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Moving Back Home Is Not So Bad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!

Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:

1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing

I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.

Washing A Pile Of Dishes In The Kitchen Sink

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2. Cooking Practice

I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.

Cooking Food In The Kitchen

Photo © healthyinside

3. Having A Normal Bedtime

With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.

College Male Sleeping In Bed

Photo © ptclinicblog

4. Saving Money

Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.

Saving Cash Money In Piggy Bank

Photo © probudgeting

5. Learning Who My Parents Are

 

I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.

Parents Mom and Dad

Photo © Middlebury

Have you moved back home? What are the good things you’ve discovered about it?

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Moving Tips

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

My husband and I just got done moving into a new condo and there are many things I wish I would have thought of, and many things I am so glad that we did to make the move easier. I wanted to make a list of do’s and don’ts so that when you make your move into a new apartment or dorm, it will be easier!

1. DO – Hire Movers / Rent A U-Haul

The first time we moved, we had movers pack and unpack everything. It was the easiest move I have ever experienced. If you have the money to do so, I highly recommend to hire movers, it will save you time, energy, and many headaches. This last time we moved, we couldn’t afford movers so we decided to rent a U-Haul, which I also recommend doing if you can’t afford the movers. We only had to make two trips with our small truck!

Hired Professional Movers

Photo © Meathead Moviers

2. DON’T – Wait To Pack

Do not wait to pack things up until you get furniture out. My husband and I thought it would be way easier to pack a lot of our stuff once we already started moving. Do NOT do this. It was so stressful, and we felt rushed as we were packing. We didn’t know what boxes we put what in, so we became even more stressed. Packing is awful, and it’s easy to procrastinate, but trust me, get it done with before the moving process begins! And don’t forget to mark on each box what’s in it!

Moving Boxes

Photo © Premiere Cleaning

3. DO – Ask For Help

Do not be nervous to ask your friends to help you. Obviously, it’s not going to be the greatest favor they ever do for you, but being someone’s friend isn’t always glamorous. We had some really great friends help us move, and so we bought them lunch and beer and it turned out being a great day!

Moving Day Friend Family Help

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The biggest advice I can give you for moving, is to be prepared. We were completely prepared the first time around, which made things so much easier, and almost stress-free. We are still dealing with stress from our last move, because we put off a lot of things that needed to get done.

Learn from our mistakes, and don’t procrastinate!

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Back To School Move-In Tips

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 Steffi Lee Blogger Biography

 

 

 

I know it’s only July, but a lot of incoming freshmen are anticipating the start of their college experience. You freshmen have been preparing for move-in day as soon as you graduated from high school. For the rest of us college students, take this month to slowly prepare for heading back to school. This way there’s no rush when move-in day comes around.

There are four things to consider when moving in to a college campus:

1. Books

Professors usually will post what books you need online before classes start so students know which ones they need. For those students who have summer jobs, you can easily figure out your budget for books before you return. This is extremely convenient. When you get all the names for your textbooks, look into renting. It’s the simplest way to get the cheapest textbooks. Places like BookRenter help students save up to 80% on textbooks, so your summer savings will go to great use!

Stack of College Textbooks

Photo © SCC

2. Wardrobe

Check consignment stores. Before the big rush hits and everyone is at the major shopping places, take the relaxing aura of summer to find some local consignment shops. They’ll often have the perfect options for just what you’re looking for – from school totes to business clothes, they’ll have it all – at great prices too.

Consignment Clothes Store

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3. Dorm/Apartment Essentials

It’s overwhelming to stock up on things like toiletries, bed sheets, drawers, desk accessories, decorations, and other items all at once! Most likely you’ll have some things from your previous times being in a dorm or living in an apartment, but we always want new things, right? Especially freshman who do not have all their living furnishings, start buying things early. Good things to get would be frames, more drawers, sheets, and some storage dividers. Places like the Salvation Army and the clearance sections at a lot of department stores always have steals!

Decorated Girl College Dorm Room

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4. Enjoy Time With Friends

I remember the rush that my friends had when they came back to visit a little bit during the summer from college. They had too many friends, and too little time to hang out with all of them. You most likely have a little over a month left. Spend your free time now spending time with them before classes start up again.

Summer Girl Friends At The Beach In The Sun

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Enjoy these last months of summer and good luck in the fall!

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What To Do Before You Move

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

After college, a lot of grads choose to move, whether it’s for a job offer, to volunteer or travel before settling down back home, or even for a significant other. But what do they do with their stuff? How do they make the move as smooth as possible? Here are a few steps to take if you’re considering moving.

1. Purge

Consider selling what you can’t afford to bring with you, or no longer need/use. For small items, such as books, CDs, or movies, you can either list them on Craigslist or take them to your local bookstore to see if they’re interested. You can list furniture on Craigslist as well. Kitchen items can be taken to Goodwill, because unless it’s a crystal matching set, you probably won’t have much luck trying to sell them.

Purging Old Books To Donate

Photo © The Chaos & The Clutter

2. Storage

If you have a lot of stuff, consider renting a storage unit for the things you aren’t taking. Monthly storage fees can be high, so call around to make sure you get the lowest rate. Another option is to share a unit with a friend who is also needing storage to split the fee.

Storage Unit Garage Shed

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3. Mail

If you have bills (cell phone, car insurance, gym membership, etc.), make sure you either transfer the address on the account or cancel it altogether. If you’re moving to a place where the mail system is not very stable, ask your parents if you can have your mail forwarded to their house.

Letter Mail

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4. Student Loans

Remember now, you’re in the “real world” and that six month grace period will come to an end. Have a plan so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. If you know you’ll be out of the country when the time comes to start paying your loans, arrange online payments. Also, update your address with the loan company so any statements or activity reports aren’t missed.

Student Loan Debt Graduation

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5. Bank

As soon as possible, set up a bank account in your new area of residence. If you move abroad, make sure you let the U.S. Embassy know you’re in that new country. This is just a general safety rule.

Bank Teller Money

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6. Car

If you are moving abroad, you probably won’t be taking your car with you. You can either sell it or store it for when you come home. Maybe a family member has some room at their house, or maybe you could use the cash and are ready to let it go. Either way, make sure you don’t just leave it in the airport parking lot.

Guy Sitting In Back Of Red Car Smiling

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Where are you moving to? Let us know in the comments!

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