Moving

September #mymTips are about surviving and thriving during a move for school or work. 

  • Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of old or unworn clothes. Sell or donate and feel good about starting fresh.

  • Nervous about meeting your new roommates? Connect with them via social media before moving in and make plans to hang out!

  • Pack according to which room the items belong in. It makes for an easier move in to know where each box should go.

  • Pack a change of clothes & essentials in a separate box and label to avoid sifting thru boxes to find a fresh shirt on moving day!

  • Look at grocery or retail stores or even put a request on kijiji to see if ppl are getting rid of boxes for packing.

  • Have left over non-perishable food? Stop by and donate it to a food bank or invite friends over to eat it up on your last day!

  • Take pictures of your new apartment or dorm room before you move your things in to get your security deposit back in the end.

  • Did you know your landlord has to give you 24 hrs notice before entering your apartment? Learn your rights.

  • Just moved in? Grab your headphones and take a walk through your new 'hood to get the lay of the land and ease nerves.

  • Discuss basic living rules with roommates NOW. Don't wait until there's a problem or "figure it out later".

  • Think about your personal boundaries and ask your roommates about theirs. This can head off conflict before it happens.

  • Plan a day or night out with new roommates within the first couple of weeks of moving in to bond and get to know each other.

  • When you move to a new place, make a standing appointment every week to Facetime or Skype friends from home.

  • Want to explore your new city but afraid of getting lost? Google maps app allows for you to download areas and use it offline!

  • Feeling lonely after moving is common. Research meetup groups or activities to meet new people with the same hobbies as you.

  • Conflict with roommates will happen, so when it does talk it out with them right away. Don't let it fester or escalate.

  • EVERYONE needs alone time. Talk with roommates about schedules and aim for a routine to allow for "me time".

  • New roommates? Plan a weekly "roommate dinner" where you take turns cooking, or cook together. Good convos happen over shared food.

  • New place lacking personality? Check out the dollar store or Goodwill store for some cheap and cute decorations.

  • Treat your rental home with respect, and expect the same from your landlord and the guests you have over.

  • Have your friends over, but respect roommates by letting them know and being mindful of their privacy/schedule.

  • Be a good roommate and make a habit of picking up after yourself before you go to bed every night.

  • Old enough to be on your own = old enough to communicate with your roommates in a way that is respectful!

  • Remember that moving is stressful for EVERYONE and make sure you carve out time for hobbies, reflection & self care!

  • Want to hang things up but aren't allow to use nails in the walls? Use 3M Command hooks!

  • Hang photos of friends and family or happy memories in your new space with the aim of adding new memories to is as you go.

  • Having a clean space can help you feel in control and reduce stress (for your roommates too!).

  • If you're in a new city for the year, update your emergency contact list & safety plan and tell someone you trust where to find it.

  • Volunteering in your new city can be rewarding and a great way to connect to the community.

  • Be mindful of financial situation of yourself & your roommates. How & when bills are paid should be respected & clear from day 1.

  • You're only obligated to be respectful to your roommates. You don't need to hang out all the time or be bffs if you don't want to.