Moving Series: 15 Things to Pack Last

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I am in the middle of a move, and recently completed the packing up the old house leg of the move. While it is fresh in my mind, I wanted to share the list of things that I wished I would have left out until the end. A few of these we were smart enough or lucky enough to have left out, but unfortunately we were scrambling around with a few bloody fingers, packing up dirty table tops, and throwing loose screws haphazardly into boxes near the end.

Don’t let this happen to you! Next time we move, I will definitely have a container marked “Pack Last”, including the following:

1. first-aid items

Particularly if you are doing the moving yourself, Band-Aids are a must. A tube of Neosporin probably wouldn’t hurt either.

2. scissors

You can never have too many pairs of scissors.

3. baggies

I can’t tell you how many times over the past few days I wished I had a baggie, whether I was taking the last minute nails out of the walls or taking down the shower curtain hooks. I would recommend having at least two boxes of large and small baggies. You also couldn’t have too many extra baggies!

4. tools

Hammer, power drill, screw driver, etc. I will admit I wasn’t the one using the tools primarily, but there were a few doors that needed to be taken off hinges, and several last minute wall hangings that required tools right up until the last hour of the move.

5. paper plates, paper towels, plastic silverware, etc.

We were living off of stacks of napkins I was hoarding from Starbucks, but a roll of paper towels sure would have come in handy.

6. toilet paper

Fortunately I caught the packing up of the toilet paper before it was too late!

7. tape measure

I was asked “Where’s the tape measure?” at least three times (probably because we were moving the majority of our belongings into a tiny container). I never saw a tape measurer in any of the last three days of the move, but next time I will keep my eyes on it.

8. tape

Miraculously, this move was accomplished with only a few boxes, which I will write about in more detail in the near future. We only used a few pieces of tape when it was all said and done. Regardless, tape is still a moving staple.

9. extra boxes

When I realized we weren’t going to be needing the twenty or so extra boxes broken down and piled on the garage floor, I took it upon myself to start carting them to the dumpster. When I saw that the empty pizza box by the trash was being stuffed into out PODS container as filler to help support some of the packed items, I really wished I had saved a few of the clean boxes til the end, just in case of such an emergency.

10. hand soap

We were VERY grateful to still have one remaining hand soap dispenser in the house at the end.

11. hand towels

Extra hand towels came in handy on the last day when moving a few of the dirty items from the patio (see item 13).

12. trash bags

This was one of the items I had the foresight to invest in prior to moving day. We certainly used them!

13. basic cleaning supplies

It would have been nice to have had at least one bottle of glass and surface cleaner, if for no other reason than so we could have eaten off a clean patio table after all the inside furniture was gone.

14. personal travel toiletry bags

Although these were somewhat accessible, they were buried under stuff in the car, and in the end we were too tired to dig for anything. Next time I will set them on top just in case someone wants a personal item. This time I just bought some Advil at the gas station (see item 1).

15. “Moving Men”

Moving Men sliders are a moving must, but if you have stairs, unfortunately there is only so much they can do (actual moving men would have been an amazing bonus too!).

As anyone who has moved themselves before has probably learned the hard way, we will be hiring movers next time! Even with hired help, there is usually still a lot of work to be done and a fair amount of heavy lifting.

During a move when your home is turned upside down, it is helpful to have a core set of useful items just in case. I am sure I left out some things. What else do you think should be added to this list? Please let us know below. Namaste.

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  1. Christel Moore Apr 2, 4:32 pm

    Great ideas, Annie. I am sure it will help someone out there who is moving. Great helpful hints!

    1. anniehurley Apr 6, 8:30 am

      Thanks Christel!


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