out.