Packing and moving the bathroom is tricky. First, it is always a last-minute packing project because we need almost everything in our bathrooms on a daily basis, including the very day of the move itself. We cannot stuff these essentials in a box weeks beforehand, so how can we be prepared on moving day, while also having the time to clean our bathrooms before exiting the residence for our new homes? Second, the bathroom holds numerous miscellaneous items with odd shapes, and fragile containers that are often filled with liquids. How do we keep these items from breaking and spilling into the box and out of it, which might damage our other possessions?
Sort Your Bathroom Items Before Moving
Begin the process of sorting your bathroom by going through all of your cabinets, drawers, and closets one by one. You will want to begin this first stage of sorting at least a week before your move. Sort your bathroom by categories and accumulate all of the items from each bathroom together.
Some common bathroom groupings include the following:
- Feminine care products
- Hair care products
- Cleaning supplies
- First aid items
- Paper products
- Towels and Linens
Create an Essentials Box While Sorting Your Bathroom Before You Move
Once you have everything sorted according to category, you are going to create an essentials box. The essentials box includes everything that you need on a daily basis. This box is appropriately labeled and easy to find when it is time to settle into the first night and the following day at your new residence. That way, you and other members of the family are not digging through every single box to find the things that you really need for the first 24 hours.
Every member of the family should have their own box that contains their personal items, but you will also want to create a group or family box that contains items that everyone in the household needs.
Furthermore, your essentials box should include all of the things that you will need during the final days before your move as you pack away the things you will not need until after you have settled into your new home and start unpacking. In the case of your bathroom, your personal essentials box will include all necessary daily items like toiletries and hygiene products that include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as required prescription or over-the-counter medications that you keep in the medicine cabinet.
The essentials box for the group or family will contain towels and washcloths, and on the final day before your move, you will put a few rolls of toilet paper and your shower curtains in the box. Other than your survival bathroom items, your container will include a change of clothes, sheets and pillows, and if you use an alarm clock other than your phone’s alarm, it should go in this box as well. Eating utensils and plates are essential items, and you might consider disposables like plastic ware, paper plates, paper towels, and cleaning wipes, as well as a garbage bag to put them in, so you do not have to do dishes right away. You might also need a few tools like screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, and pliers. In addition, you will probably need a few snacks and food items for the evening and next morning, and while your essential electronic devices are sure to travel with you, be certain that power cables and chargers are in your essentials box.
Do not forget about your pet, and the things they might need on the first night. If you have kids, they will need survival items as well, depending on their age, from bottles and pacifiers to favorite toys, books for nighttime reading, or their favorite stuffed animal or blanket to reduce their anxiety about moving into a new house.
Purge Your Bathroom Items Before Moving
A bathroom can get pretty darn gross over time, as it eventually fills up with half-used containers of items you once needed, but do not need anymore. You will find old hair products and cosmetics that did not work out, broken items, tattered towels and washcloths, and medicine that is so old it could actually do more harm to you than good.
You have put off the purge long enough because moving provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of items to reduce the amount you have to move and to start fresh at your new residence minus the clutter. Some items like old blow dryers or flat irons that you never use can be sold for extra cash. There are plenty of great options for selling your old item. You can plan a yard sale, or have a virtual garage sale on any of the following websites and apps:
- Amazon Marketplace
- Facebook buy and sell groups
If you do not have the time to sell items, give them away to a charity organization. Once you have separated your items that you want to sell or give to charity, there is more work to do, and we have broken the purge down by category:
- Medicine: Do you have enough medicine to run your own pharmacy? Chances are that many of the items in your medicine cabinet are expired or never proved to be effective. If you can no longer read the label on a medication, or the product doesn’t look quite right, take no chances and toss it. On a serious note, using leftover medication to self-medicate is a common practice, but it also a dangerous one. Medications lose their effectiveness after they expire, and you can put yourself or your loved ones in serious danger. Moreover, 60,000 children end up in the ER after getting into medication from medicine cabinets and other locations. Dispose of these items properly by finding a collection site. The Drug Enforcement Administration has a webpage devoted to diversion drug control and public disposal locations. Other place to locate pharmacies that take medication disposals can be found on DisposeMyMeds.Org. Throwing them in the trash is the option you will presumably choose because of convenience, but it isn’t the safest method, so use precaution when doing so by removing product labels and crushing tablets.
- Hair products: Throw away nearly-empty bottles of hair product, and any others that you never use. Do not bring these items to your new home, only to sit there for years to come.
- Cosmetics: Cosmetics are expensive, and they are hard to toss even if you never use them because they did not work very good. Well, this is the time to part ways with them. If a product is dried out, cracked, or does not match your current style or never matched your skin tone, get rid of it now and find a replacement once you have moved.
- Bathroom linens: Towels and washcloths wear out quickly if you are using them properly. There is a good chance that many of your bathroom linens should have turned to cleaning rags long ago. Cut them up and use them for cleaning, or get rid of them and buy replacements once you are in your new residence.
- Cleaning supplies: If you are using a moving company, some of the chemical cleaning products you use in the bathroom are forbidden on moving trucks because they are considered hazardous cargo. Talk to your moving company about this. More than likely, you will have to pack these chemical items in a separate container and move them yourself, or get rid of them in a responsible way if you never use them.
Pack Your Bathroom Items for Safe Transport
Remember, the first part of packing your bathroom is loading up an essential box. Each person in the family packs their own box, to ensure that no one can be blamed if something is missing. This box includes toothbrush and toothpaste, daily medication, first aid kit, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, hair products, daily cosmetics, blow dryers or other hair appliances, and hair clips and bands.
Then, here are some tricks for packing the rest of your bathroom to ensure that nothing breaks, spills, or leaks during your move:
- Clearly label all of your moving containers, so that you are not digging through numerous boxes to find your bathroom items. Also, mark appropriate boxes with the warning “fragile,” so that movers take extra care when loading and stacking these containers.
- Line boxes that contain small items like bobby pins or fragile items with towels.
- Use grocery bags to wrap up plungers and other nasty bathroom cleaning and repair items to keep germs from getting on your other belongings.
- Put bottles like shampoo and conditioner in gallon plastic bags, Ziploc bags, or use plastic wrap to prevent leaks and spills during your move.
- Boxes with towels and washcloths crush easily if you do not fill the boxes tightly and to the very top. Also, use heavy-duty boxes or plastic containers to prevent stacked boxes from collapsing.
- Boxes with toiletries should be small, and fill all empty box spaces and gaps between items with packing paper, bubble wrap, or towels, and washcloths.
- Ensure that everything you pack is dry, from towels to shower curtains to avoid mildew and mold.
- Wrap fragile bathroom items like appliances and mirrors. Use packing paper and bubble wrap that is taped at the end to ensure the items do not come unwrapped. Between layers of fragile items, use cardboard pieces and towels to cushion them.
Hire a Professional to Pack Your Bathroom
Packing is a time-consuming and laborious task that you might want to leave to the professionals. Professional packing services like the one offered by Royal Moving Co. are super convenient because they provide the packing supplies, wraps delicate items properly, labels the boxes, packs them carefully, and even unpack them if you wish.
You would be doing a disservice to yourself if you did not give Royal a ring if you need assistance with any part of your move, even if it is a last minute or emergency situation. Royal does local moves, long distance moves, and commercial moves of any size. They also rent plastic containers for packing, which they deliver before the move and pick up upon completion. In addition, they provide “labor-only” services and storage options. Furthermore, all of the labor is covered under one fair, hourly rate.
The following are the main reasons for hiring a professional to pack all of your belongings
- Reducing your stress is priceless, and leaving the packing of your possession to others removes an immense amount of anxiety. While the pros pack, you can focus on the important things that only you can do like transferring the utilities, keeping your regular home and work schedule, and taking care of your kids who will need extra attention to reduce their fears about moving.
- Professional packers understand how to pack items of all shapes and sizes from big pieces of art to your prized flat screen television to every odd-shaped piece of furniture to your small, fragile possessions, so that you never have to lift a finger or take the risk of damaging something valuable.
- Packing requires packing materials, and professional packers have the best supplies and know how to use them. Nothing gets past these packing pros when it comes to foam cushioning, bubble wrap, furniture covers, packing paper and tape, and boxes and specialty containers of various sizes, including wardrobe boxes and glass and plate divider inserts.
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