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Closing Time

It's finally here: move-out week. Can you believe it? If you're having issues packing things up, feel free to read on.

If you’re feeling a sudden chill, a chill that may symbolize the daunting task of packing your belongings for the summer, don't be alarmed whatsoever.

That means you have still kept your sanity and know that thousands of people like you are being faced with mounds of "stuff" accumulated over the school year.

Not only are you going to have to fill boxes upon boxes of memorabilia, but you are also going to be thrown right in the middle of the horrific battlefield that is the elevator. And if your hall does not have an elevator, I hope you have the upper body strength to last the whole day.

As for how many boxes you need for move-out, I'll help you out by saying that I got myself two extra-large boxes and four large boxes from the local storage company. Seven boxes plus a four-drawer file cabinet seems to be more than enough to accommodate for my things. I decided to purchase extra if need be.

As I mentioned in a video last month, packing clothes may or may not be all that crucial to you. If you have plenty of clothes waiting for you at home, why burden your luggage with them when you can use that space for more useful items? Limit yourself to only a few shirts and shorts if you already have a week's worth of clothing at home.

If you're like me and have a lot of framed pictures, this simple packing method last year was worth millions and did not damage any of the photos.

Fold a shirt or pair of jeans and lay it in the box. Place the picture on top of the clothing and keep this procedure going until you have no more pictures left. Essentially, it's sandwiching pictures between clothes to provide them with a nice cushion. It takes some extra time, but it's entirely worth it in the end.

A good way to lighten the load is to head over to a donation facility and get rid of things you no longer use. You would be shocked to see how big of a difference the packing process gets when you cleanse yourself of unnecessary items. You'll likely get a nice tax break too, so there's further incentive for you.

In general, I think you will find moving out is easier than moving in, especially if you live on a higher floor. The top two floors of a dormitory are the most likely to get empty or half-empty elevators, while people on the second and third floors will be constantly greeted by packed elevators. Regardless of what floor you're on, have your things out of your room and by the elevator several minutes early, as you will not always get room on one.

The weather while moving out is going to be much more tolerable than it was in August, which will help tremendously. The bottom line here is you need to be patient; don't be surprised if getting all of your things down to the lobby takes longer than an hour.

With that being said, take as much stuff down in one trip as you possibly can. Of the seven boxes I bought, I will only need about four or five, so a few trips up and down won't be too bad. Many students here are becoming literally trapped in their "box city" they have made in their rooms.

I hope everyone has enjoyed these articles and I look forward to contributing more next school year. Please don’t hesitate to make any topic suggestions.

Next week I will be leaving for a summer study program in Rome, Italy. I will be submitting a weekly recap of my experiences there and how students should go about their business in a foreign country. While abroad, I will be taking a weekend trip to London, so please feel free to follow along in my adventures.

Have a safe, relaxing summer!

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Cheryl Butler May 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Kyle, you've been such a great addition to our Patch family! I'm going to hunt you down this summer and pick your brains about college!!!! Happy moving home!
ed doubrava May 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The lawnmower is calling your name !!!
Kristen Chase May 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
So excited to see this writer back in RI! I witnessed this student's packing skills first hand last year. Talk about organized! Can't wait for more writing from Italy & London Kyle.
Kyle Doubrava May 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Believe me, I'm ready!
Kyle Doubrava May 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thanks Cheryl! I'd be more than happy to sit down and share some more info about college -- it's never a boring subject, let me tell you that!

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