Steps For Transitioning From Your Parents’ House to a Dorm Room


Steps For Transitioning From Your Parents’ House to a Dorm Room

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Making the leap from your parents’ home to a dorm room is one of life’s greatest steps. In the span of twenty four hours, your world will experience dramatic changes. College move-in day is sure to be one of the biggest days of your life. You spend years planning and preparing for college and the whole experience begins on day one. Moving, in general, is stressful. Imagine moving all of your belongings into a small dorm room with thousands others doing the same. Needless to say, the process can get hectic. The best advice is to be as prepared as possible; both physically and emotionally. The following are a few things to consider, well before move-in day arrives.

The Actual Move

In the months leading up to your move, do the research on your room and your school’s moving procedures. Each school approaches move-in differently; make it your job to know the details of how the day will unfold. Decide exactly what you need in your room and be sure all the furniture you are taking will fit comfortably. Rooms vary in size, but few are spacious. Talk with your family. If you are traveling a long distance, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional company to do the heavy lifting for you.

Laundry Time

Living on your own has its fair share of benefits; being responsible for your own laundry isn’t one of them. Gone are the days of mom or dad diligently piling through your laundry, it’s all up to you now. You’ll have ample opportunity to practice your patience while waiting on others in the communal laundry area. Welcome to dorm living!

Meal Time

Many students who live in dorms also enjoy the benefits of a meal plan. Chances are likely that some, maybe even most, of your meals will be provided by an on campus cafeteria but even the most disciplined students need to break the monotony every once in a while. Many schools offer rooms with micro-refrigerators to keep a small supply of food in your room. And of course, you’ll need to eat out at times. Eating at restaurants daily can add up quickly so be mindful of how much you are spending on food.

Shower Time

One of the most shocking changes you’ll experience is your new shower situation. Gone are the days of 30 minute showers or baths in your private bathroom at home. Bathroom sharing is difficult to get accustomed to; many just suffer through it and pray for better days ahead. Even the cleanest of dorm bathrooms don’t compare to home, so keep your expectations low. Also, be sure to purchase a comfortable pair of shower shoes, as well as a “caddy” to hold your bathing necessities.
Jumping from your parents’ nest into a dorm room is your first step toward real independence. It’s an amazing step but not the easiest you will take. Spending the summer in preparation will help your journey run smoothly, or at least as smoothly as possible.

Moving To Help The Community

Moving To Help The Community

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UF Mover Guys recently helped AMIKids-Gainesville move to their newly built facility in Gainesville.  AMIkids Gainesville is one of more than 50 programs across the country affiliated with nationally-recognized AMIkids, headquartered in Tampa, Florida.  They are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing our community’s kids an opportunity to transform into responsible young adults.  We offer kids a promising future through positive and motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth..  The organization holds a special place in the heart of UF Mover Guys manager, Brad Stumpff.  Stumpff said, “AMI was where I had my first teaching job and where I developed my love for helping at-risk kids.”  While working there Brad developed a lifelong friendship with AMI’s executive director, Dan Bacallao.  “When Dan called and talked to me about their upcoming move, I knew we had to get involved and help!” said Stumpff.

Here, Stan Travis and Kenny unload the items going into the new building.
Here, Stan Travis and Kenny unload the items going into the new building.

UF Mover Guys donated over $1,000 in labor and materials to help AMI move from their former campus in Micanopy, to their brand new facility in Gainesville.  We try to give back to the community when given the chance.

College Moving 1101

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College Moving 1101


Off to College
Are you getting ready for your college move? Whether going off to college for the first time or returning for another year, there are some well-known rules to live by when it comes to planning your move, otherwise known as College Moving 101. Everyone knows that funds are low for full time students, so finding ways to save money on your college move is of the essence. Whether fleeing the nest to a rental or nearby college apartment shared with other classmates and/or friends, or going the more traditional route and residing at a college dorm room, your college move will go more smoothly if you follow these few easy planning steps. They will surely help you on your way.Make A List
First, you will want to get together with your prospective roommate/s, if at all possible. If not, by phone will do just as well. Together, you should brainstorm a list of all of the things that you will need for your apartment or dorm living space. Include furniture, bedding, toiletries, cleaning supplies and anything else you can think of that might be useful or necessary to supply. This way, you will have a complete list to work from while gathering your materials between you and your roommate/s. Of course, you can always add to this list as you think of things you may have at first forgotten.

Do an Inventory
Next, you and your roommates should take an inventory of what you already have and can provide from home. Each roommate should check off the items they can contribute from home and at no cost. Then those items can be removed from the master list, and whatever is left is what will need to be purchased for the big move. This master list and inventory can truly save you a bundle. Moms and dads will be happy to contribute things they do not use that are just hanging around the house collecting dust, especially knowing that the more they can provide from home, the less money they will need to put forth for store bought items.

Research Back-to-School Sales
If you were able to find everything you needed on your list, good for you!!! But more than likely, there will be many leftover wants and needs that still need purchasing. Your best bet is to then hit the back-to-school fliers and find the best deals. Bargain stores are all in competition with one another at this time of year and there are fantastic savings to be taken advantage of. So look up your leftover items and find the best deals that save you the most money. This step will be well worth the effort.

Divide Cost Of Final Expenses
Once you decide the best places to shop for the leftover items, add up the cost and divide it between the roommates. This of course, only goes for those items that will be shared in the apartment or dorm living space. Any individual picks that you find along the way will have to be paid for at your own expense. Moms and dads usually come in handy for those extras and are more than happy to provide for their little scholars.

College Moving Tips 101 will certainly save you both money and time. You will not have to about duplicating anything or buying anything unnecessarily; and with everyone involved in the planning, you will be less likely to forget something or spend more than anyone else in the living space. Going off to college is an exciting and memorable time in ones life. It can also be a bit overwhelming for some. Following the steps of College Moving 1101 will ensure a fair distribution of both funds, time and effort. This way no one roommate is left with the brunt of the cost and labor. It is also a nice way to begin to get to know your new roommate/s before the hustle and bustle of Move In Day.

Camp Crystal

We recently moved new Camp Crystal director, Scott Burton, and his family out to camp.

We recently moved new Camp Crystal director, Scott Burton, and his family out to camp.  Here are Kenny and Travis in front of the UF Mover Guys cabin B5.  Jordan, owner of UF Mover Guys is a former Camp Crystal counselor and camper.   We have been a moving company in Gainesville for over 7 years and have roots in this town that go back 30 years.

Camp Crystal