Depending on when your college starts classes, you may be moving in for the first time in the near future. Leaving home and moving to campus is a big change—getting off on the right foot by having a successful move-in can help you make the switch as comfortably as possible. The move-in day (and the entire move-in week) can be a little stressful, so make sure that you’re prepared and ready to go. Once the day arrives, use some of the following tips to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
First, and most importantly, have all of your stuff packed! If you’re running around your house the morning before you move in looking for a table fan, a desk lamp, an extra blanket, or your toothbrush, you’re going to start the day stressed. Get a move-in checklist and go through it several times in the weeks before you move in. Make sure you have everything together, packed, and ready to go. “Packed” doesn’t mean “together in a pile”—get all of your things into some bags and boxes so that you can just walk them out to the car in the morning and be done.
It can be really helpful to talk to your roommate about when you plan on showing up to move in. Depending on how large your dorm room is—and how you both like to do things—you may want to coordinate so that you’re not there at the same time. If you’re both trying to move your things into a small room, it can get pretty jammed and difficult to move around (especially if both roommates’ families are there helping out). Try to plan so one roommate gets there in the morning, and another arrives in the afternoon. It’ll be much easier for everyone involved.
It can be very helpful to have a plan on where you’re going to put your things—check out the floor plan for your room a week or so before you move in and start thinking about how you’ll organize it. Find out how the beds and desks are laid out. Will your bed be lofted? If so, you’ll have some more storage room. Does your desk already have a lamp on it? Then you can use yours on your nightstand (if you have one). Knowing things like this will make it even easier when you move in.
After you’ve moved in, start exploring your dorm! Get out and meet your hallmates and neighbors. Introduce yourself, see if you can find someone who’s in one of the same classes that you are, and just get to know as many people as you can. You’re going to be living with these people the rest of the year, so it’s good to start being social as early as possible!
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