We’re surrounded by “stuff” all the time. It’s so easy to overlook the items that constantly surround you – particularly in your home environment. You instinctively nudge your way past the rows of shoes near the door while your guests need to carefully navigate the obstacle when they pay you a visit. As you walk by the coffee table in the morning, you grab your keys and wallet without thinking, while someone else might spend hours searching for them.
It’s completely natural to become so acclimatized to your environment that you overlook certain items throughout the day. When you’re packing up to move, you’re going to need to check and double check to make sure that a few key pieces haven’t been left behind.
We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly forgotten household items that people forget during a move. You may wish to bear this list in mind when you’re prepping for your relocation:
1. Jewellery and Personal Items
Chances are that you keep your precious smaller items in a hidey hole of some sort – a secret spot that you know is safe. In the hustle and bustle of a move you may briefly forget that this safe place exists. Be sure to check for your personal treasures before you move.
2. Personal Records and Important Documents
During the moving process, you may forget that your personal documents are kept with various lawyers, financial institutions, and doctors. These papers take some time to gather up when you need them, so it’s always best to start collecting them a few weeks ahead of time.
3. Spare Key
If you’re one of those people who has their spare key hidden under a rock or garden gnome, you might also be one of those people who forgets about its existence until you need it. Remember to search your hiding spot before you move.
4. Dry Cleaning/Laundry
Too many people forget that they’ve taken their dry cleaning or laundry to the local laundromat. In the days before your move, clothes are generally the last thing on your mind. Pop by your dry cleaners to see if you’ve left anything behind.
5. Household Plants
Over time, potted plants seem to become a part of the landscape. They’re not quite décor, not quite furniture, and not really a personal possession. Leave them behind, however, and you’ll soon notice their absence.
6. Coffee Maker
It almost seems sacrilegious to suggest that anyone would forget their coffee maker – however would they survive?! Most people keep their coffee maker out during the packing process for that much-needed fuel. The plan is always to pack it as one of the last few items; ready to be used in the new home at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, in the excitement of the move, it’s often overlooked.
7. Garden Tools
Hosepipes, lawnmowers, garden shears, spades… all of these items usually reside in the garden shed or garage. They’re not always in the line of sight and as such are often left behind. It can be a pain (and remarkably expensive) to have to purchase all of these items again, so remember to add them to your checklist.
8. Chargers and Smaller Plug-in Items
Most of us are quite attached to our small electronic devices. We almost have no choice in the matter. As such, we’ll do what we can to ensure that our phones, laptops, and tablets are fully charged in case we need to do some emergency work during the move. Unfortunately, this often means that chargers are left behind.
While the moving team will do everything they can to spot all of your belongings, it is always a good idea to take stock of any items you think might be forgotten. Add them to a separate section of your moving checklist and you’re almost guaranteed to leave nothing behind.