We’ve all had that forehead smacking moment a day, a week, sometimes even a month after we move. We’ve forgotten something at our old reference, something vital to our lives that we either forgot altogether or had tucked away somewhere special.
Packing up an entire home, regardless of whether it’s 1,500 square feet or 5,000, is a daunting task if you’re not a professional mover like the crew at Foxx Movers, which offers both packing and moving services for any size home.
It’s nearly impossible for one person to remember where each and every item in a house is. Even trickier is remembering to pack the things we use every day without fail. We get used to seeing them in the same spot day after day, that packing them almost seems like a foreign task.
It’s easy to remember to pack Great Aunt Katherine’s price china set or make room in the moving truck for the flat screen, but here’s a look at several items that get regularly left behind.
- Phone and device chargers. Why is it so tough to put your charger in a little box? Because it’s always in that one spot next to your bed or by the coffee maker. And since you also have one in the car, you never have cause to move it. Solution: Have a “last night” box or bag that you’ll take in the driver’s seat of your vehicle that has room for chargers, your tooth brush, and other last-minute items.
- Small kitchen utensils and dishes. Let’s face it, you’ve been eating the same brand of cereal (Raisin Bran Crunch) in the same bowl with the same spoon for the past eight years. The odds you’re going to eat that same breakfast the morning of the move and put bowl and spoon in a dishwasher you’ll never seen again are shockingly high. Solution: Hit up the grocery store for 3-4 days’ worth of plastic silverware, plates, cups, and bowls. Then pack all the dishes up so you don’t have to think about them at the last minute.
- Winter clothing. You live in Houston, which means that winter lasts between 8 and 10 days most years and then it starts getting warm again. That means your winter coats and long johns are generally at the back of the closet or tucked away somewhere else – the attic for some people. Out of sight, out of mind – and that includes on moving day if you’re not careful. Solution: About a month before your move, take a room-by-room tour of your home from top to bottom, leaving no drawer unopened and no nook unexplored.
- Money. That’s right, there are tales all over the Internet about people moving into a new home or a rent home and finding hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the oddest of places – on top of the refrigerator, under the floor boards, even inside an air conditioning vent ala Walter White on Breaking Bad. Now if you’re sure you’ve never hid money anywhere in the house, please do not start tearing apart the drywall after reading this blog. But people often hide money or valuables in odd places to deter thieves or for emergency situations. Solution: If you do hide money or valuables in your home, write down all the locations and put the list in a safe deposit box or locked in an encrypted file on your computer or smartphone. Or better yet, get a safe.
Moving isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon so plan ahead to ensure that everything important to you at your own home is still with you when you get to the new one.