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Bathrooms are small but deceptive. While they lack the square footage, they are the perfect place to collect items well after their expiration dates and tuck them away in cabinets and on shelves. If you’re moving, then this is the perfect time to sort out your bathroom and toss out what you don’t need or want. Here are some tips to help you pack and move a bathroom like an expert.

Check your Medicine

Begin by looking through your medicine cabinet. Like most people, you’ll probably have medicine or pill bottles that you’ve forgotten about. Go through each item and if they’re past their expiration date, missing a label, or have changed color and consistency then you know you can toss them right away. It’s generally recommended that you don’t toss them down the drain or down the toilet as they might cause environmental damage. Talk to your pharmacist and they should be able to let you know how to dispose of them properly.

After you’ve cleared the excess and determined which ones you intend to keep, this is the perfect time to set up your essentials box. The essentials box should contain everything you need for the first few days after moving into your new home. The last thing you want to do is have to search every box for medications or a first-aid-kit you need right away.

Toiletries

Take the same energy you brought to your medicine cabinet to your toiletries. Toss what you don’t use, especially if it’s old or empty. Keep only what you need, use regularly, and love. Make sure the lids of anything you are taking are closed and secured properly. Then be sure to pack them in sealable plastic bags to prevent any leaks during the move.

Donate Unused Items

Do you have items that are unused but don’t need or want? Donating them to charities is a great option. Duplicate appliances, unopened shampoos, conditioners, and lotions are all necessary items. Be sure to do some research as to what your local charities do and don’t accept. It’s worth the time and effort to reduce needless waste.

Packing Essentials

Linens and towels make really good packing materials. They’ll cushion glass bottles, handheld bathroom appliances like hairdryers, and any glass or porcelain accessories. For smaller items, packing paper and bubble wrap might work better.

For packing bathrooms, small and medium boxes should do the trick. Just make sure to label them as fragile and indicate the designated room so your movers know where they go.

We hope these tips help you pack and move your bathroom with ease!

Bedrooms are sanctuaries, now more than ever in the age of COVID-19. But if you’re like me, they are filled to the brim with clothes and things that I can’t ever seem to throw away. If you’re moving or downsizing, then this is a perfect time to rethink your bedroom. Clear out your closets, donate or sell what you don’t use, and start fresh. Here are some tips to help you sort, pack, and move a bedroom (or multiple). 

Take Your Time and Sort It

Before you start the packing process, sort your bedroom. Don’t be afraid of the mess. Get everything out of bins, closets, and drawers. Lay it all out so you can evaluate it clearly. It will be messy before it can get organized. Take your time so you don’t move things that you don’t really need or items you’ve never really used. This will save you time when it comes to the packing and unpacking. This is also a great tip for saving money. The less items you have to move, the less packing materials you’ll need and the overall move will go a lot faster. 

If You Have Kids, Let Them Help

Moving with kids will always be challenging. If they’re a little older, they’ll be hesitant to leave their schools and friends behind. Get them involved in the moving process. It will help them feel included and involved. Have them pack their bedrooms and take initiative. It will give them a project to do and give them a sense of control so they can transition as easily as possible. 

Cover the Mattresses

Always cover your mattresses! Whether you’re renting a truck or being moved by a moving  company, they may or may not have cleaned the truck. Don’t take your chances, especially with upholstered items. Most reputable movers (606 Movers included!)  will have some sort of plastic wrap to cover them. If you move regularly, it may be a good idea to invest in a reusable mattress cover or bag. It’s not only the green option but you can use it again and again. 

Protect Your Lamps

While lamps may seem easy to pack, they’re actually quite delicate and fragile. Make sure they are broken down and the lightbulb is removed. Then pack each individual piece separately. Find a box that will give you enough room to wrap each lamp with bubble wrap or towel and fill in any gaps with packing paper so it doesn’t move around in the box. Be sure to mark the box as fragile and the room it belongs to for easy unpacking. 

Wrap Your Pictures Carefully

Moving framed art works and pictures can be a bit daunting. If you aren’t comfortable, feel free to leave this to the professionals. But if you want to handle this portion of the move, here are some tips.

First, find the most appropriate box. If the pictures are small, you can probably pack a few of them together. If they’re larger, it’s best to pack them separately. Specialty boxes do exist but they may be more expensive or harder to find. Regular medium and large sized boxes should work.

If the picture has a glass cover, tape an ‘x’ on the front. This will help keep the majority of the glass together if it does shatter or break. 

Then wrap the whole piece in cheap packing or butcher paper to protect the frame from any scratches or nicks. Then wrap the frame in bubble wrap for extra protection and padding. 

Place the picture in the box and use more packing paper to secure the frame in place. This will make sure it doesn’t move on the journey. Tape the box thoroughly, mark as fragile, and describe its contents so that you and the movers know what it is. 

Not Sure What to do with Your Furniture?

Congrats, you’ve finished packing your bedroom! If you’re using movers, then the hard part is over. Feel free to leave all the furniture as is. If needed, most movers will disassemble and wrap the furniture in moving blankets. 

If you’re moving on your own, anything movers do would apply here. Make sure you measure any doorways and hallways. This is ideal when trying to figure out if beds and dressers will fit or if they need to be broken down. Get the right tools to disassemble any legs or furniture pieces. But always make sure the parts don’t get lost. Plastic zip-loc bags are great for organizing screws and small pieces. Wrap all the large items in moving blankets and secure them with tape. While each move is different, one way to load a truck is to pack the larger items first and then the smaller items and boxes last. 

Moving is not easy. It can be stressful and daunting, especially when organizing spaces like our bedrooms. We hope these tips come in handy when you have to sort and pack for your upcoming move. You can and will get through this!