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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Keep it moving

If there's one aspect of college that I truly don't relish, it's moving.

Does that face look excited to you?

When I move in and out of my dorm room every year, I have to mentally prepare for a long and less than fun process. I have to clean everything, package it all down into manageable-ish loads, and if I'm moving out, it's in the middle of finals too!

Now that I've moved in and out of a dorm twice and into an apartment once (with another move coming up next month!), I've nailed down my steps for making moving as painless as possible.

Before I even begin segregating my winter clothes from my summer clothes, I make a trip to the store to stock up on everything I could possibly need. When moving out of a dorm, you have to leave the room better than you left it or else you will be fined. When moving in, even though the person before you was supposed to clean, my germaphobe self simply cannot put sheets on the bed without disinfecting the entire room. You never know!

Here are my moving check-lists:

  • Make a list of everything you need to move successfully. From boxes to air freshener, stock up on any and everything so you don't have to waste time going to the store.
  • Wash everything. Seriously, everything. There's nothing worse than settling into a new space and being hit with piles of laundry. I've been using Tide ® PODS ® since I started college and they're the absolute best. Sometimes the washers at school don't filter in liquid detergent correctly, so with a pod, you're guaranteed to actually get some soap in your clothes! And since I'm lazy, I love that these combine detergent, stain remover, and a brightener. Also, this detergent doesn't have an HE vs. non-HE requirement - you can use it in any type of washing machine, regardless of what your school provides! College dorms can be nasty places, so a detergent that has 90% more cleaning ingredients than the 15% standard bargain brand is a win in my book.
  • Package all of your belongings into boxes and get them ready to go! Lift with your knees, not your back!
  • Before you unpack everything, give all the surfaces a good wipe down. I'm a fan of Bounty's ® Select-a-Size paper towels. They're twice as absorbent than their competitor, and since they soak up more, you don't have to use as much. To me, paying for paper towels is sort of like paying for parking - it's one of those essentials that I don't want to pay for. So, if there's a way to make a roll last a little longer, I'm all for it!
  • Snag a couple rolls of toilet paper. If you're living on a hall with community bathrooms, you should be set, but, if you're living in a suite or an on-campus apartment, you're going to have to supply your own toilet paper. 
  • Unpack your life. Personally, I feel like it's ideal if you can just hunker down and unpack everything in one sitting. It won't be fun, but it's better than having boxes linger around for several more weeks.
  • After gathering everything you need to put your life in boxes, start packing it up. I usually keep a few days worth of clothes set aside in a suitcase so I don't have to rummage around. 
  • Once everything is in boxes, I have to deep clean to avoid being fined (also, it's just nice to do so). The Swiffer ® WetJet Mop is my favorite! Seriously, when I was little, I'd ask my mom if I could Swiffer  ® he kitchen because I liked doing it. It's so convenient to keep the cleaning solution in the same apparatus as the actual mop, and the pads keep the dirt off the ground rather than pushing it around. My germaphobe self is quite the fan of watching it eat through dirt.
  • I read an article once that explained that after a while, you don't realize what your space smells like. To make sure any lingering odors are broken up, mist a bit of Unstopables Air Refresher around the space. It smells SO clean, and lasts for up to 6 hours. If it smells clean, it must be clean, right? ;)
  • Last but not least, leave a few rolls of toilet paper if you aren't the last one moving out. Your roomies will thank you for that little luxury! When I received Charmin ® Ultra Strong, I was very pleased with the washcloth-like texture that frankly, got the job done with less. You hear jokes of 2-ply vs. 1-ply and 2-ply is definitely the way to go. It's 4x stronger too!
One last moving tip - if there's one store that seems to always have a location nearby, it's Walmart. You can grab everything mentioned in this post there. Use the graphic below to keep these tips handy on your Pinterest board. Happy moving!

This post is sponsored by Walmart via Acorn Influence. All products in this post were given to me in exchange for my honest reviews of them. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that make Memphis Made possible!
Photos by Cecile Lonjaret

1 comment:

Thoughts? I want to read them!
xx, Victoria