Mindful Move Out

Mindful Move Out

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.

1. Plan

  • 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!

2. Sort

  • 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 the Developmental Disabilities Association.
  • 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.

3. Pack

  • 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.

4. Clean

  • Whether you’re moving out or getting a new roommate, it’s time to clean!
  • Be thorough, respectful and leave nothing behind.

5. Check out!

  • Set up mail forwarding in the Student Housing Online Service Centre. (Fairview Crescent residents: Contact Canada Post to forward mail.)
  • Check out at your residence Front Desk!
Cleaning & departure checklists