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You’ve finished your finals, spent your last meal swipe and said goodbye to all your friends. What’s left to do? Oh right…move out. While it seems like a task that can be completed in one night, moving out, like most things done properly, takes time and effort. Here are some steps to moving out that don’t involve chugging energy drinks or trying to pack everything into one box.

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1. Lighten Up

If you live close by, start by bringing home stuff you no longer need (heavy coats, that pair of shoes you said you would totally wear, yet never did). It’ll make things lighter for both your parents and your car.

2. Return your books.

If you bought your textbooks through a website like Chegg, make sure to send them out ASAP. If you bought them from the bookstore, sell them back! Most colleges usually give back cash for old books..what’s not to love?

3. Donate!

Most colleges will usually set aside a space for items to be donated to charity at the end of the year. Look at all your stuff, particularly your bigger and/or heavier objects. Do you really need that stand-up lamp? That worn? That shoe rack that never quite stayed together?

4. Ask your parents to bring supplies.

This includes, but isn’t limited to: garbage bags, plastic bins, twine.

5. Do a final room sweep.

Check around the room for things like chargers and be sure to go through every drawer. (I may or may not have forgotten to clean out two of my drawers last year when I moved out.)

Sure, moving out can get pretty stressful and kind of depressing but look on the bright side: you only have to wait three months before moving back in again!

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