A simple yet useful tip for packing all your possessions when moving houses is to organize and store your items by room. This means packing similar items or things found in one room (kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.) together in one or more boxes. This hack and packing tips helps make the process of storing your items for the move easier, faster, and safer, and will also work in the same way once you start unpacking and organizing your new home.
Moving and Packing Tips: Your Laundry Area
Your Laundry Room
Once you’re ready to work on your laundry room, follow the tips below to get the process done quickly and more efficiently:
1. Determine what you need to bring for the move.
Undoubtedly, your laundry room is full of different items: a washer and dryer, things you need for ironing clothes, laundry baskets, hangers, laundry soaps, fabric softeners, etc. If you own the washing machines, ask yourself: Do I want to bring them or leave them behind and get new ones once I’m in my new home?
A handy moving hack to remember is to leave certain items behind. You don’t have to bring everything you own for your move. If your appliances or furniture are already too old or are no longer functioning optimally, sell them — or better yet, give them to people who may want or need them. This applies to your current washer and dryer. By doing so, you can save money on your moving costs and, at the same time, reduce your packing work.
2. Prepare your packing supplies.
Once you’ve chosen which items from the laundry room to bring, make sure you have the right number of boxes for packing. Check if the boxes are strong enough to carry a good amount of items. Also, ensure that packing resources in the form of old newspapers, bubble wraps, packing tapes, and labels are within easy reach once you start packing so you can go through the process faster.
3. Start packing smaller and lightweight items.
If your laundry room also doubles as a clothing and bedding storage area, pack all these things together and make sure they are sealed and labeled properly. In case you have some detergents and fabric softeners you want to bring, wrap them with plastic grocery bags and put them in their own plastic boxes to prevent leaks. You can then place them in a good packing box. Again, make sure the box is securely closed and accurately labeled.
4. Use the laundry baskets and hampers as additional storage items.
Laundry baskets and hampers are bulky items that can take up space in the moving van or truck. However, you won’t have to worry about the space they’ll take up if you use them to store some items you will be bringing for the move such as clothes, hangers, clothespins, children’s toys, books or magazines. You can even place the beddings you will be bringing in these baskets and hampers. Just make sure these containers can be closed properly. So that the items inside it won’t spill out easily because of sudden starts or stops on the road. You can use packing tape or some ropes to secure the container effectively.
5. Cover collapsible steel items with plastic sheets.
Lastly, cover items such as ironing boards and collapsible drying racks made of steel, with plastic to protect the surfaces while moving. Make sure they are in the folded position so that they won’t take up too much space in the van or truck.
If you will be bringing your washer and dryer, cover them with plastic sheets or some similar material so that they won’t get any scratches or marks during the move.
Once you’ve moved to your new home, finding and unpacking all the items that will go in your laundry room will be easier if you went through the right process and followed some simple techniques and tips for packing. In no time, you’ll be able to start doing laundry. And once you’re completely unpacked, your routine can go back to normal even if you’re in a new home.
Den’s note: Just follow those moving and packing tips recommended by the expert.
Lisa Jackson, General Manager at The Box Self Storage Services LLC, has 10 years of experience in the self-storage industry at all levels. She has an extensive track record of delivering performance improvements at multiple sites, by developing and implementing marketing strategies, training and motivating staff. As well as the capability to develop and implement long term strategies to secure large customers.