The big move is finally here, and no matter how much you’ve planned and prepared, the entire process is still a whirlwind. By the time you’ve almost finished packing your belongings, you will probably want to throw the last few items in a box and just be on your way. However, there are some items you should keep unpacked when packing your home, ranging from Moving Day necessities to items most moving companies won’t touch. Let’s check out the 5 most important ones.
- Perishable food. Every home has perishable foods sitting in the fridge, freezer, and pantry: open containers of cereal, produce, meats, cheese, and various refrigerated or frozen items. Traveling in a moving truck will cause these items to melt, decay, or spoil, leaving you to throw them away at your new home. Instead of wasting time packing these items and then finding a stinky, melted mess at your new place, simply eat, share, or get rid of them before you move. After all, eating ice cream for dinner should be one of the perks of moving.
- Important everyday items. Even if you’re moving across the street, don’t pack important everyday items like your phone, wallet, car keys, chargers or purse in a moving box. You don’t want to have to dig through moving boxes just to find your credit card. If an item travels with you on a daily basis, it should travel with you – not with your packages – when you move.
- Hazardous substances and materials. Dangerous, hazardous or corrosive materials should not be part of the project when packing your home. If you’ve hired a professional moving company, they will likely refuse to move these items at the outset. If you’re moving yourself, avoid taking any of the following with you: ammonia, ammunition, bleach, car batteries, fertilizer, fireworks, gasoline, lamp oil, lighter fluid, matches, motor oil, nail polish remover, paint thinner, pesticides, pool chemicals, poisons, propane tanks or weed killer. These items are too dangerous to move. Instead, you should give them away or ship them separately from the rest of your items.
- Your overnight bag. Sometimes unforeseen incidents occur: an accident could happen, the moving trucks could be delayed, or you can’t move into your new home the day you planned. If any of these things happen to you, you may find yourself staying in a motel for the evening. Prepare for this contingency by packing an overnight bag that includes a spare change of clothes, pajamas, and the necessary toiletries. Preparing for any possible scenario will save you from making a late-night run to the store.
- Keep your valuables close. Some items are simply too valuable to throw into a moving box. Items such as cash, jewelry, family keepsakes, or other securities should be kept apart from the general moving boxes. If insurance can’t replace the item, than you should keep it with you.
Packing your home can be a stressful time, but while you’re so focused on putting things into boxes, remember that other items should be kept unpacked. Just remember: if you couldn’t bear to lose it, you should keep it with you.