The start of the autumn semester always comes with the excitement of moving into your new place, minus the actual moving in part. Whether your school is across the country or down the road, the hassle of hauling your things around has hardly gotten easier since freshman year, your pile of stuff hasn’t gotten any smaller, heavy luggage does not feel any lighter, and you still have not figured out how to fit everything into your bags. This is why we want to provide you without tips and trick on how to move into your dorm with as little hassle as possible. Here is how to move from home to a college dorm with less hassle.
Be ready when it’s time to move
If there’s anything you know that you can do to prepare before you have to move, get it out of the way now. Go through the things you threw in your basement when you moved out last spring and threw out and replace old or broken stuff and amenities which will save you the hassle of hauling all those things all the way to campus and hunting for them there. Make sure you forward your home mail to your campus mailbox, and that any textbooks you ordered online arrive at the right address depending on their delivery dates. Preparing now will save you a lot of time and space
Pack only what you need
Make sure that you pack light, if you do not need it, do not pack it. Be merciless with whatever you do not need. The easiest way to make sure you do not over or under pack is to make a list of everything you need before you get started and be honest with yourself. It is okay to pack the regular essentials and your newest clothes, but as a general rule, avoid packing anything messy, perishable, or easily replaceable. You are better off just buying these items when you get to your destination. There are exceptions, but only the well-justified ones count, like specific items you can not get at school. An example is only to pack food that is particular to or very easy to find where you live since there are tons of grocers that have that type of back home, but none near your campus. Keeping your bags light is a good start, but professional packers know to pack strategically as well. Tempted to throw all your things into your suitcase and just deal with the inevitable wrinkles in your clothing later? Resist the temptation and take steps to streamline the move-in process. Pack your clothes on their respective hangers, and It takes less than an hour to move into your dorm. All you have to do is just remove them from your closet, fold them in half, placed them in a box, in the same order as you take them out of your closet, and you are all set.
Get some help when moving
Take advantage of all the resources around you. One tried, and true option is to get help from a moving company, but there are other options open to you, some might be right in front of you. A lot of schools provide services to help students with move-in days, like storage space and golf carts. Look for off-campus resources, as well Even if you are working by yourself, there’s no need to burden yourself with all the weight. Use a moving dolly to haul your stuff around as it makes moving in a lot more comfortable than if you were to carry everything yourself.
As much as you want to make a good first impression, don’t wear your best clothes when you are moving into your dorm. You will be carrying things in, probably in the heat, and if you try to impress everyone, you will most likely end up with sweat-soaked clothes. A better approach would be to wear sensible clothes, get your things into the dorm, get cleaned up, maybe take a shower if you need to and then get ready to make some new friends. That does not mean you have to wear your worst clothes, just adopt the same attitude you would while studying or relaxing at home. Choose something comfortable and functional that you can wear around the campus on your first day.
Before you leave home or as soon as you get to the campus visit the local convenience or container stores and find stackable crates and similar items to help you maximize your available space. Turn your bed into a loft bed for extra storage or desk space under it. Ask the residential life office to provide the necessary tools. Consolidate your things. Useful technological gadgets like surge protectors, for example, can save you the time you would otherwise spend searching for outlets and untangling wires. Get creative and maximize your space. You can stuff socks into your rain boots. Put some shirts into your shoe boxes. This will save space and trips down to your car when you are moving in.
Settle into your new place
The exhaustion that comes after a hard day’s work may tempt you to throw up your hands in frustration and retire early in the day. But trust us, now is the time to get settled and make your space livable, while you’re still in the mood and you still have the time. Use organization methods to keep your stuff straight, and label your boxes and drawers to save yourself time in the morning when you are getting ready for class, particularly for the first few weeks or so while you get used to your new place. Each new school year brings another chance to decorate the walls with your personality.
Flat Price Movers hope these tips make your first day less of a hassle so you can get your real school year started much faster. So stop dreading your move-in day. Follow our advice on how to make your first day easier and we guarantee you will like the way you move.