Graduation has finally come. It’s a beautiful day because after four years (maybe a little more, maybe a little less) have all come down to today and you can finally have something tangible to reflect the late nights and justify buying copious amounts of Starbucks. Then, affter the euphoria of graduation day has past, reality doesn’t just slowly hit you -- it sucker punches you right in the face. What do you do now? Do you have a job? How are you going to afford living expenses now? Where are you going to live?
It can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Start by looking at your living situation. Here's some advice on how to make your transition and next move easier after college:
Do you continue living with roommates, or do you make the jump to living by yourself? Try to save some money and learn how to make a budget and stick to it! It’s good to have a visual of how much you’ll be spending on rent, utilities, and daily necessities. Then, you'll know if you're ready to make the leap to living alone or not.
Do you already live by yourself and you’re ready to upgrade (or even downgrade) to a different city? Do some research on that area, such as the temperature, public transit if you don’t have or need your own vehicle. If you know anyone in that town, ask them to show you around and discuss the Pros and Cons of the city. When you have enough info, make a feasibility list and decide if the move is worth it.
Moving back home? We know you’ve had good memories on that futon you bought freshmen year, but it might be time to move on. Or even consider a storage space for some of the other furniture you might want to keep that your parents might already have. We’re sorry but that recliner your roommate sold you won’t have a place in mom and dad’s living room. Or basement. Or yard.
Let’s talk about your clothes. A good tip is to hang all your clothes backwards with the hooks facing you, and we mean all of your clothes. Once you take them down to wear it you can hang it back in your closet the usual way. After the course of about two to three weeks you’ll have a good idea of what you never wear, which can give you a visual of clothes you can purge. Make some fast cash by selling these to consignment stores or donating them to free up your closet space and save some boxes when you pack! It’s okay to get rid of some unused or unwanted clothes, as you’re entering a new stage of your life.
A new location, a change of scenery, and a new outlook is a perfect way to say thanks for the memories college and hello young professional life. For more information on moving and moving needs, contact the professionals at Brandon Moving & Storage!