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Keep Calm and Move In

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As I was publishing the news today, a headline stood out to me "Students Return to MSU Campus on Sunday." It's crazy to think that summer is coming to a close and that it is time to head back to school--well for students that holds true.

Four years ago as an incoming University of Michigan freshman, I made the big move to Ann Arbor and settled into my dorm. I remember the excitement of moving into a place of my own away from home; but now reflecting back, I can also recall the stress and chaos of that day.

Last weekend, I made another big move. I said goodbye to my apartment that I lived in during my time at U-M, and hello to my new place. Thrilled to be making that next step in life, I also knew that it was going to be a stressful day and taxing week.

Moving can be a crazy time in your life, and also for those around you. Whether it's moving into your first dorm room, your first apartment, or a new house, it is important to remain calm and collected. Making the switch this past weekend, reminded me that there were things I wish people would have told me when I moved into my dorm and apartment.

"Keep Calm and Move In" Tips & Tricks:

1) Plan Ahead--Be practical and smart about what items you pack.
 

2) Make a List--Write down things that you need and things that you want. It will help you decide which items are important, and which ones you could do without.
 

3) Pack Smart--Organize your belongings into boxes neatly so that you can quickly identify where the box should go post-transport. Sort and group toiletries, kitchen utensils, electronics, bedding, etc.
 

4) Less is More--Remember you can always purchase items when you arrive at your destination.
 

5) Move First, Decorate Later--Yes, Pintrest and flipping through the IKEA catalog can be fun and serve to be a source of inspiration for organizing and decorating, but don't get hung up on the details. It is good to have a vision for your new space, but save the decorating for later because your mind  may change after you actually move in.
 

6) Ask For Help--Don't be afraid to reach out to family or friends. Use your resources!
 

7) Dress Comfortably--Pack the heels in a box. Wear sneakers and clothing that you can comfortably move around in.
 

8) Clean Before Unpacking--Past tenants often leave spaces dirty. Start fresh and clean by wiping down surfaces and vacuuming before unpacking your things.
 

9) Meet Your Neighbors--Chances are your neighbors are going to see or hear you moving in. This is a great time to make new friends and exchange information in case you need something in the future.
 

10) Breathe--Try to see the light at the end of the tunnel. All good things take time. Allow yourself time to think so that you can arrange and make the space your own. Don't expect it to happen all in one day or overnight.

 

 

Yours in "Keeping Calm & Moving In," 

Jane

 

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