With the end of the year fast approaching, you may be looking at all the stuff you’ve accumulated in your dorm room and wondering, “How am I going to get all of this out?” It can be a stressful process, especially if you live out of state during the summer or you’re moving into your first apartment outside of the dorm. These tips can make things a little easier for you and help to keep the waste to a minimum on your way out.

Decide What to Keep And What to Toss

Some things are obvious. You’ll want to throw out any food you haven’t eaten, of course, but you’ll want to keep your mini fridge and microwave. But what about the things that fall into a more grey area? Maybe it’s clothes you never wore or books you bought at the local bookstore and never read or felt like reading but might one day. Maybe you brought an instapot with you and then never used it.

When you’re getting ready to move, take stock of everything you have and decide what to keep and what to do away with. Before you throw away the toss items, ask your hallmates and classmates if they’d like them. Maybe make a listing on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to sell some of the items you don’t want to keep.

Buy Used Boxes

You won’t be able to avoid packing boxes, but you can be environmentally friendly by buying some used packing boxes, and you’ll probably be able to save money in doing so. You can also possibly get boxes for free by asking around campus for boxes if you start early enough. You should also make sure not to overestimate the amount of boxes you’ll need. You should need no more than 10-15 boxes when moving out of your dorm. You can also pay a little more to get plastic storage boxes that you can reuse the next time you have to pack to move back in.

Make Use of Your Friends

You may be able to put your clothes and boxes full of books in the trunk of your car, and your microwave will probably fit on the backseat, but what about the rest? Tall bookshelves, couches, and so on will probably require a truck. Before renting a moving truck, check in with your friends who might own a truck or someone who might be willing to split the cost of a moving truck with you. If you’re moving back home out of state, you can talk to a local friend about storming some of your bulkier items so you don’t have to worry about transporting them back home. No one wants to be an imposition, but your friends may be happy to help you if you ask.

Try to keep your waste to a minimum when getting ready to move back home, but where possible, it’s important to recycle. That’s why Brazos Valley Trash Valet & Recycling offers complimentary single stream recycling service. Planning to move into a new place within Brazos Valley? Contact us today for more information on our trash and recycling services.