Are you preparing for a move for your home or business?
Carlee Quintas, a freelance writer that has had articles published on many environmental websites, shares with us some great tips to help mompreneurs decide what NOT to pack when moving. Check out her list and leave some of your things behind the next time you move!
Although it may seem strange to not pack something when you are moving to a new home or apartment, there are definitely things that should not be packed. Occasions may arise when you’ll need certain items for emergencies, but others are simply better off left out of moving boxes.
Here is a list of things that you’ll need to keep unpacked…
…some are better to be given to others before moving, while you’ll need to leave a few unpacked things to keep on hand while moving to a new place.
Try to eat, gift or use all opened or perishable items by your move date so the fridge, freezer, and pantry are emptied of opened boxes and containers of food. If not, you will have to find some way to get rid of it: either by eating, sharing with friends and family, or by donating any unopened containers to charities or others who want it. You won’t be able to successfully move perishable food. In a moving truck, not only will perishables either spoil or melt, the likelihood that you’ll find them first thing upon arrival to your new location is low. So it’s best to just get rid of any perishable items and buy new food items when you get to the new place.
Overnight Bag and Toiletries
Be sure to pack an overnight bag during your move just in case of emergencies. You never know what will happen and some unforeseen incident could delay your move making it so you can’t move in to your home as you had planned. Keeping your toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, spare clothes, pajamas, prescriptions, and other necessary items on hand is good just in case.
Your overnight bag will be easy to find amidst all the clutter and brown cardboard boxes, and be really helpful to have on hand when you get to your new place. After all, if your relocation included a long trip, you may just want to rest for the day or night. If you don’t want to start unpacking right away, at least you’ll have supplies for the night!
Along with your overnight bag and toiletries, it’s a good idea to have your valuables close at hand while you are moving. Although you would never expect it happen, your valuables can get lost or stolen in the shuffle. Make sure to keep your jewelry, investments, collections, birth certificates, important papers and social security cards nearby. A question to ask is: Could my insurance (or systems) easily replace these items? if not, then keep the items of most value with you during your move, and lock them down as soon as you arrive at your new location.
Plants shouldn’t be packed with your other items for a move; when moving, plans should be boxed separately. Before moving your plants, be sure to check your new state (or country) to see if you are allowed to transport living items across state lines. Some plants are not allowed through customs and will be taken away and disposed of. If you’ve checked with the incoming state, and you are allowed to bring plants, it’s good to wrap the inside of a box with plastic and bubble wrap and secure the plant TO the box, so the plant doesn’t shift during your move. Put them in the backseat of your own vehicle, and when you get to your new place make sure you take them out immediately and give them water, plant food, and sun.
Do not pack and move items that are hazardous or dangerous. Items such as aerosol cans, alcohol, ammunition, household cleaners, nail polish, and flammables like charcoal, matches, and lighter fluid. Most moving companies provide non-allowable lists that describe the items that movers won’t transport. All of these items on the list are too dangerous to move and should either be thrown away, used up before moving, donated, or you could have them shipped to your new home as long as they are separated from the other items that you are moving.
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Carlee Quintas is a freelance writer that has had articles published on many environmental websites. She loves to help people become more aware of the environment and energy efficiency. She enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities and cooking.