How to Pack Up Your Dorm Room

The end of the year is fast approaching. That means that you’ll have to pack a year’s worth of stuff into the back of a car, or, worse, into a few suitcases that will be transported via airplane. How the heck can you put all of those memories into so few boxes? Have no fear! Exodus Moving and Storage is here! We’ve seen more than a few dorm room moves, so we’ve come up with a handy list that you can follow to make sure that everything gets where it needs to go.

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1. Start by making a list. There’s a really good chance that you don’t need half of the things that are cluttering up your dorm room. Your list should include things that you absolutely must bring home, and those things that you can leave behind (like those pots and pans that are beyond cleaning or repair!).

2. Start donating. Do you have boxes upon boxes of macaroni and cheese? Got more Pop-Tarts than you know what to do with? Do you really want to pack up all of that food and bring it home with you? Probably not. But, you can certainly donate any packaged goods to a local food shelter or home – they’ll love to get those goods!

3. Start finding boxes. Hit up local grocery stores, liquor stores, and any other place that uses boxes regularly. Ask if you can have boxes for free, and start gathering things like tape, labels, pens, and other items. If you have the time and energy, it’s never a bad idea to start packing up early.

4. Store some things. Are you coming back to the same area next year? If so, maybe you should store that couch and chair instead of bothering to bring it home with you. A storage facility can keep those things you don’t’ need to bring home in a safe and secure storage spot for the summer months, and you can pick them up when you need them next year – problem solved!

5. Ship some things or call mom and dad to pick up some stuff. If your parents live near by (or friends or siblings), give them a call and ask them to help you move some stuff. If you can send a few boxes home prior to the end of the semester, that will be a huge help (and less stuff that you will actually have to bring with you).

6. Toss random things out. Once you’ve packed everything up, stored some items, and sent some items home ahead of time, you’ll see that a few things remain in your room. Ask yourself if you really need those things, or if you can just throw some of that stuff out. If it’s stained, ripped, ruined, or really just a mess, toss it. You can make new memories next year.

Moving to a Summer Spot

If you’re lucky enough to be spending the summer with some friends in a rented house, the same packing tips listed above apply. You don’t really need to bring tons of boxes with you, so get rid of the slack. You can also ask your buddies to help you move all of that stuff to your new place, or hire a moving company to do it for you. You’d be surprised at just how reasonable moving companies can be when it comes to pricing. Plus, hiring movers means that you won’t have to worry about getting things to your new place without breaking anything.

If you are moving to the Fort Collins or Denver area, make sure to give us a call. Our expert moving team will help you pack (wouldn’t that be nice?), move, and get settled in your new place or back to your old home. Either way, once the semester ends (or is about to end), you’ll have to find a quick way to pack everything up and move it all wherever you intend to go for the summer months. If you need some help moving out of your dorm, make sure to give us a call today. We also offer massive storage solutions for anything that you want to leave behind (we’ll take good care of those things during the summertime!). Spring has sprung and summer is almost here, so start packing up your dorm room today using the tips listed above.