Top Tips for Student Moving

Being a college student can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a lot of work. With classes to attend, papers to write, books to read and jobs to go to – college is full of stress. What can make it even more stressful is if you have to move to a new home in the middle of it. When will you have time to squeeze moving into your already jam-packed schedule? Here are some tips to follow to help make your student move easy and organized.

Make a moving checklist. If you haven’t yet adopted the habit of making checklists to keep your head on straight during a busy time, doing so during a move is a great time to start. Making a checklist is the ultimate way to help organize your time and ensure you don’t forget to do any of the important tasks you need to complete. When creating your moving checklist, describe in detail everything that needs to be done before, during and after your move. Include a time frame for each task and ensure you follow it precisely.

Don’t move unnecessary items. The longer you live somewhere, the more items you accumulate. If you take a look at everything you own, there are probably a few things you don’t need or want anymore. To make your move easier, it’s a good idea to leave behind or get rid of any unnecessary items. You may also consider donating your unwanted items – old clothes or books – to charity. Not only will doing so save you lots of valuable time, but you will also be doing something good for someone else.

Get help. No matter how big or small a move is, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to tackle it all on your own. As much as you may hate to ask someone to help you move, it’s something you will definitely have to do. So round up some friends – or family if they’re nearby – to lend a hand. Put some people in charge of packing and labeling and others in charge of the heavy lifting. The more help you have, the easier, faster and more successful your move will be.

Collect packing supplies. Moving to a new place is impossible without packing supplies, so be sure to gather the must-have essentials before beginning to pack. If you are moving on a dime, try and find free supplies. First, look around your current home for any boxes or containers that you already have. Next, ask friends and local businesses if they have any supplies you can have. If you are willing to spend some cash on moving supplies, then check with local moving companies. Yes, buying supplies will add to the overall cost of your move, but having the proper boxes (and other supplies) will save you a lot of time and trouble in the end.

Label all boxes and containers. When packing up your belongings, it is very important to label all boxes and containers as you go. If you avoid this important step, unpacking post-move will be a nightmare. How exactly will you find specific items if you have 50 moving boxes that all look almost exactly the same? There are many ways to label your boxes, like listing their contents or destination room or with specialized words like “fragile” or “this side up.” For more tips on labeling, click here.

Start packing early. In order to make your move as calm and efficient as possible, the best thing to do is start the moving process early. Moving is a very stressful time, so if possible, start packing at least two to three weeks before your move.

One last thing. Another important thing to do when preparing for a move is to go over your plans with everyone involved. This will ensure everyone is on the same page and will help things run smoothly come moving day.

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Helpful Tips to Create a Moving Checklist

When you’re preparing for an upcoming house move, your brain can become a cluttered and jumbled mess as you fill it with more and more tasks you must accomplish before the big day arrives. Not only will this cause the stress of your move to become overwhelming, but it can also cause errors to occur – important jobs forgotten, chaos and injury, etc. So what can you do to combat these problems and make your move less overwhelming? While moving house will never be completely stress-free, there is something you can do to tone down the tension – create a checklist.

Making a moving checklist is an essential step to take to help guarantee a successful relocation. Lists will help you organize all of your activities, from scheduling a moving truck and moving help to packing all of your belongings easier more efficiently. What’s also great about checklists is that they are useful no matter what type of move you are having – local, interstate or international.

Here are a few ideas on how to make a moving checklist:

Use pen and paper. When making a checklist, it is always a good idea to start with pen and paper. This will help get your mind focused on the task at hand – moving. Since paper lists can be incredibly hard to keep up with, and hard to read, be sure to only use this method for a first draft.

Create a Word document or Excel sheet. After you have your first draft written out on paper, you can then transfer it over to an MS Word or Excel document via your computer. Don’t forget, though, that your electronics will eventually need to be packed, so at some point, our next step will serve you well – printing them.

Print your list. Printing your checklists will provide you with easy-to-read copies of your checklists. There are also many websites out there that allow you to print pre-made checklists. These lists usually cover all of the most important moving-related tasks and items, but know that they are unable to be modified, which means you may still need to make a few lists of your own.

Use your phone. Considering your phone will typically be with you at all times during your move, it may be the optimal place to keep your checklist(s). Saving a PDF file on your phone is one way to keep your list(s) handy. Another is to download a moving app, such as the My Move app for iPhone, Android and the Kindle Fire. Not only is this app free, but you can either use pre-made checklists or create your own. You can also check completed tasks off as you do them.

Now that you know some convenient ways to go about making a checklist, here are some things to consider adding to it.

Household Items Checklist

First, make a checklist with all of the household items that need to be moved. Be sure to group all of the items that need special handling together – fragile belongings like electronics, antiques and china, or bulky items such as pianos. This will allow yourself and professional movers to better prepare for the job, including how many movers will be needed and what tools or equipment may be required.

Also on your household items checklist, you should include things that are unable to be packed or moved by professional movers, such as plants and hazardous materials (gasoline, pesticides, motor oil, etc.). Having these items on your list will help you decide if you should really take them with you on your move, and if so, to remind yourself to find a safe way to do so.

Packing Checklist

Packing will be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming jobs to accomplish when moving. Having a detailed checklist that includes all of the belongings that are to be packed will benefit you greatly.

If you decide to pack your belongings by yourself, it is a good idea to include on your list the supplies you will need to get the job done. This will help ensure you have all of the materials you need so you won’t have to keep running to the store for things you’ve forgotten.

If you are hiring professional packers, you should also add to your checklist any items that may require custom crating, such as valuable paintings and sculptures.

Utilities Checklist

Before moving, you will need to notify important utility and service providers of your change of address. Here are some that you should add to your checklist:

  • Government Offices: State/Federal Tax Bureaus, Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, City/County Tax Assessor.
  • Utility Companies: Electric, gas, water, internet, cable.
  • Personal Accounts: Bank/finance Companies, credit card companies, insurance companies.
  • Personal Service Providers: Doctors, dentists, accountant, lawyer.
  • Subscriptions: Newspapers, magazines.

You will also need to change your address with the Post Office or fill out their online form for address change.

Kids Checklist

Moving with kids can add a lot of extra stress to a move. You want to ensure they are well taken care of throughout the moving process, and also that none of their belongings get left behind or lost in the shuffle. So make a checklist designated just for them. Include on it everything from collecting school and doctor records to a rundown of all of their possessions.

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