Tricks and Treats of Move out Day
The dizzying atmosphere of sleep deprived college students moving out is the polar opposite of move in day. With finals over and friends saying goodbye, the last thing a college student wants to do is linger and be the last one to leave. Simplify move out day with these tried and true tips:
Totes: Instead of finding more room in your house for accumulated college paraphernalia, box it all up in totes. Labeling these totes will cut your unpacking and organizing time in half when school starts up again. Consider totes for “bed”, “desk”, “kitchen”, “closet”, and “decorations”. Totes come in all sizes, but go big when going home.
Time: Packing up the car is best accomplished late at night. Everyone and his mother will try to secure early morning pack up duty. If possible, begin loading the car around 9:00 p.m. the night before. It will be cooler and you will have easy access to an elevator.
Tricks: Wrap a trash bag around pillows coming home and use those pillows as buffers in the car to prevent valuables from sliding in the backseat. In addition, save the time and energy by transporting clothes on the hanger from the closet to the car. This should be the last step in packing since the clothes can rest on other boxes and totes without being crushed. If a fridge is coming home, use the dried out fridge space to store small, loose knick knacks so they do not get mixed up with everything else. Avoid severe pile up in the passenger seat. One hair pin turn can send a mountain tumbling on the driver.
Trays: In the chaos of move out day, small necessities can unintentionally get taped up in boxes. Student ID’s, car keys, wallets, Chapstick, cell phone/cell phone chargers should always be placed in a designated tray. This tray will prevent frantic unpacking to find car keys ten minutes before hitting the road.
Tag: Remain goal oriented but keep priorities in mind. Leave time for your son or daughter to exchange goodbyes with friends. It is easy to lose track of people since finals end at different times for everyone. Tracking down close friends feels a lot like playing tag on the last day, but allot a solid 20 minutes for photos and reminiscence before packing up the essentials tray and heading home.
Treat: After finals week, emotional goodbyes, and packing battle wounds, your college student will be exhausted. A quick ice cream/coffee stop on the way home is a thoughtful way to gently ease your son or daughter into summer mode after nonstop hard work all year. But never forget the golden rule when dealing with college students: a rested student is a happy student. If your son or daughter is fast asleep on the way home, keep driving and save the edibles for later.
No matter what your tactics are for move out day, stay patient, stay focused, and prioritize. With your support and help, packing up an entire year will not feel like a nightmare. You can meet a few friends, be the most organized family there, and come home with a ton of junk…plus one very loved, but perhaps semi conscious, college student.