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School’s out for summer … almost.

As students around Colorado approach the final stretch before final exams and move-outs, colleges are helping students cope with their end-of-year stress. For example, adorable dogs known as “Bark Buddies” on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus are available for students to pet. And, at the Colorado School of Mines, students can melt away stress through yoga and massages. The University of Denver also has therapy dogs, massages and treats available to students during finals.

Our team at Closetbox is here to help, too, with our concierge approach to self-storage.

We know that move-out happens during an especially busy time of year. Just box up your belongings that you want to store over the summer and then our licensed and bonded moving professionals will come pick up your items to store over the summer. When you move back in the fall, just schedule a delivery time and we’ll return your items to you. And, if you’re short on space (hello dorm rooms!), take advantage of Closetbox and swap out your seasonal gear and clothes throughout the school year.

Here’s where you can find summer storage at your college or university:

University of Colorado – Boulder Summer Storage

University of Denver Summer Storage

University of Colorado – Denver Summer Storage

Metropolitan State University Summer Storage

Colorado Christian University Summer Storage

Denver University Summer Storage

Colorado School of Mines Summer Storage

Ready to finish the year strong? College insiders are sharing their top tips for acing the final stretch.

1. Play this ‘mind trick’ when tackling tough tasks

Ever feel intimidated by tackling a big project like spring cleaning, moving or writing that 20-page essay? Randall O’Reilly, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU-Boulder, explains that your brain could be to blame — but fret not, there’s a way to gain momentum. The brain, O’Reilly explains, is wired to be “cautious and conservative” when you start big tasks. The brain is wired to track progress towards whatever project you’ve decided to take on, he explains, and you might need to make difficult decisions along the way. “Your brain recognizes that and says ‘Maybe I won’t start on that project after all,’” he says. The hack? Just get started. Once you get over the initial stalling and begin the project, the brain rewards you with small hits of dopamine that provide incentives to stick with the tasks.

Here’s a couple things to keep in mind when you approach big tasks, according to CU’s experts.

  • Start with the simplest tasks. If you think about the magnitude of what lies ahead of you, starting can be too difficult.
  • Move to the next simple task and then the next, and so on. That’s when momentum kicks in.

2. Make a calendar with important dates

Move-out policies vary among colleges. For example, at CU-Boulder, students need to move out within 24 hours of their last final exam. But, mark May 10 a.m on your calendar; that’s when spring graduation happens, and locomoting around campus will be extremely difficult. Denver University has a similar policy.

3. Avoid these most common charges

Live in university housing? Denver University shared some of the most common charges to avoid. They include: Lost keys or damaged locks; damage to room furnishings, walls, floors, ceilings and windows; stickers and tape left on doors, walls or windows; leaving trash, carpet, furniture or other personal items in your room or in the hallway; not cleaning out the fridge or microwave; and leaving the room in a dirty condition altogether.

For those living off campus, CU residence life officials suggest asking your landlord about cleaning expectations? Does your landlord expect a deep clean behind the refrigerator or is OK to just sweep up in the kitchen?

4. Don’t splurge on cleaning supplies

Many colleges provide cleaning equipment and supplies. For example, at the Colorado School of Mines, students can check out vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies and tools from residence hall front desks.

To help with move-out, CU-Boulder has put together a cleaning checklist for students moving out of the dorms, with instructions on where to get cleaning supplies. CU also has wheelie carts that can be checked out.

5. Don’t forget to store your bike

Take your bike home or let Closetbox store it over the summer. Don’t leave it chained to a campus bike rack. Some campuses, including DU, will impound the bikes that get left behind.

6. Lock your room

Sure, you may be coming in and out of your room while you move. But housing officials at DU warn that this is a high-theft time of year, so it’s important to lock up your room as you come and go.

7. Recycle!

Colleges and universities set up recycling bins throughout the residence halls so you can toss those out-of-date paperwork and other recyclable items. Got a fried laptop or a phone with a shattered screen? Don’t toss your electronic waste! Check with your schools environmental center to learn your options. For example, CU’s Environmental Center has recycling stations on campus where you can recycle cell phones and batteries, for example.