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Room-by-Room Guide On How To Pack Your Home To Move

Moving into a new home is an exciting adventure, but the process of packing can sometimes feel daunting. To make your move smoother and more organized, it’s helpful to pack your items room by room. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you pack efficiently, with special solutions for tricky items like artwork, mirrors, and bulky items.

1. Start with a Plan

Moving is stressful and can be very overwhelming, and a lot of that comes from having to pack. Before diving into packing, create a plan to streamline the process. Make a checklist of each room in your home and prioritize which rooms to pack first based on your moving timeline. Staying organized is key!

2. Gather Packing Supplies

In order to ensure your belongings arrive to their new home in one piece, be sure to purchase the correct packing and moving supplies. Collect sturdy boxes in various sizes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels. Utilize blankets, towels, and clothing to cushion fragile items. Having the right supplies will make the packing process go so much smoother!

3. Declutter

Before you start packing, go through your home room-by-room and declutter. Donate or discard items you no longer use or need. It helps to use an inventory sheet as a guide to keep track of everything as well. This will make packing easier and reduce the number of items you have to move.

3. Kitchen

Now that you have a plan, all the right supplies and have decluttered, let's get packing! Starting with the Kitchen, here are some helpful tips to get started!

  • Begin with non-essential items like cookbooks, specialty appliances, and extra dishes.

  • Wrap fragile items like glassware and dishes in packing paper or bubble wrap and place them in sturdy boxes.

  • For small appliances like blenders, toasters, and coffee makers, make sure they are clean and dry before packing. Wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper, and place them in boxes with padding around them to prevent damage.

  • Use dish towels and cloth napkins to cushion delicate items.

  • Pack spices and pantry items in sealable bags or containers to prevent spills.

  • Pack heavy items like canned goods or small appliances in smaller boxes to prevent them from becoming too heavy to lift.

  • Pack a separate box with essential kitchen items you'll need right away in your new home, such as a few dishes, utensils, pots, and pans, dish soap, and a coffee maker or kettle.

  • If you have a lot of kitchen items or fragile belongings, consider hiring professional movers who specialize in packing and moving delicate items. Here at Moving Mountains we understand the ins and outs of packing and can help make it an easy process for you!

4. Bedroom

Packing up your bedroom belongings efficiently can make the moving process smoother. Here are some tips to help you pack your bedroom items effectively!

  • Start with out-of-season clothing, shoes, and accessories.

  • Utilize vacuum-sealed bags to condense bulky items like comforters and pillows.

  • Pack clothing on hangers in garment bags or large trash bags to keep them clean and organized.

  • For jewelry and small accessories, use compartmentalized organizers or small boxes to prevent tangling.

  • If possible, disassemble large furniture items such as bed frames and dressers before packing them. Keep all the screws, bolts, and assembly hardware in labeled bags to make reassembly easier.

5. Living Room

Packing up your living room belonging effecianlty will help moving day go much smoother, here are some tips to help!

  • Begin with decorative items like books, DVDs, and knick-knacks.

  • Wrap delicate items like figurines and photo frames in bubble wrap or packing paper.

  • For electronics, use their original packaging whenever possible. Otherwise, wrap them in bubble wrap and pack them in sturdy boxes with ample cushioning.

  • Keep items from your entertainment center, such as DVDs, CDs, remote controls, and cables, together in labeled boxes or bags to make setting up your entertainment system easier at your new place.

  • Use furniture blankets or moving pads to protect larger items like sofas, coffee tables, and end tables from scratches and damage during transit.

6. Bathroom

Packing up your bathroom belongings requires a bit of extra care due to the presence of fragile items like glass containers and liquids. Here are some tips to help you pack your bathroom items efficiently for the big moving day!

  • Start with non-essential items like extra towels, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

  • Place all liquid items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and cleaning products into sealable plastic bags or ziplock bags to prevent leaks during transit. Consider using tape to secure the caps of bottles for extra protection.

  • Pack toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and soaps in a separate bag or box. Consider using a toiletry organizer to keep smaller items organized and prevent them from shifting during the move.

  •  If you have prescription medications, pack them in a separate, easily accessible bag or box. Keep them with you during the move rather than packing them in the moving truck.

  •  If you're taking your shower curtain and rod with you, remove them from the shower and pack them separately in a box to prevent damage.

Special Packing Solutions For Those Awkward Items

Sometimes your stuck with those items you just don't know what to do with. Packing awkward or unusual items can be tricky! Here are some helpful tips when packing up those belongings!

- Artwork and Mirrors

  • Protect frames with cardboard or foam board and wrap them in bubble wrap. Secure with packing tape and label them as fragile.

  • Use mirror boxes or custom-built crates for larger mirrors or valuable artwork. Fill any empty spaces with packing material to prevent shifting during transport.

- Bulky Items

  • Disassemble furniture whenever possible to make it easier to transport. Keep screws and hardware organized in labeled bags.

  • Use moving blankets or furniture pads to protect large items like sofas, dressers, and tables during transit.

  • Consider renting or purchasing specialty moving equipment like dollies or lifting straps to safely maneuver bulky items.

Additional Tips:

  • Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to for easy unpacking.

  • Pack essential items separately in a clearly marked box or suitcase to access them immediately upon arrival at your new home.

  • Take inventory of your belongings and consider purchasing moving insurance for added protection.

By following these room-by-room packing tips and special solutions for awkward items, you can minimize stress and ensure a smooth transition into your new home. If you find the idea of packing and moving yourself to daunting, consider hiring professional movers. Here at Moving Mountains we specialize in packing and moving and can help minimize the stress of the entire process for you. You can get a free quote and hopefully we can move mountains together! Happy packing and happy moving!

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