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Don't Procrastinate Packing!
With finals quickly approaching, packing up your dorm or college apartment is probably the last thing on your mind. Packing is all-too-easy to procrastinate because just the thought can be more overwhelming than three final exams one-right-after-the-other. But resist the urge to wait on packing! The sooner you start, the easier it will be. When your eyes get tired of staring at the textbooks and you're longing for a half-hour of watching MTV, consider turning your study break into a packing sprint instead. Packing is ideal for study breaks. It's physical, takes your mind off of homework and the results are rewarding. Little by little you can get so much done! And in the end, you'll have a visible, tangible achievement... something that a distracting marathon of "Sixteen & Pregnant" just can't offer.
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Even if you don't get started until after finals, it's important to start and finish packing in an organized manner. Whether you begin now or later... do NOT just start throwing everything into boxes. Take the extra time and effort to keep things together that go together. For example, don't pack a box with a few pairs of shoes, notebooks, your laptop charger and your set of microwaveable bowls. Pack kitchen stuff with kitchen stuff. Shoes with shoes. It sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many college students just throw everything into boxes and get the heck out... only to later wonder why they can't find anything. Also, label! Labeling what you put on each box will save you time and energy later on when you wonder which box you put your new pair of wedges in. Don't forget to label breakable things as fragile. You might think you'll remember... but it's better safe than sorry having broken your pretty glass vase!
Be Practical & Choosy
For a three-month period during the summer, you're not going to need or want as much stuff as you did during the school year. The more minimal and exclusive you are with what you bring, the happier you'll be at the end of the summer when you have to move again. First of all, divide up the obvious things. You definitely won't be needing sweaters, furry boots, an Eskimo-esque coat and other wintry accessories unless you're interning at the North Pole. You won't need your textbooks and loads of school supplies unless you're taking courses for a summer semester. And you probably won't need your entire DVD collection, stacks of magazines, bookshelf full of unread novels and box boardgames unless you plan on being bored-out-of-your-mind or a hermit for three months.
All that stuff you won't need (wintry clothes, school supplies, entertainment things) have to go somewhere. See if your parents or grandparents have space in their attic or basement for your boxes. If that's not an option, consider renting out a storage shed. You may have a friend in a similar situation with whom you could split the cost and storage. Either way, it's worth the investment to have a safe place for your un-need possessions while you keep busy over the summer.
Order of Packing
When it comes to packing, start packing away the unimportant stuff first and leave the things you use a lot until absolute last. You might want a single box full of all the things you'll need "right away" when you move into your summer place. This box would include a set of dishes and dinnerware, toiletry items, body/make-up/hair products, your toothbrush, laptop and laptop accessories, etc. When you move into your summer residence, you may be exhausted and might not feel like unpacking right away. Instead of opening and rummaging through all the boxes for your laptop charger, you can open the "right away" box and have everything you need right at your finger tips asap!
Once you're all packed up properly, the moving out of the old place and into the new place is the next step. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on unpacking and decorating your summer apartment!