August 1st-6th is Simplify Your Life Week.
Simplify your life this back-to-school season. Moving to a new dorm or apartment? We've gathered lists of the best moving hacks to save you time and hassle!
Moving to a new place can be an exciting and great new chapter in a person’s life. But moving day itself can also be one of the most stressful days you’ll ever live through. As anyone who’s gone through this process can tell you, little tips to make the whole thing a bit easier are greatly appreciated.
Moving to a Dorm
1. Coordinate with your roommate
Before arriving, make sure you and your roommate plan to be on campus at the same time so that both of you can discuss how you want your room set up. Christmas lights? Tapestries? Don't put them up until you've discussed it first.
2. To dolly, or not to dolly?
If your dorm room is on an upper floor with no elevator, you should consider renting a dolly to help carry heavy loads. Before you do, check with your school to see if they have any available for students to borrow on move-in day. And don't forget, lift with your knees, not your back!
3. Move in early
If there's any way to move into student housing earlier than the official move-in day, do it! Moving into your college dorm will be much easier with fewer people doing the same thing. This will also give you more time to explore the campus, get your books, help others move in, and decorate your dorm room.
4. Get your bearings
Before moving in, find out where the nearest all-purpose department or hardware stores are, like Target or Home Depot. That way, if you need something for your place, you'll be prepared, instead of having to scramble to find directions during the chaos of moving.
5. Visit the bookstore early
If you have to buy textbooks from the bookstore on move-in day, remember that other students may need to do the same, so try to find a time where the bookstore will be less crowded. If you can, come the day before and hit the bookstore before most students have arrived on campus. Or better yet, order your textbooks online and have them sent to your mailbox. If possible, get your ID card and mailbox information early, too.
6. Watch your stuff
At many colleges, parking near student housing is limited, so you may be asked to unload your car near your dorm room, park your car at a different location, then return to the dorm and carry your items up to your room. Keep a careful eye on cameras, stereos, computers, and other items of value to prevent them from getting lost or stolen while piled outside the residence halls. Be sure to keep an eye on them in your room, too, as you’ll likely keep it unlocked while you’re moving in.
7. Don't fight the Kodak moments
Your parents may want to take many, many pictures of you moving into your college dorm. Don't fight it. They may view this as a big, exciting moment — even if it's not your first year — and you'll probably be happy you have those pictures later in life.
8. Hire a moving company
Hiring a moving company that specializes in helping college students move in and out of dorms, like DormRoomMovers.com, can save you a ton of hassle. All you have to do is sit back and relax.
Moving to an Apartment
1. Find Free Moving Boxes
Moving can include a lot of unexpected costs, some of which are completely unnecessary. One of these is buying moving boxes. Clothing and grocery stores, as well as the Craigslist free section, are good places to find perfectly good boxes at no cost.
2. Pack Clothes on Hangers
To save the time it would take you to remove clothes from hangers and fold them, only to move, unfold and rehang them later, all you have to do is zip-tie the hangers together and wrap the whole lot in plastic wrap or a large garbage bag.
3. Load Furniture with Drawers
If your drawers have handles that stick out, unscrew the hardware and place the handles on the inside; this will help to prevent them from scratching other items in the move. You can also use your drawers to store other items in the move.
One of the hardest things when moving is to keep all your boxes organized. It’s never easy to find things when you arrive at your new apartment. This can be made simpler through a color-coding system that’ll let you glance at each box and immediately know which room the contents belong in.
5. Pack Plates
A moving disaster that you definitely want to avoid is broken dishes. If you pack your plates vertically, like records, they’ll be less likely to break in transit. Mark the box "fragile" too.
6. Pack Mirrors and Pictures
If you thought plates were difficult to keep intact, wait until you have to pack some mirrors and glass picture frames. In these instances, you’ll have to pack each item separately, wrapping it in bubble wrap or packing paper like a present. Make sure you label the outside of the box “fragile.”
7. Use Your Towels and Sheets
Linens take up a lot of space in boxes that could be used for other things, but they can be put to good use when moving. Wrap your more fragile objects in your towels and sheets; this way, you can pack everything and save yourself some bubble wrap. Two birds with one stone!
8. Pack a TV
Televisions are another tricky customer when it comes to moving. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use, such as covering the screen with a towel or sheet, wrapping in bubblewrap, then use the retail box (or build a custom box) to transport it. Always remember to keep your flat screen sitting upright. Next time you buy a TV, keep all the original packing material and you can use it next time you move.
9. A Quick Way to Fill Holes in the Wall
Small holes in your apartment walls, though seemingly insignificant, can cost you some money upon moving out. To prevent this, fill them in using a bar of soap. Just rub the hole with the bar until it’s filled.