Regardless of why you’re moving back home, it’s a lot to handle. You probably already feel enough stress without worrying about how to pack up your possessions and what to do with them. Nonetheless, it’s important you’re ready as this will make things a little easier not only on yourself but also on everyone else who’s involved too.

Consider How Much Stuff You Have

One of the first things you must consider is the amount of stuff you’ve accumulated over your years away from home. Most people find they have a lot of stuff they can get rid of and how much stuff you must find room for in your parents’ home or maybe even find a place to rent so you have the extra storage room you need. This will also help you decide whether you need to contact a local moving company or you can get everything in your vehicle, even if you need to make a couple of trips.

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Before you can pick up and pack up you have to go through the things you already own and get rid of some stuff. For instance, if you’re graduating from college and don’t need all the papers from a class get rid of them. If you have any extra rental books, send them back. Go through your clothes and donate those that you no longer like or can’t wear.

Love It, Pack It – Hate It, Toss It

Start hoarding boxes ahead of time. While you may not think you have a lot to pack now, just wait until you start going through your room(s). You’ll find stuff you’d forgotten you had and all of it will need to go into boxes too. So, when you start seeing boxes in recycling bins or next to the dumpster, grab them. You can easily deconstruct it and tuck it away until it’s time to start packing.

When you are ready to actually start packing, make sure you start with those items you rarely use. Anything that’s collecting dust or really isn’t all that pertinent, go ahead and pack it up. More than likely, you won’t even need those items anytime soon.

While you’re packing, don’t forget to also pick up any of the items you’ve loaned to your friends. These are items you can start packing away too since you haven’t needed them in a while anyway.

As you start to do this, remember to always donate those items you no longer need. If you can’t donate something, think about whether it’s recyclable. Of course, there will be things that you shouldn’t save. Feel free to throw those items in the trash. Then as you put things into boxes, make sure you label each box so you know what’s in it once you arrive home.

Preparing to Leave Your Apartment Behind

Don’t forget to have your apartment inspected after you’ve cleaned and moved out of it. Otherwise, try not to stress too much as you prepare to move back home.