5 Ways To Make The Move From College To Home A Little Bit Easier

5 Ways To Make The Move From College To Home A Little Bit Easier

Because I swear, we leave with more stuff than we came with!

Maybe you finished the semester a few weeks ago, or perhaps you still have a few more weeks left until finals week. Regardless, it’s that time of year where your car is filled to the brim with your belongings once again: it’s time for move out!

The day you hand in your room key and mailbox key will come before you know it and it certainly can be stressful. After all, how can you possibly pack up everything in your dorm while balancing the stress of finals week at the same time? And as a freshman in college, this task can be even more daunting.

Yet no matter what year you are here’s a few tips to make this task a little easier.

1. Gradually pack up your items throughout the second semester and bring them home with you on a trip home!

No one wants to start packing up their belongings early in the second semester, but this first tip certainly relieved my stress and saved room in my car when it came to moving out.

Even if it’s just your winter clothes, big heavy jackets that you don’t need anymore, or a few knick-knacks in your room, start to assemble a box of it to bring home. This works even better closer to Easter since you’ll already be going home anyway, so why not bring a box or two back with you!

It’ll be one less thing you have to put into your car when its time to move out.

2. Try to pack a few items a day during finals week.

If you’re like me and you put off packing until the last minute, then this tip will certainly help you!

Between spending hours at the library and reading through endless pages of notes, the last thing you’ll want to do when you get back to your dorm is pack up your belongings. While it is tempting to lay in bed after a long study session, packing at least one box full of items will make moving out less stressful.

3. Ask for help from your family and friends!

During the week leading up to move out, my mom, grandfather, and older sister suggested coming up to see me and taking a few of the larger boxes back home with them. And it truly helped a lot!

If you have bigger items like a mirror, side-table, a storage unit in the bathroom, anything large, it’s truly beneficial to ask one of your family members to come up and help you out!

After all, you could take them out to lunch or dinner somewhere near campus and make a nice visit out of it! Plus, I’m sure they’ll be glad to help you. (Especially since I’m sure they’re ready for you to be back home!)

I was also extremely fortunate to have my boyfriend help me push carts of my belongings out to my car on move out day and without him, I wouldn’t have had a clue how to fit everything into the trunk of my car. So, enlist the help of your family, friends, significant other—don’t feel like you have to handle moving out all on your own!

4. When it comes to unpacking, clean out your closet before you put your belongings back in.

It’s finally the time of year when you’re home and no longer have to live out of a suitcase on the floor! Yet that means you’ll have to fill your closet back up with your clothes and I’m sure there are items you don’t wear that were left behind.

Instead of just putting all of your clothes back into it (since you probably bought new clothes while at school!), go through the items in your closet that you no longer wear anymore and donate them.

I spent my first day back at home, sitting in my closet and going through old clothes, shoes, and all my drawers and completely organized them! Yes, it is a lot of work, but I promise it’s totally worth it in the end!

5. Keep your storage units, mattress pad, and dorm decorations in one box after unpacking.

It may be tempting to just disregard all of the storage units or decorations you bought (or were given) for your dorm, but store them somewhere! A basement, a storage unit, a garage, somewhere you can easily retrieve them!

Chances are, you’ll be using those items again whether or not you’re living on campus or off campus next semester. Keeping them in one or two boxes that you can easily grab when it’s time to move in either over the summer or in August will save you the hassle of packing them up again!

As I said before, the end of the semester will come faster than you realize (even if it seems like it’s dragging during the January/February months!). Soon, it’ll be time to say goodbye to your dorm, to your roommate, to the friends in your classes, and head back home for the summer. The last thing anyone wants to do during their last few weeks at college is pack, but I promise following these tips will make the process less stressful in the long run!

So, grab some boxes and start packing!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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