Anyone who’s ever had to move can say this: moving is a huge pain and not a fun experience.
However, there are ways to make moving easier on yourself, and the biggest way to do so is to not take everything with you.
Here are some items you won’t need to take with you to your apartment in West Columbia, SC next semester to make moving less of an ordeal.
1. Books (specifically, textbooks). After a semester’s over, you most likely go on break and come back to school and get the textbooks you need for that semester’s classes. Books are super annoying and heavy to move, especially if they’re textbooks you have no intention of ever opening again. Rather than just getting rid of them, try selling them.
2. Clothes. Pretty much everybody has clothes in their closets and drawers that they don’t wear. So why bother moving them to your apartment if you’re not going to wear them while living there either?
3. Furniture. Moving furniture — or storing it — can sometimes be just as expensive as buying new. When moving, consider if you really love whatever furniture you have and what condition it’s in.
If your furniture is not worth moving, you can always sell it to other students directly or online and buy or rent new furniture for your new apartment.
4. Rugs. Moving a rug that’s been in your dorm or apartment for a while isn’t really worth the effort if it’s not in good condition. Chances are it’s pretty dirty, stained, and vacuuming it isn’t going to restore it to its initial glory.
5. Free promotional stuff. You know those days towards the beginning of school when your college hosts a day in which you get lots of free stuff and then how most of said free stuff isn’t ever actually used or useful?
Yeah, pitch all those promotional plastic cups, random foam balls, crappy plastic sunglasses, and other assorted free junk you picked up and then discarded somewhere. That stuff doesn’t need to make the move with you to your next apartment.
6. Extra towels. Obviously, you need towels — but many students seriously bring way too many towels when moving into a dorm or apartment and those can take up a lot of room when moving.
Unless you’re going to use them for wrapping stuff while you move, donate them to an animal shelter or some other place that can use them.
So when you move, consider getting rid of these things first — it will make your move a lot easier and allow you to deck out your new place with cool new things and less clutter.