The thought of packing can be gut-wrenching for many, and that’s probably due to perspective. When we think about packing in its entirety, we don’t know where to start, and the work scope seems intimidating and stressful. However, when organized and reduced to bite-sized pieces, packing gets more comfortable and more manageable. Here are tips on how to organize packing, room by room.
Kitchen & Dining Room
These two areas are the most demanding to pack, as the kitchen contains lots of fragile dishes and other appliances. Protect the dishes with bubble wrap or towels and blankets when packing. For glasses and other smaller items, sectioned boxes are the right solution. When you order plastic moving boxes, the companies usually have different types of crates t offer and the sectioned ones.
Don’t forget about the refrigerator – you should defrost it about two days before the relocation. Dry items can be packed in boxes, whereas the food (and especially frozen food) needs to stay in a portable fridge, if possible.
If you can disassemble the chairs and the dining table, by all means, do it. Also, protect the tabletop so it doesn’t get scratches on it while moving.
Living Room & Bedroom
The massive furniture from your living room and bedroom (couch, bed, etc.) should go into the moving truck first. Protect the electronic appliances with some padding. Clothes are easy to pack, but always purge before packing – we always tend to have too many clothes we don’t wear. Roll up the rugs and carpets. Finally, protect the mirrors and other fragile pieces (like artwork) with bubble wrap or blankets.
Bathroom & Laundry Room
With many toiletries like skin and body care products, you should secure them from spilling or exploding while packing. Taping the tubes is a practical solution. You can pack the towels, mats, etc., similar to clothes – into bags, laundry baskets, or boxes.
Before the relocation day, unplug the washer and dryer and tape the chords to each appliance (this applies to any appliance in the house – paying attention to the chords and wires is essential).
Take good care of your electrical appliances and, if possible, pack them into their original boxes. Take pictures of the cables as they are assembled so you can do the same in the new location. Backup your files and documents, and organize and pack your paper files neatly. Also, if possible, disassemble your office chair and desk so they can be transported easily.