Moving Out Made Easy in 10 Simple Steps

Hey yall!

Move out day is literally coming up SO FAST! It just hit me today that I only have 2 more weeks of class, and then a week of finals… WHAT! So move in day is basically here already and I wanted to give yall the scoop on how to make move out day go smoothly and quickly! Check out these 10 tips!

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1. Start Now!

Any of you that are going home for Easter weekend should start to bring home some things to help with all the stuff you’ll have to pack up on move out day. Go through your clothes and plan to take home those winter and fall clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. and any supplies/miscellaneous items you know you won’t need for the last 2-3 weeks. Breaking up your loads will make move out day easier because there won’t be so much stuff to shove into a little car. You want to be ahead of the game!

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2. Deep Clean the Dorm

There will be a checklist of things you’ll be responsible for cleaning in your dorm at the end of the semester. Most likely you will have to clean any mirrors, windows, floors, bathroom areas (if you have one), the microwave, and the fridge. You could get charged for maintenance having to do them if you don’t do them yourself before leaving. You want to make move out day stress free so making sure move out day is just about MOVING and do the cleaning before hand so you don’t have so much to worry about in one day. Start going through the fridge and dumping the old and expired stuff, wipe down the microwave (because we all know it hasn’t been touched all year), and sweep the floors.


3. Purge Everything!

This is a good time to take note of the things you didn’t use much this year in regards to clothes, accessories, shoes, supplies, and anything else in your dorm! If you have a bunch of clothes you didn’t even touch I would consider donating it. And doing so before move out day will again, make your life so much easier!

Remember the things you didn’t use because you don’t want to bring them back next year and take up valuable space.

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4. Where Will You Be Going?

Figure out where you’ll be going before move out day. By this I mean are you going home? Are you subleasing in your area? Are you taking your stuff to a storage place? Figure it out before move out day so your parents don’t drive all your stuff 6 hours home only for it to need to come back the next week for your sublease. In this instance I would suggest doing a short term storage locker for that in-between time.

5. Bring Totes/Bins/Baskets + Cleaning Supplies

It is easier to pack up totes and bins because of their regular and stackable shape. Don’t bring odd shaped bags, and don’t just stuff loose items in the car. You will fit more in your car if you pack in stackable totes. Bring totes with handles and lids so you can secure your belongings through the ride and easily carry them from your dorm to your car.

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Like I said before, you will be responsible for cleaning up your dorm room before you leave. So make sure if you waited to clean until move out day, you bring any cleaning supplies that may be needed to do that (i.e. Windex, Clorox Wipes, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet, etc.).

6. Pack by Room/Category

To make packing (and unpacking) a little easier, try packing your bins by room or category. Start in your bedroom and pack all your bedding, then go to clothes, then shoes, then hair and makeup, then bath stuff- you get the gist.

7. Label Your Containers

Going along with packing your totes and bins by category, I would label these bins so you know what is inside of them for faster unpacking! If you buy 5 pink totes how would you know what is inside what? Just stick a piece of tape on the lid and write MAKEUP so incase you are looking for your favorite matte lippie stix you know which bin to search through.

8. Finish Off Your Meal Plan

Some schools’ meal plans don’t roll over from semester to semester so be sure to finish off those dining dollars and swipes while you can! Treat your fam to lunch for helping you pack everything up!

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9. Double Check Everything!

Before you leave please please please do a couple walk throughs to make sure you didn’t forget anything under your mattress, under your bed, in a drawer, or anywhere! Double check everything! You don’t want to get home and realize you forgot something because maintenance will NOT save it for you to come back and get after you move out, no matter how fast you run!

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10. Make Note of Any Damage

Kind of like with apartments, you want to make sure you take pictures of the dorm before you leave and make note of any damages of the dorm before you leave. You don’t want to look at your statement of account and notice your school is trying to fine you $300 for a hole in the wall that you didn’t do. Make sure you have proof that you left your dorm in good condition!


And last but not least, say goodbye to everyone! It is crazy how you’ve only known your roommate and floor mates for 9 months and yet leaving them will be so hard! Be sure to keep in touch all summer!

I hope you have a wonderful summer and get some much needed rest from all the stress of college before we’re right back at in next fall! Please stay tuned for our College Move In Series that happens all summer to get you ready for move in day in the fall-because it’ll be here before you know it!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Itunu says:

    This was so helpful! I move out next Monday, and I’ll definitely be using some of these tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Itunu x


    1. Marissa says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you found this helpful! Good luck with move out day! 🙂


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