The 5 Steps
Moving out at the end of term? Staying on, but expecting new roommates? Let’s make the transition smooth, fair and sustainable—for everyone! Here are 5 steps to help you avoid last-minute moving chaos and to ensure that rooms and shared spaces are left as clean as you’d want them if you were moving in.
- Start early to make your move out smooth. Spend some time each day packing and cleaning to avoid last-minute chaos, housekeeping fees, and—if you’re staying on in Year Round Housing—to be ready for new roommates moving in.
- Figure out what you’ll keep, donate or recycle. Items like printers, bookshelves, mini-fridges, sports equipment, mirrors or kitchen gear.
- Go find your house or residence donation zone so you’re ready when you start packing. You’ll see bins for used books, electronic waste, used clothes, household items and non-perishable food. Can’t find it? Ask your RA!
- Put your plan into action: keep, donate or recycle your stuff. Organize your belongings into these 3 categories for maximum efficiency–and sustainability!
- Donate items at your house or residence donation zone starting in early-April. Your donations go to AMS Food Bank and Big Brothers Canada.
- Remember: Some items do belong in the garbage, like broken, soiled or ripped stuff & half-eaten/used foods that can’t be recycled or composted.
- Pack a little bit every day. You’ll be surprised how many things you can pack up in advance.
- Don’t leave it until the last minute!
- Tip: If you need to store any of your belongings for next year, Alluster Storage is a good option.
- Whether you’re moving out or getting a new roommate, it’s time to clean!
- Be thorough, respectful and leave nothing behind.