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 five 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. Plus, if you have roommates, don’t forget to make a plan for those items that don’t seem to belong to anyone.
- Go find your house or residence donation zone starting in early-April, so you’re ready to start sorting and packing. Can’t find it? Ask your RA!
If you live in Marine Drive, watch for a pop-up donation zone by the elevators on your floor. We’ll be rotating pop-up donation zones from floor to floor beginning in late-March.
- Put your plan into action: keep, donate or recycle your stuff. Organize your belongings into these categories for maximum efficiency—and sustainability!
- Donate items at your house or residence donation zone starting in early-April—or, for Marine Drive residents, donate at a pop-up donation zone when it comes to your floor between late-March and late-April.
- Remember, some items actually belong in the garbage: broken, soiled or ripped stuff that can’t be recycled and half-eaten or used foods that can’t be 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!
- Whether you’re moving out or getting a new roommate, it’s time to clean!
- Be thorough, respectful and leave nothing behind.