I apologize – it’s been a while since I’ve been able to post. I’ve been adjusting to college life and lots and lots and looooootttsss of homework.
In the midst of this craziness, I thought I’d share about something I became familiar with – moving! 😀 (Also, stay tuned for photos of my apartment!)
Moving can be so overwhelming, especially if you’re setting up your dorm/apartment for the first time. There are so many things you need to buy, organize, and pack before move-in day.
Throughout this process, I’ve collected some of the best tips I’ve found on the internet and discovered for myself, and compiled them into this nice little list for you. I hope this helps with your move! Leave your favorite moving hack in the comments.
- Garage sales and Goodwill are your best friends.
I can’t even describe how thankful I am for “gently-used” items – and the prices that go along with them! When you’re first starting out, it is completely unnecessary to purchase everything brand-new. While some items you might need to purchase new, always check your local second-hand store and browse your garage sales. I got a nonstick frying pan at a garage sale for $1.00! Not to mention, I found a really nice like-new printer at a garage sale for $35 instead of the listed price of $60.
- Take inventory of your closet, including accessories and makeup in your handy-dandy bullet journal.
It helps so much to have a concise list of the things that you already own so you know whether you actually need something or not. You can also make a list of things you believe you’ll need for the weather you’ll be in, and check things off as you collect them.
- When purchasing clothes/outdoor gear, take into account the year-round climate and weather changes.
For example, I know that I’m moving to a place that’s farther north than I currently live, so it gets way colder in the winter. Therefore, I bought a longer and thicker winter coat than I would have if I was staying put.
- Check out multiple online packing lists, print, and highlight the things you believe you’ll need.
I’ve sorted through hundreds of dorm-related pins on Pinterest to find the lists I like the most, and I bookmarked them on the homepage of my search engine. I also printed certain ones and highlighted the specific items I knew I needed to purchase. Out of all the ones I’ve found, I think this is the most helpful one.
- Keep it as minimal as possible, especially if you know you’ll be home over Labor Day weekend or if something you’re not sure you should take can be easily shipped to you.
- Pack glassware, mugs, etc. wrapped inside your clothes.
As nice as it is to have 15 mugs to take with you, don’t pack them all in newspaper. Or spend money on packing peanuts. Instead, pack them inside your t-shirts and sweatshirts. Genius!
The most important thing is to allow yourself plenty of time to pack. I learned this the hard way – although I started organizing things that needed to go a week in advance, I crammed myself into only two evenings to pack everything. Oops.
Which of these tips is your favorite? Don’t forget to comment, like, and subscribe to see more 🙂