Start Summer in Style: 5 Tips for Moving out of Your Dorm
As we approach the end of the year, suddenly our lives become busier than ever. The stress of finals alone is enough to occupy almost all of our time, but, on top of this stress, for those of us dorming, we have to pack up and move out of our dorm rooms for the summer. With so much to do, we want to use our time in the most efficient and productive manner possible, of course, by this, I mean watch Netflix. No, seriously, do not only watch Netflix for the next couple of weeks. This part of our lives (addiction) can wait until the summer. Anyway, here are five tips to help you efficiently prepare to move out of your dorm room.
1. Start early
This is probably the most obvious and important piece of advice that all of us seem to never follow. However, it is so important to start early in some capacity. Like with finals, any effort that you make now to help yourself through the packing and moving process will only save you time, energy, and anxiety later. If the thought of physically starting to declutter and pack is too overwhelming, start by making lists of what you need to pack, what you want to get rid of and how you’re going to get rid of it, move-out procedures and timelines, etc. Small steps are big time-savers.
2. Spring clean your wardrobe
This is definitely the second most important tip. We all probably have too many items of clothing, stuffed into our tiny dorm room closets and sets of drawers, that we don’t even wear. If you haven’t worn an item in the past semester that you could have worn, weather permitting, then you should question whether you will wear that piece of clothing again. Decluttering your wardrobe doesn’t only save you storage room and packing boxes, but it also gives you a piece of mind and a certain sense of calmness that we all need after the finals period is over. Moving out of your dorm room is the perfect time to declutter your wardrobe as it helps declutter your mind.
3. Embrace minimalism
In accordance with the second tip, the decluttering mindset should extend to all of your possessions. Anything that you never use and just sits in your room collecting dust should either be donated or given to a friend, unless said item cannot be salvaged and needs to be thrown away. Keeping only the items that you truly need and want will not only help you in the moving process this time around, but it will help you with all of your future moving days.
4. Save things that could be of value
While this is seemingly antithetical to the last point, it is important to strategically give or throw away items, not just toss everything away that you don’t really think you need in order to making the packing and moving process simpler. Everything from sentimental items that you have accumulated over the past year to notebooks from old classes (especially from those intro classes) should be on your “save” list.
5. Organize all of your items into categories
This tip goes along with all of the previous tips and will make packing (and unpacking) all of your stuff so much simpler. Before you start packing up all of your items, make sure to label what is going to be in said packed-up box on the box itself and put all of those items together beforehand so packing is less stressful and quicker. Even though this seems like an obvious piece of advice, in our finals-focused minds, we sometimes let the small (yet important) stuff slip.
Now it is time to embrace the summer and go back to the comfort of your own home to relax, unless you’re interning here in New York City. Hope that everyone had a great year here at NYU. We made it through!
Written by: Elisa Lewittes