Before you go, remember to prep your room for being empty for a whole week by following these tips:
- Empty your garbage and get rid of perishable food. Because nothing says “Welcome to the Holiday Season!” like a trash can full of ants.
- This is a good time to clean your room a bit if you’ve let it fall into disrepair. Dust under that bed! Vacuum that rug!
- Defrost your fridge ASAP! Learning how to do this without ending up with a puddle on your floor is a rite of passage into adulthood.
- In case Maintenance needs to access your room, like if your heater explodes or the Caples ghost starts playing tricks or something, make sure your floor is uncluttered, especially of anything valuable/breakable. Now is not the time to carpet your floor with MacBooks and iPads.
- Turn climate control equipment to low and thermostats to 65 degrees.
- Unplug everything! Stuff left plugged in wastes a lot of electricity. Definitely make sure your alarm clock isn’t going to go off — the Caples ghost does not want his Thanksgiving dinner with Stuart Pierson ruined by incessant beeping.
- Take your shampoo and body wash and exfoliating scrubs and hair product and toothpaste and assorted gels/creams/foams/lotions/ointments out of the bathrooms to the custodial staff can deep-clean over break.
- Finally, close your windows and put down the blinds, turn off the lights, and lock your door — but before this last step, make sure you have your keys and K-Card. Because nothing says “Welcome to the Holiday Season!” like the beautiful gift of a new $20 K-Card and a lockout fee.
Dorms close at noon tomorrow, but the last supper at Peirce is tonight, so you’ll probably want to be gone before then anyway. And don’t you dare try to move back in before 5:00 p.m. next Saturday.