What you’ll need at home over the Summer

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So we can obviously tell you what you should put in storage over the summer (furniture, plastic bins, lamps, notebooks) but summer vacation is getting close, so you may want to think about what you should bring home with you! Here are a few of our suggestions…

1. Clothes: You probably don’t need your boots or big jackets so those can go in storage, but there’s some things you definitely do need. For starters..bathing suits, shorts, PJ’s, undergarments and anything you like to wear in warm weather are necessities.

2. Trip Essentials: Are you going somewhere this summer? If you are, you may need a suitcase or your passport. Be sure to check the weather because you may need some clothing items that you wouldn’t necessarily think to bring home like rain coats or some extra sweaters.

3. Summer School Stuff: If you’re taking a class over summer whether it’s at a college near home or online, don’t forget your school supplies. Bring those notecards, books and anything else you use regularly!

5. Job Must-Haves: Are you starting an internship this summer and think you’ll need all of your nicer professional clothes? Be sure to think about what you’re doing for a job this summer and plan accordingly clothing and supplies wise!

TIPS FOR CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS

addresschange-blog15Even though your dorm may only feel like a temporary home away from home, there are still some advantages to changing your address. You might think it’s just as easy to let your parents handle your mail at your home address, but sooner or later, this can lead to problems.

What happens when your school sends you important information that you need right away? What if an old friend tries to reach you? If you are attending college in another state or city, how will your address affect your ability to vote or get a drivers license?

The process of changing your address is fairly simple and since it will most likely not be the last time you will do it in your lifetime, you may as well learn how to do it now. Here are some tips to follow to help make changing your address as simple as possible.

  • Remind Yourself to Do It!

In the chaos of packing and moving, it can be easy to forget to change your address. Make sure you set reminders on your phone or on your calendar so it gets done. Ideally, you will want to request the change of address before you actually move so you don’t miss a beat.

  • Make Sure You Have the Right Address

If you will be living at a dorm, make sure you know the exact address. It could be that your school has its own mail distribution system and that the actual, physical address of your dorm is not relevant. Be sure to ask around and know exactly what address you need to change to.

  • U.S. Postal Service

The logical place to go when it comes to changing your mailing address is the U.S. Postal Service. As you fill out the forms to change your address, you may notice that you are asked whether you want to file a permanent or temporary COA. A temporary COA allows you to have mail sent to your new address during specified periods of time up to 6 months. If you know you will be spending your time away from college at your home address, a temporary COA may be a good choice.

There are a few different ways that you can complete a change of address through the U.S. Postal Service. You can submit changes via the Internet, which requires a $1 verification fee to ensure the change is legitimate. You can also call 1-800-ASK-USPS to change your address by phone. Most people typically fill out Form 3575 at their local post office when the time is right.

5 things not to keep in storage

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Our team at Dorm Room Movers is super excited for summer to be coming up because that means one thing…STORAGE SEASON! When you all go home for the summer, or off to vacations or abroad, we store your stuff, making leaving for break SO MUCH easier.

You can store almost anything- boxes full of clothing, room decor bedding, or things like bikes, lamps and  all types of furniture, but there are some things you shouldn’t keep in storage. If you’re not storing with us this summer but you rented a storage unit locally, this definitely applies to you too! Here are our top 5 things not to keep in storage…

1. Cash

2. Jewelry

3. Passport

4. Illegal substances or paraphernalia

5. Hazardous materials

So be sure you take all of this stuff out before putting your things in storage with us, or anywhere else! Please see our FAQ section for more information on what can’t be stored with us!

Happy packing:)

 

 

How to clean out your microwave after an explosion

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So. You’re a college student and sometimes cleaning isn’t always your first priority.  When it comes to a microwave, it’s pretty easy to let things boil over or accidentally explode. You can always simply wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe, but you may also want to deep clean it without using generic cleaning supplies. Here are 5 unique ways to naturally clean your microwave…

No matter what you use to clean your stuff, make sure to do it right away. If you don’t it will be more difficult to clean, start to smell or even get moldy.

Happy cleaning!

3 things to Spring Clean before move out

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It’s that time again- spring cleaning. This year is particularly important because you’re heading home from college and you’re going to have to pack all your stuff in your car, in boxes or pay to have it stored. Bottom line: the less stuff, the better…and the cheaper!

Here’s a few parts of your room you may want to focus on this year:

1. Closet: This is always a big one.You’re always changing, growing and buying new things so it’s important to get rid of the old. The rule of thumb is typically if you have not worn the item of clothing for at least a year, it’s time to give it up. Some say for every new item you get, you should give one away. Maybe you have a friend who absolutely loves your clothes or you know a great goodwill near by or someone who is in need. It’s always better to give your items away instead of throwing them out!

2. Desk: This may or may not be a new thing for you this year. You turn in so many papers, assignments and take tons of notes. What do you need or want to keep for next year? What is okay to throw away? Chances are, you have a lot of things backed up to your computer and you don’t need to keep a lot of your printed out items. As far as notes go, maybe you know a friend who is taking that class next semester and you can pass them down. Either way, it’s probably best to get rid of pages with just doodles and planners or flashcards that are useless now!

3. Dorm Room Supplies: Do you think you’ll need that shower caddy next year or are you moving and having your own bathroom? It’s time to get rid of anything you know you won’t be using next semester, or anything that is maybe too gross to use again. Look in to shower supplies, bulletin boards, posters and room decorations! If they are damaged and not worth paying to ship or store home for the summer, it may be time to retire them!

3 ways to bring spring into your dorm

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Feeling blue? It is proven that nice weather can help keep people happy. Now that spring is rolling in, it seems that that old man winter didn’t get the memo. Regardless of the temperature outside, there are things you can do to simulate the sweet touch of spring in your dorm room. Here are 3 ways to bring spring into your dorm.

Procure a plantSimulate nature at its finest by bringing a plant into your dorm room. Opt for a plant that is resilient and relatively easy to care for. Bamboo can thrive in areas with dim lighting, and the beautiful plant is thought to bring luck to the bearer. Cacti (and other succulents) will benefit from a warmer climate, and can also flourish under the subdued lighting of a dorm room.

Wide open windows: While it might seem like a no-brainer,  one of the best ways to brighten up your dorm room is by opening your window(s). Most of us have been taught to use air conditioning and/or artificial heat when the temperature inside isn’t to our satisfaction. On nice days, prop open any and all windows to bring in a natural breeze. This will help to keep your stuffy dorm room properly ventilated and the warm sun on your skin will help keep your mood bright.

Revamp and re-decorateSpring is associated with growth and re-invention. We are creatures of habit, and sometimes change can be scary. If you find yourself struggling to adapt, that is all the more reason to mix things up and re-decorate your dorm space. Something as simple as a new colorful comforter or some throw pillows  can evoke feelings of springtime. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

How To Get Your Dorm Deposit Back When You Move Out

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The moment has arrived when you have progressed to a point where you are moving out of the dorm! This could mean that you have reached the end of your education at that specific school or that you have found someplace else to live. Either way, it’s important that you remember to get your dorm deposit back when you move out.

In order to get your deposit back, most dormitories require that you leave your room in pretty much the same way you found it when you moved in. The purpose of a deposit is to cover any damages that may have occurred while you lived in the room. Your goal should be to leave everything looking good and working well.

Here are a few tips on how to make sure you get your dorm deposit back when you move out:

Leave the Bathroom Spotless

When you think about it, cleaning a bathroom after someone other than yourself has been usingit for several months or even a couple of years can be rather disgusting. Many dormitory landlords are willing to refund a deposit once they realize they don’t have to spend too much time doing any deep cleaning. This is especially true with bathrooms. Make sure you clean the tub, shower, toilet, and sinks very carefully. A clean bathroom is a good way to ensure you get your deposit back.

Check the Carpet or Other Flooring

Floors tend to take a beating and can easily show wear and tear easily. Be sure that you are taking the time to carefully clean the floors of your dorm room before you leave if you want to get your deposit back. Pay close attention to any stains or spots that may have shown up while you lived there. It’s worth it to buy some inexpensive cleaner and spend some time on your hands and knees scrubbing to get those spots out.

Does Everything Still Work?

Do windows open and close as they should? Are closet doors and shelves intact and ready forthe next inhabitant? Has there been any damage done to the doors in your dorm?

Your dormitory administrators will be looking for these types of repairs and will not hesitate to take the expense straight out of your deposit. Find out what repairs need to be made so you areaware what you’re up against. It could be that some of these repairs are simple enough that you can make them yourself.

If you’re just moving into a dorm and want to make sure that you get your deposit back, be sure to plan ahead. One thing that can make a difference is keeping your dorm room neat and tidy,free from clutter.

Going green for St. Patrick’s day… things you can recycle in your dorm

gogreenblogWell we all know St. Patricks day is about the pubs, festivals and parades, but it’s also about wearing green. This year, why celebrate by wearing green when you can GO GREEN? It’s the perfect excuse to recycle and get in to environmentally friendly habits.

Here are a few things you can recycle in your dorm….

Batteries: You probably don’t think about it but you use batteries for a lot of things in your dorm room. In your TV remotes, video games and even your calculator or alarm clock. Batteries are super easy and important to recycle so start a bag where you put your old batteries in and then when they build up a little bit, bring em on in!

Boxes: If you moved your stuff in during move in/out, or got a new TV, microwave or lamp, you may as well break that box down and recycle it! Did you order pizza last night when you were up studying? Don’t worry, thats recyclable too!

Newspaper or Magazines: After you read the school paper or your favorite magazine, what do you do with it? Chances are, you just throw it away. There are tons of recycle bins around campus and probably in your dorm so you can drop your stuff off on the way to class or probably even the bathroom!

Old School Stuff: So, the semester is over and you have this whole binder and notebook full of notes you will probably look at again. One way to recycle is to give to a friend or someone you know who is taking the class next semester but if you don’t know anyone who is, it may be time to part with them. You won’t need the printed out slides from the lectures, or the note cards you made when you pulled your all nighter 2 months ago.

3 things your student wants for their birthday

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Some people are hard to shop for. Don’t stress yourself out looking for the perfect gift. Here are three things your student actually wants for their birthday.

Smart watch:

Today’s  generation of college kids love new technology. Recently, one of the most talked about items on the market is the smart watch, a new, wearable form of technology. There are tons of different brands to choose from, each with their own unique selling and price points.

Cards against humanity

If you want to give your college student a mentally stimulating game (and a break from beer-pong), this is the perfect fit. This is a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing and unwind with friends. It takes a night in just hanging out with friends to the next level, and you can really have a good time and if you’re a family who is comfortable with joking around, this could be a fun family night too.

Netflix membership

For the gift that keeps on giving, sign your student up for a Netflix Membership. This is the perfect present for anyone – regardless of their age. For the ever-busy college kid, the gift of endless streaming will not go unappreciated. This is a great source of entertainment on those cold days over winter break when they finally have time to binge-watch their favorite shows that have piled up over the semester. Say goodbye to cable bills and hello to commercial-less TV shows and movies!

moving safety tips

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Moving yourself can theoretically cut costs, but it can also cause some body aches or injuries. Here are a few of our very best moving safety tips.

1. Make a Clear Plan- So you have a friend helping you, or you’re doing it all on your own? Either way you need to plan this out. The day, or a few days before, you should scope out a spot close to your residence for your moving truck. Check out the walkways, sidewalks and note where the stairs are. If you know its going to rain or your floor is particularly slippery, you may want to get a matt to help out with that.

2. Lift Properly- Lifting a box seems like common sense, but if you’re not careful it could really be painful on your back. The first instinct would be to simply bend over and lift the box but you want to do it the proper way. You should squat down, lifting with your whole lower body and that will ensure no back problems the next day!

3. Use some tools- If you have a pretty big load of boxes, don’t be afraid to rent or buy a dolly. You’ll be amazed at how much your back will thank you the next day. You can stack a few boxes up at a time on a dolly and that will cut your moving time down quite a bit.

4. Dress for the job- Be sure to wear the correct clothing needed when moving. Closed toed shoes are definitely needed on this kind of thing, so come prepared in sneakers or durable hiking boots. Also, be sure to wear things that won’t snag or get stuck on anything in the process.

5. Fuel yourself- It’s imperative you stay hydrated throughout the day because moving is a pretty draining task. You’ll be running around and lifting tons of stuff so you want to be fueled for the entire day!

Did this blog just convince you that maybe you’re not completely convinced on moving yourself after all?  Try looking in to some other options, like hourly movers, storage services or shipping your items instead.  If you’re interested in checking out some of those alternatives, you can visit our site here.