8 Move-Out Day Tips That Save You Time, Space, And Sanity

8 Move-Out Day Tips Guaranteed To Save You Time, Space, And Sanity

Moving day can be hectic, but there are ways to make it a little bit easier.

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As the spring semester comes to a close, there is one last event that college students are dreading: move-out day. Moving, in general, can be pretty hectic. Everyone is running around trying to make sure they haven't forgotten anything whilst others are questioning why everything won't fit in their car. Despite the chaos and insanity of move-out day, there are ways to make your move a whole lot easier.

1. Roll your clothes.

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Rolling clothes can save you a lot of space depending on how tight you roll them. Folding and stacking clothes can take up a lot of empty space which leads to needing more boxes than you should. This trick can be used for going on vacations too.

2. Leave your clothes on hangers and put them in trash bags.

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When I moved into my apartment, I used this trick and it saved me a lot of time. If you don't want to use the rolling technique above, this one works really well. Just take a trash bag, put your clothes in, and wrap the drawstrings around the hangers. You'll be surprised at how many clothes you can fit in a trash bag. Oh, and don't forget to buy the extra large trash bags to make it even easier.

3. Label your boxes.

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The worst thing you can do is not label your boxes and just throw everything in them. When you get home, you'll be wondering where that computer charger is and have to cut open every box just to find it. Don't do that to your self, just label what is inside before you close it up.

4. Start packing a few days before move-out day.

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Yes, I know finals are upon us and that takes precedent. But does it really take you that much time to clean out the old food in your refrigerator? Starting a few days in advance can speed up the process on move-out day. You don't need to leave your friends and parents to do all the work.

5. Say your goodbyes in advance.

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Everyone is going to be running around move-out day, so I doubt you'll get the quality goodbye that you're looking for. Start saying goodbye to your friends before the day rolls around so that you can spend the quality time with them that you're looking for.

6. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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Everyone is going to be trying to use the elevator, so if you're physically up to it, take the stairs instead. This will save you a lot of time instead of waiting for the elevator to come back down from the top floor.

7. Clean your room after you've gotten packed.

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You don't want to get fined for having trash in your room after you've gotten packed up. Make sure that the room is exactly like you found it when you moved in.

8. Double check EVERYTHING.

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The last thing you want is to forget something after you've already turned in your key. Have a friend or family member check behind you to make sure that you haven't forgotten anything you brought with you.

So with that, happy move-out day to everyone! May the elevators be fast and your car be able to hold everything that you brought with you.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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