Every mover hates to pack. It is one of those tedious and time-consuming tasks every one of us hates equally. But what we rarely realize is that it allows for the perfect decluttering opportunity, yes, decluttering! Hasn’t it ever happened to you that you found something you had been looking for, for ages, while decluttering? We all have!
But if this motivation isn’t sufficient enough to get you start packing, we might have another one. What if we tell you that you don’t have to pack every single item in your home? What if you were to pack only a few essential items and leave the rest behind? Doesn’t that sound encouraging and less stressful?
In this article, we will talk about what ‘not’ to pack as the online internet directory has less to offer advice on that. Whether moving to a treescape or a seascape, we are sure this will be of help to you.
1. Give Away
You don’t have to pack all the things, especially the ones you never use. You can always put them in a box with a donation label on it and allow someone else make the most of them. What things can you give away? Here is a list:
- Clothes that you no longer wear or that don’t fit you
- Bedding that can be reused and isn’t tattered
- Books that take up too much space
- Any piece of furniture that won’t fit into your new place
2. Throw Away Some
Throwing away might seem insensitive; but things that only take up space and are of no benefit to you, need to be gotten rid of. Put them all in a box labeled to be disposed off and let them go. What things can you throw? These could be some:
- Worn Out furniture
- Broken items
- Ornaments that no longer have any sentimental value attached to them
3. Remove All Perishable Items
When moving across borders or interstate, that require a travel time of more than 5 to 8 hours, ensure all perishable food items have been cleaned from the fridge before the move. What is the point of having it spoilt, rotten or worst, wasted, once you arrive at your destination? Eat them or give them away but don’t take them along as it will only add to the additional shopping bags that you will have to carry along.
4. Take Your Valuables Along
It is best to keep your valuables with you instead of packing them. There is always a risk of damage involved. Jewelry might get stolen, important papers may be displaced, gadgets can break etc. Save yourself the hassle of opening up every box to see where you kept them by putting them in a hand-sized bag to keep with yourself.
5. Don’t Pack Any Chemicals
Lastly, chemicals can always leak during the ups and downs of the move. But instead of leaving them behind, ensure that they are properly disposed off before you leave. What chemicals are we talking about? Here is a list to leave you with some ideas:
- Liquid Bleach