As much of a pain as moving into a dorm or apartment can be, moving out is that much tougher. It is my personal theory that junk breeds in closets, in dresser drawers, and under beds, so that you end up with about 3 times the stuff you took to college in the first place!
But it doesn't have to be this way! Here's how to make moving out a much less painful process:
Before The End of the Year
Every month, go through your stuff and donate/give away unnecessary things to fellow dormmates or apartment neighbors. You can even set it on the curb with a "free" sign!
If you go home a lot, each time you can take home a few things you don't need at school, but don't need to give away just yet.
When going home for school holidays, evaluate your stuff and see if there's anything someone else could use more. Instant gift idea!
If a campus group needs a fundraiser, suggest a yard sale and donate what you don't need.
A Few Days Before Move-Out
Collect a few strong shopping bags for emergency packing needs.
Pack up the non-essential items in the bags and boxes you took to school. Leave yourself your hygiene items, a few changes of clothes, your laundry bag, the shopping bags, cleaning supplies, your computer and charger, and your active schoolwork.