I remember the feeling I had last year moving back home for the summer; complete worry. The reason why? We had hardly managed to fit everything in the car when I moved in and now I had even more stuff to move back! Anyway, long story short, we just about managed to fit everything, but only because of the hacks I used for moving home.
Here are some of my tips for moving home for the summer.
Like I said, packing was a nightmare for me in my first year. But there’s some useful things I learnt. Sort through things that you have and think “have I used this in the last year?” If you haven’t, take it to the charity shop. Clothes, shoes, books, desk tidies; these are all things that can clutter your space, but make a difference to a charity shop. Now, at the end of each year, I sort through all my stuff and decide what I’m going to keep and what I’m going to give away.
Being organised with your packing is also really important. I sort through my things to things I need when I’m home and things that can be in storage (i.e.: my parents garage). It makes things so much easier when you’re home.
Even if it costs a couple of pounds extra, park as close as you can to your accommodation. You’re not just taking one suitcase out, you’re taking everything you’ve needed over the entire year. That’s going to be a lot of stuff and you’ll realise it as you move out. Keep the car close so that you don’t get too tired walking back and forth.
Cleaning feels like a massive task, but get started on it the week you want to move out and do it in bits. It doesn’t have to be gleaming, but try to leave it in a good state if that’s what’s expected by your landlord.
What you HAVE to do
Find out what you have to do before you move out. Don’t expect to be able to hand in your keys without giving your landlord any notice, for example. Check if there’s anything you need to sign, how you’ll get your deposit back and if you need to have a room inspection first.
Find these things out in advance to moving out so that you don’t have any unexpected surprises on your move out day.