Monday, May 7, 2012

Move-Out Day Chaos

I moved out of my dorm on was pretty much hell. The two worst days of the year are move-in day and move-in out day, no joke. Almost everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong.

Ignore the fact that I look horrible in this picture (people, this is what three hours of sleep and a 2.5 hour calc exam does to you) and instead focus on how there are three grown people crammed into the front of the car. Everything in back of us is boxes. There wasn't any room left for us. 

Needless to say, we miscalculated how much stuff I've obtained during my two years of college and thought it could all fit into the back of our Ford Explorer. About halfway through loading the car we realized in a panic that not everything was going to fit. Much yelling and cursing and blaming each other ensued.

My university has strict policies on leaving items after move-out and coming back for them, so we had to abandon my lamps. No one else would take them. 

Fair thee well, $12 Target lamps. You almost burnt me every time I turned you off, but I'll still miss you.

Amid all the chaos, my sister and/or mom (it CERTAINLY was not me) accidentally packed my keys into some box. We didn't realize it until it was too late, and we weren't going to and unpack everything to look for them (our car was looking like a Tetris screen...we squeezed everything in so tight that we'd never be able to get it back in the same way again).

The nice, wonderful lady at Residence Life informed me that I'd have to pay a $120 charge for not turning in my key. I understand that I should pay some fee, but $120? Seriously? It costs you that much to remake this little guy?

I found my key while unpacking boxes today and mailed it back to school, so hopefully the fee will be waived or discounted? Cross your fingers.

We were so fed up with everything, but we knew we had to take a picture of our situation. My sister and I took turns sitting in the middle during the three hour car trip. We also stopped at McDonalds halfway through, because when you experience the most frustrating day of your life, you need a 1000-calorie hamburger to cheer you up.

Somewhat for my benefit as for others, here are some tips I SHOULD have followed to make this a successful move out endeavor.


1. Plan Ahead

It's been so busy at home and at college that none of us really thought about move-out day. It crept up on us. It took me thirty minutes after waking up on Saturday to realize I was moving out that day--that's how crazy things have been. Think about all the items you need to transport, and what vechiles you need to bring. Perhaps you should think about renting a trailer. You won't be the only one: tons of people bring trailers to move out of their dorms.

2.  Bring Enough Boxes

This one's obvious, but make sure you have enough boxes to put everything in! My freshman year I ended up literally throwing everything into garbage bags because we didn't bring enough cardboard boxes. Yeah, obviously we're great at this moving out thing...maybe you shouldn't listen to us!

3. Keep Original packaging

For big items, keep the packaging they came in. This includes TVs, appliances and even your mirror. We forgot to bring anything to wrap the mirror up in, so it made tiny dent in the ceiling of our car.

4. Bring Tools

My dad came a day earlier to try to transport my futon. Sadly, it was too small for his truck by an inch and we didn't bring any tools to break it down. Bring all necessary tools that you think you would need in case you have to take apart any furniture. Even if you don't think you need it, you probably will.

5. Recycle/Organize Ahead of Time

Our garbage shoot and trash room was full when I was moving out, so recycle and throw away trash early before others do.

6. Delegate tasks
I think part of the reason my keys got packed away was because my mom, sister and I just started throwing things in boxes randomly without really caring about what we were packing away. Assign tasks to all the people who are helping you move out, such as telling them to pack away the dishes, or to pack away the bedding. Also, inform others on what NOT to pack, so you can keep track of where you put the things most important to you.
Fare thee well, Fordham Hall. I will miss your beautiful views, but I will not miss the loud basketballers above me or the sound of the El coming every five minutes.

Yes, it was a stressful day, but it's over with at least. I'm sure I'll have to move many times in my life, so this is something I better just get used to. And the best part about moving out? It means that  SUMMER is here!

P.S. I will be participating in Mallory's Two Truths and a Lie linkup tomorrow, and you should all too! It's going to be a lot of fun. All the details are here. Basically you write three facts about yourself (one of them being untrue), and your readers have to guess the lie. I can't wait to see what you all think of mine!


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    1. Yeah, I should've expected it I guess...but $120 seems like way too much. $50 sounds right to me, but $120? Ugh.

  2. Sooo jealous you're all moved out already!! Woohoo for being DONE!:)
    And thanks for the shoutout, I can't wait to see what you have planned:)

    1. Thanks so much! Don't worry, you'll be done before you know it :)

  3. Wow Becky that's great news! Thanks for the tips, it's already ahead of me, because I'm moving IN in September.... in Latvia :) it will be a challenge!

    1. Latvia? That's sooo cool! Make sure you blog all about the move, I'm sure people will love to hear about it. Yeah, it'll be a challenge, but I'm sure you can do it!

  4. I was lucky that I always lived in apartments off campus so I never had to scramble to move out of the dorms. However, I helped tons of my friends move and I remember what chaos it always was! Glad everything worked out mostly okay, and I hope you don't have to pay 120 dollars for the key, that's crazy!!!

    1. Yeah, we have to live in the dorms our first two years, but I decided to live in them again next I'm starting to wonder why! Thanks for commenting :)

  5. Ah, the fun of move-out day. Great tips!

    I'd add using large plastic bins that you can get at Target or Dollar General. Last year for move-out, I bought 6. Even though they were $8, they've been so worth it as they're durable, last basically forever, and you can pack so much in them. Taking things home throughout the year - if possible - also helps. I can only hope that my residents (I'm an RA) have a smooth move-out day this week... It's always an adventure! (And our keys are between $50 and $200 to replace!)

    1. Those are great tips. I knew I should've taken stuff home throughout the year, but I just forgot about it. And the cardboard boxes we've been using keep breaking or falling apart under the stress of all my books, so using plastic bins is a great idea. Thanks!!

  6. Just came across your blog, new follower here. :) I hate moving! I moved every year of college and it was such a headache, yet I never learned that I really didn't need ALL the stuff I would always take with me instead of leaving some at home.

  7. HA! Oh, man! That's so ridiculous. I hear you on those moves being awful, I am so SICK of moving - I don't think I've gone longer than 9 months without moving since I graduated high school. I'm ready to quit packing my life into boxes, it's so frustrating!

  8. OH I remember moving in and out of dorms and what a trying time it was! It always seems like you don't have much stuff until you try and shove it all into your car. I hope they waive that fee for you!

  9. That was indeed a stressful move out day, Becky. But, yes, what’s important is that you’ve learned lessons that you would carry out next time. Also, creating a list of everything you own, and that would be moved out would ease packing and unpacking. Knowing which item goes where. This will make unpacking more organized, and in turn, easier.

    Ericka Muldowney


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