Packing Your Bathroom Can Be Tricky
Moving to a new location and starting your next adventure can be one of the most thrilling and life-changing experiences you’ll ever have. But before you can do that, you’ll have to pack up the old place. You may think that packing a bathroom for moving is easy. After all, there’s not much to it, right? Wrong! Bathrooms can actually be one of the trickiest rooms to box up. But don’t worry, we’ve got a handy bathroom packing guide right here that’ll have you on the move in no time!
So, what makes bathrooms so difficult to pack? Well, they’re used every day, multiple times per day. Putting everything away too far in advance means you may not have access to hygiene essentials and other products, but packing in a hurry on moving day increases the potential for a rush job and damaged items as a result. Speaking of damage, bathrooms also have many more breakable items compared to other rooms. And since those breakable items often contain liquids, you’ve got the perfect recipe for a soapy, sudsy, soggy disaster.
Streamline the Packing Process – Sort and Purge
The key to packing a bathroom successfully can be boiled down into one simple phrase: sort and purge. After all, you don’t want to take up premium packing space with stuff that you don’t actually need, right? The first step is organizing everything into a few different categories:
- Toiletries like toothbrush, soap, shampoo, hair products, and shaving accessories
- Cosmetics, skincare, and deodorants
- Appliances like hair dryers and straighteners
- Towels and linens
- Cleaning supplies
- Miscellaneous items
Then, once you’ve done that, it’s time to purge. Do you really need to pack that worn out old towel with holes in it? How about expired cosmetics and medication? Is your blow dryer still working? Also, you’ll need to toss out those cleaning supplies. Most moving companies aren’t allowed to transport cleaning supplies due to their hazardous nature. If you’d really like to bring them with you, though, you can transport them in your personal vehicle.
Don’t Pack Hard, Pack Smart
OK, so you’ve gotten rid of all non-essential items, and have pared your bathroom down to the basics. Now it’s time to pack! The very first thing you need to do is have everyone in your household pack a bathroom bag. Yep, just like you’d do for a vacation. This ensures that all of your essential items (like prescription medication) will be available throughout the entire move. And best of all, this makes them portable!
The next step is to prepare your packing boxes for fragile items. Make liberal use of packing paper, bubble wrap, and even your bathroom linens to keep the breakable stuff safe. Why pack a box of towels when you can use those towels as free packing material?
Finally, remember those liquids we were talking about earlier? You’ll need to make sure they’re leak-proof during transport. Remove the lid of any half-empty bottles, place plastic wrap over the opening, and close them up again. Ziploc bags are also a quick and easy leak-proof packing method.
Once you’re done that, all you have to do is stick appropriate labels on your bathroom boxes (clearly marking any that contain fragile items), and move your bathroom packing task from the “to-do” list to the “done” list. Simple!