By Elyse Delano |

Move out week for college students involves a crazy whirlwind of emotions – stress and anxiety about finals, excitement for your summer vacation plans and sadness over having to leave your friends for a few months.

It’s already a stressful time, especially when also trying to fit in stuffing all of your dorm items into a tiny car. It can be a real anxiety-inducer.

In August, you had researched all the best tips on how to move into your dorm, but chances are you’re too busy studying and socializing that you haven’t gotten around to researching how to move out yet.

Luckily, I’ve compiled some basic instructions to prepare your dorm or apartment for move out day, both the time leading up to move out and the week of.


  1. Bring all (or almost all) of your winter clothes home during Easter break. If you’re not going home for break, look into getting vacuum sealed bags and putting clothes in those, and then storing them under your bed. You can purchase these bags on Amazon or at your local Walmart. This will clear up drawer space for summer apparel and allow you to pre-pack half your clothes before move out.
  2. If you have clothes/shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn since move in, DON’T bring those home or store them any longer–donate them to the Waco Salvation Army. If you haven’t worn them by now, you probably never will. Don’t waste time packing them during your busy finals week, donate them now!
  3. Decide what to do with any books or binders from last semester you have leftover so you won’t have to worry about packing them up. Post textbooks for sale to the BU 2023 Facebook page for incoming freshmen to purchase or sell them back to the bookstore.
  4. If you live in a dorm, chances are you have some extra long sheets and bedding that you’ll never use again. Consider donating or selling your comforter – put it up for sale now! It’s better to have this stuff sold by move out while you’re still in Waco than having to worry about it over the summer when you’d rather be lounging by the pool.
  5. Take photos of all the items you bought to accessorize and decorate your room – you probably will want to change your room’s theme and won’t be needing that pink lamp anymore. Take photos so you’ll be able to sell these items online to incoming freshman. It’s good to have all these items documented and accounted for anyway so that you know what you’re planning on keeping before going to unpack them again next semester.
  6. Look into getting a storage unit now if you’re planning on getting one. If you don’t have a lot of stuff to store, consider pairing up and splitting the cost with your roommates or friends.


Pick one item a day to focus on since you’ll be busy with finals.

  1. Do your laundry and set EVERYTHING aside except for a few go-to outfits that you can easily pack or rewash. You want to make sure that you’ve accounted for all your clothes and have them packed already so you’re not throwing piles of dirty laundry into bags on move out day. Plus, this will save you time during finals week.
  2. If you haven’t yet, pack up your toiletries and bathroom supplies that you don’t use daily into a box or bag. Throw out anything almost empty or that you never use.
  3. Buy lots of trash bags. You’ll want the trash (or recycle) to become your new BFF. Chances are there’s lots of old papers, snack items and other junk lying around that you won’t want to move. Plus, they’re great for filling with clothes/shoes/bedding since you probably won’t be going out to buy boxes. Just make sure you label which bags are trash and which are full of clothes you’re keeping.
  4. If you have jewelry, buy a few small straws. This piece of advice sounds odd, but when you’re moving necklaces and don’t want them to get tangled, drop one half of the necklace into the straw and clasp it so it’s protected from itself and won’t be lost as easily.
  5. LABEL LABEL LABEL. This is very important–not necessarily for move out day, but for when it comes time to unpack all of your stuff. Having organized and labeled containers will help you know where it all goes when it’s time to take things out. It also helps to have a clean and organized room when packing and labeling so that you don’t have to clean as you go along.

The end of the school year is an important moment to focus on your finals, so it’s good to take moving out one step at a time. Just follow these steps little-by-little and you’ll be good to go. Good luck!