Things one usually forgets to pack when moving your household

If you’re a type-a personality, you’ve probably been given with an impeccable household organization skills and an incredible memory.

If, however, you’re like the rest of us, then you most probably rather forgetful – especially when you’re going through a move which is often stressful and time-consuming. We’ve all been in that situation where you’re unpacking your household items in your new home, and you realize you have left something cruicial or it went into self-storage instead of your new home. Never fear, though; we’ve been through enough moves and had enough of these moments that it’s now very easy for us to pinpoint the exact household items to remember to pack before you phone the moving service and start your move.

Household Tools

Things like, hammers and screwdrivers, tape measurers and torches. If you’ve bought any new furniture and had it delivered to your new home, you’ll likely find yourself disappointed and frustrated when you realize that the tools you need to assemble your new bed frame went into public storage by mistake, sitting at the bottom of a pile of boxes in your storage container. Pack them all into a ‘toolbox’ storage container. That way you won’t forget screws, nails your Hilti and other fasteners either.

Wall and Door Hooks

These are way easy to overlook, but you’ll definitely miss having handy hook to hang your towels or purses in your new home. Don’t forget to check the backs of doors and all walls before you move out of your home for good.

Other People’s Stuff

This one’s not so much about making sure you pack it, as it is about making sure you return it. Did you borrow someone’s CD or Magazine collection once upon a time? Do you still have your friend’s Blow up mattress and umbrella from that weekend camping by the lake? Still got an exes’ rugby jersey from that very first week? Call them and free up some extra space.

Keys

From tiny PO Box keys to the key to your parents’ house, there are probably dozens of mysterious keys scattered around your home or nesting in plastic storage containers with no labels. Make sure you do a thorough check for keys before you lock the doors on your old home forever; you don’t want to find out two months later that you lost your tool box key or spare car keys.

Medicine

Our best advice for keeping track of your meds while on the move is to pack a First Aid box. Prescription medication are an obvious must, but don’t overlook over-the-counter necessities (allergix, Panado, Asprin, anti-inflammatories etc.) that’ll end up putting a dent in your wallet if you have to repurchase them all at once later.

Shower Curtain

There is nothing quite as awkward as taking a shower without a curtain, especially after a long day moving. Avoid soaking your new bathroom with water and remember to bring your old curtain.

Plunger

Okay, maybe there is one thing more awkward than taking a shower without a curtain, but you always need it, who knows what the state of the drains will be.

Toilet paper

Speaking of bathroom essentials, don’t forget the loo paper either. Often overlooked, infinitely important. We can’t tell you the number of times we’ve shown up at a new home, only to realize that we have go out again to get some when all we want to do is stay home and order from Mr delivery. It’s infuriating! Save yourself the trip and grab a few rolls before you go.

Chargers and Other Plug-ins

You probably have a drawer of random chargers and plugs. It’s okay if you don’t have time to sort them all out before you move; just make sure you pack them all in a separate bag or storage container, labelled ‘cords & plugs’.

Food

Pack up some snacks for the road and post-move-in celebration appetizers; you’re definitely going to be hungry, if you order pizzas from Mr delivery then at least remember your furry friends and bring the pet food.

Don’t Move The Things That You Don’t Want.

Moving can be a perfect time to abandon and rehome household items that have been sitting in a cupboard or a loft area for years. If you can’t see yourself needing or using an item in your new home, make life easier and let them go, create the extra space you need.

Toilet Paper

Speaking of bathroom essentials, don’t forget the loo paper either. Often overlooked, infinitely important. We can’t tell you the number of times we’ve shown up at a new home, only to realize that we have go out again to get some when all we want to do is stay home and order from Mr delivery. It’s infuriating! Save yourself the trip and grab a few rolls before you go.

Chargers and Other Plug-ins

You probably have a drawer of random chargers and plugs. It’s okay if you don’t have time to sort them all out before you move; just make sure you pack them all in a separate bag or storage container, labeled ‘cords & plugs’.

Food

Pack up some snacks for the road and post-move-in celebration appetizers; you’re definitely going to be hungry, if you order pizzas from Mr delivery then at least remember your furry friends and bring the pet food.

Don’t Move The Things That You Don’t Want.

Moving can be a perfect time to abandon and rehome household items that have been sitting in a cupboard or a loft area for years. If you can’t see yourself needing or using an item in your new home, make life easier and let them go, create the extra space you need.