What Not to Pack When Moving

It’s no secret that moving can get the best of anyone – even the most seasoned Forest Properties apartment dweller. Whether you’re moving on short notice or have a few months to form a moving checklist, the packing process is unavoidable. However, the best way to stay on top of your moving game is to have a strategy, and when it comes to packing, have you ever considered what not to pack?

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Whether you’re headed to sunny Sarasota or fun Ft. Myers, the idea of traveling smart and light should be in the forefront of your moving strategy. From bulky furniture to perishable items, here’s what not to pack when moving.

Outgrown Clothing

Have you been meaning to give your closet a thorough cleaning? Well, now is the time! Whether you’re looking to downsize your sweater collection or update your style, cleaning out your closet will help you do just this. To boot, you’ll quickly see that there will be less to pack as your moving date approaches. From clothes that are too small, too large, or simply don’t suit your Florida lifestyle, consider donating them to your local Salvation Army, community center, or nearby yard sale.

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Large Furniture

If your living room couch has seen the best of your college years, it’s time to lay it to rest. Large, bulky, and outdated pieces of furniture not only take up the most room when moving, but they’re also the heaviest and hardest pieces to transport. After all, why not spruce up your spacious Ranch Lake living room with a new sofa and loveseat set from Manatee Furniture in Bradenton?

A Mover’s Tip: If you have the square footage of your new apartment floorplan, measure your current furniture to make sure everything will fit. If not, it may be time to part ways and refresh your interior decor style!

Already-Read Books

While your collection of books may fill empty space on bookshelves, they’re awful heavy to move. If you’re looking for a way to lighten your moving load, here are a few ways to get rid of your already-read books:

Parting with books can be sentimental, so don’t hesitate to hold on to a few favorites. All you need is a good book, a cool drink, and a comfy seat on your private lanai at The Lexington. It’ll start to feel like home in no time!

Broken Items

If you have a small collection of trinkets that need to be repaired, now may be the time to dust them off and decide whether or not they’re actually worth fixing. Ask yourself: Are they sentimental, valuable, or replaceable? Otherwise, these sad-looking items may sit in a similar corner in your new Audubon Cove apartment.

Household Hazards

When first reading this, you may wonder: What do I have in my apartment that is considered hazardous? Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring professional help, it’s important to educate yourself on which items should not be transported:

  • Household cleaners: Cleaners such as bleach can give off dangerous fumes when exposed to high temperatures.
  • Fertilizer and weed killer: Similar to the substances listed above, fertilizers and weed killers are highly flammable and should not be kept in hot conditions.

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Items in Storage

If you’re crunched for time and need a temporary place to keep items that still need to be sorted through, why not rent a storage unit? Whether you’re looking for extra space or a secure place to hold items during your moving process, storage units are the perfect year-round solution. In fact, we wrote an entire guide about the best storage facilities in the Bradenton/Sarasota area!

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