Moving day is always an exciting day for college students, but it can also be stressful, emotionally and physically taxing. From having to lift heavy furniture to having to haul box after box, moving into a dorm or off-campus apartment can take away from the excitement of the big day—but it doesn’t have to be that way! The experts at Man With A Van are here to school you on the moving dos and don’ts for college kids and their families, so the big day can be memorable for all the right reasons.
Don’t Fold Clothing
For t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, PJs and any other pieces of clothing that you keep in a dresser, packing them by folding them into boxes is a total waste of space. Whatever the size of your moving boxes or plastic containers may be, you’ll get the most out of them by rolling these items, rather than folding.
Do Use Wardrobe Boxes
When it comes to the clothing you have hanging in your closet, simply throwing them into a duffle bag is amateur hour; this is college—you’re in the big leagues now. Instead, take advantage of wardrobe boxes. Not only are they easy to pack up (just transfer them from your closet, straight into the box, hanger and all), but they’ll also ensure that your clothes come out of the box wrinkle-free.
Don’t Fill Boxes With a Variety of Items
Packing can be stressful and time consuming, but if you fill boxes with random items that don’t go with one another, then it’ll make unpacking that much more of a pain. For instance, don’t fill a box with a couple of shoes, some clothing and a few photos. To make unpacking less of a headache, keep like items together—one box for shoes, another box for sweaters, another box for jeans, etc. This way, your dorm room or apartment feels like YOUR room in no time.
Do Label All Sides of Your Boxes
Boxes can get stuck under a pile of other items, behind pieces of furniture and end up way in the back of a moving van, so if you only label one side of a box, you’re creating an unnecessary guessing game. The chances of the labelled side not facing out are pretty good—making you panic about whether or not you remembered to pack up certain things—so it’s smart label all four sides. Sure, this may take more time at first, but because you’ll be able to clearly see the category of each box, it’ll save you time once you’re on campus.
Don’t Do It All Alone
Parents can be great helpers when it comes to college moving day, but because everyone’s emotions are a bit…on edge…hiring professionals will make everyone’s life easier. Not only will they be able to easily move the heavy furniture—so you don’t have to break a sweat—but they’ll also make the move less stressful, feel way easier and go faster. So you and your family can get a few more hours of quality time in.
Do Use a Moving Company With Vehicle Options
Some college kids are minimalists, some have 20 pairs of Nikes, and whatever team you’re on, there’s no right or wrong amount to bring to college. However, there is a right moving company to choose, and that’s a company that offers a variety of moving trucks. When you have a moving company that offers trucks of different sizes, you can opt for a sprinter van for those smaller moves or a box truck for those larger ones.
Ready to make the move to college easier than surviving pledge week? Then contact us today to book your moving appointment with the crew at Man With A Van, servicing Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.