You don’t want to deal with all of this during the last days of finals. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Vieux Bandit licensed under CC BY 2.0We’re quickly approaching the end of school, and if you’re still living in the dorms then it’s time to start thinking about packing. It’s still early, but last year I got a head start on the generally horrendous process of moving out and was much better off for the effort. Here are some things you should be doing RIGHT NOW to make the final days of school a bit less miserable.

 

Get a go-box

Last year in early April I went out to a storage unit and bought a fairly large cardboard box. I set it up and found a place for it in the corner of the room, and it was one of the best decisions I made all of freshman year. Over the next few weeks, you want to put anything in this box that you don’t anticipate using the rest of the year. DVD’s, unused school supplies, novels, and winter clothes are all good candidates. It doesn’t have to be neatly packed or particularly organized, it’s just a wide net to absorb some of the packing blow before mid-May panic time.

Set up a storage unit early

If you’re storing things in town over the summer, go ahead and get a storage unit as early as you can. Many have great student deals starting as early as April. If you don’t have many near campus, their offices are usually packed once May gets here, so start early. It’s nice to be able to move things over gradually over the course of a few weeks than making an entire day of it during finals. This requires you get into the mindset that moving out doesn’t have to be a one or two day marathon; it can be a gradual winding down of the semester. Last year I was essentially down to the bare essentials by the last week of school, and most of my creature comforts were packed safely away.

Have a yard sale

You probably came to college with tons of stuff you never used. DO NOT store these things; they’ll just waste your space next year too. Put out a few Facebook notifications that you’re selling a few things, and see if you get any bites. If you have a few bigger-ticket items you could also try out Ebay or Craigslist to get a few bucks in return for less clutter. If you feel a little bit less self-serving, or just don’t want to deal with the hassle, drop some stuff off at Goodwill. Our good founder Kelly Sutton brought this concept to its logical extreme with cultofless.com; check it out for some inspiration.

Have any other early packing rituals?  Any moving-out horror stories? Let us know in the comments.