6 Tips For Moving In Winter

By Emily Plummer on November 22, 2015

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The winds and rain and in some cases even snow, have appeared to welcome us into the winter season. Across dorms, apartments, and houses nationwide, students are hanging holiday lights and decorations, making steamy hot chocolate and delicious baked goods, and curling up in fuzzy blankets.

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While all the time, finals loom on the horizon threatening the warm, contented bubble we have created for ourselves — the ultimate hurdle before fall semester can officially end.

And if on top of exams and papers and projects and cold, you are planning to move out of your current living space at the close of this semester, you have got some planning to do.

The following are a collection of tips that will get you through this busy time and off on your way home to enjoy the winter break.

1) Plan ahead!

This one’s a biggie. Final exams already create a mayhem out of the last few weeks of the semester; add to that cold weather and a move, and you have a lot on your plate. But it’s nothing some good organization and time management won’t solve.

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Make sure to calendar out your final due dates and exams so you know when you will be most busy studying. Then figure out what day you are planning to move out. Now you know when packing needs to be done, and when you will have time to do it. If for instance, you have to move out of your current location the day after your last final, it may be beneficial to do the majority of your packing before exams even start.

Just don’t accidentally pack up all of your study supplies!

2) Be kind to your friends and family.

It is difficult to take on the entire task of moving by yourself. Someone will have to keep watch over your moving vehicle as it is being loaded up with stuff, as another carries items out of your living space and down to the car. Plus, it can get tiring lugging load after load of belongings, especially if stairs are involved.

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For these reasons, you’ll want to have Moving Day support. And for this, friends and family are the best allies. As Moving Day approaches, stay on their good side (maybe even bake them some cookies out of the kindness of your heart) so they will be happy to spend their days carrying pounds of bulky objects up and down stairs and across town just for you.

3) Gloves are a thing.

The cold weather of winter can make moving a struggle when you have to spend lots of time carrying boxes and furniture to your moving vehicle outside. So dig out the gloves you haven’t worn yet this season and have them ready for Moving Day.

You can be warm AND stylish.
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Your fingers will thank you.

4) Protect your cardboard.

If you live in a region where winter also means rain, you’ll need to be aware of this damp possibility on Moving Day. If it happens to be raining or has recently rained, leaving the streets and sidewalks littered with puddles, your cardboard boxes may be in jeopardy.

When it’s Moving Day and you look out your window to see this …
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Instead, try packing your things in plastic storage bins or covering your boxes with big plastic garbage bags. This will keep your belongings safe and dry on their journey to your new home.

5) Save the blankets for last.

If you have decided to pack ahead of time, think about the items you will be using up until the last moment before your move. This includes your day-to-day use items like toothbrush and toothpaste, some clothes and shoes, bed sheets and pillows, and most importantly during this cold season– blankets!

Cozy blankets equal cozy puppy (and humans too).
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Okay so a toothbrush might be just as important as a blanket, but blankets are definitely essential — especially if your home has no heater and those nighttime temperatures drop down low. So pack up your old books and pots and pans, but keep your blankets around to give you warmth on the last few nights in your home.

6) Invest in a space heater.

Finally, you will want to be prepared for your new home. It is probably going to be unequipped with heating, and — lacking any furniture or life as of yet — will be cold. In order to give it a cozy, homey vibe while your life is still in boxes as you move in, think about getting a small space heater.

These can be found pretty cheap online, and will make your new home a warmer, happier place as you unpack and settle in.

Ahh, cozy.
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By Emily Plummer

Uloop Writer
Hey, I'm Emily Plummer, a second year student at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and History. Reading, writing, and travel give me life, and I'm excited to share my stories with you.

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