We have helped hundreds of families move into their homes: unpack, put things away, make a house feel like home.
Inevitably there are those boxes that remain which make the homeowner grimace and wonder, “Why did we pack that and bring it here?” These items are often distracting and make it difficult to “finish” a room or a job. And we notice it is often demotivating for our clients. We frequently see these types of contents get stashed back in the box to be dealt with later.
If a move is in your future, here is our list of Wait, Don’t Pack That!
- The full contents of any given junk drawer in the house. Do yourself a favor and weed through these areas before your packing begins. The same is true for incidentals that are half used (and not likely to be used again) and stashed away in drawers. For example, a half used stash of tissues, the one shoe insert that hasn’t had a match in years, used finger nail files, random game pieces, etc. In general, we recommend taking a good pass through your drawers in all areas of the home.
- Clothing and toys that children have outgrown. Nothing clutters up a room faster while unpacking than unneeded children’s items.
- Mail from your previous address. This could be old mail or more current mail. It doesn’t matter. By the time you get it unpacked, it won’t be current anymore. Recycle any mail that does not need your attention.
- Magazines that you have been saving. These rarely pack well, and no one ever knows where to put them out of the box. Recycle these; you will likely get more.
- Liquids that have a top open. Oils, water, chemicals, they all find a way of leaking out once the seal has opened. One of the worst spills I’ve seen was a bottle of blue mouthwash that emptied into towels. The box smelled minty, but the towels were ruined.
- Expired food. Because it is expired food.
- Bedding and linens that no longer belong to anything.
- Papers and books quickly impact the volume and weight of your moving truck. If your moving company charges by weight, we strongly suggest donating unwanted books and eliminating old papers before packing them.
In general, the pre-move is a great time to evaluate your inventory. Do you still want Grandma’s napkin collection, or school papers from preschool? This is a great time to evaluate what you are storing–and if it is worth the effort to make the trek to your next residence. Think about unpacking it on the other end–does it have a legitimate home on the other side? Hopefully these simple guidelines will help lighten your load and make your unpack more productive.