Moving out for the summer can be a stressful endeavor, especially when moving back before fall semester is more likely than not. 

You may feel overwhelmed, but never fear: here are some strategies you can use to make your moving experience a little more bearable.   

Create a playlist

Music can motivate you to get some serious work done. Allow yourself time to make a playlist on your favorite music streaming app. Make it about 100 songs long and make sure they will actually help you focus rather than distract you from the work that is yet to be finished.

Ask for help

If you have too many things or not enough time, don’t be afraid to ask for help. This may seem obvious to some, but for others, asking for help can truly be difficult. Asking help from a friend, family member, neighbor or someone else may save you a lot of time and knowing you have help can make moving less stressful.

Give yourself time  

If feasible, give yourself more than a day to pack your belongings and get them home. In other words, don’t wait until the last possible second to get started. Using your time wisely can make moving less overwhelming. Instead of taking eight hours in one day to move, you could take several 15-30 minute periods of time over the course of a few days.

Take breaks

While packing, allow yourself to take small breaks. Sitting down for a few minutes, listening to your favorite song, scrolling through social media (but not for too long) or taking a few sips of water can go a long way. If you’ve given yourself enough time to move, you should be able to take a few breaks without getting behind.


Don’t throw away items you don’t want or use anymore. Instead, challenge yourself to do some good by giving them to a charitable cause. Goodwill may be the first option you think of, but local organizations such as Muncie Mission, A Better Way or Second Harvest are always looking for donations. 

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