METCALF MOVING BLOG

May 28, 2021

Tackling the Bathroom: Packing Tips for Your Move

The average size of a bathroom in an American home is between 40 and 210 square feet. However, this compact room is generally loaded with various small items to pack. Not to mention, some bathroom items contain liquid, are fragile, or can’t be mingled directly with other things. When you are preparing to move, the bathroom can be a precarious space to pack. Here are a few tips to help you along.

1. Sort and evaluate your collection before packing.

The bathroom notoriously contains a lot of items that may never get used. Before you start packing, go through your collection and do what you can to scale it down. Consider:

  • Combining half-full bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body soap
  • Getting rid of unused beauty products
  • Sorting through medications and safely disposing of the expired ones 
  • Donating stained, mismatched, or tattered towels to your local animal shelter

2. Create an essentials box to keep aside.

During the days leading up to the move and the first days in the new place, you will naturally have some items you need in your bathroom. Create an essentials box with the necessities. For example, you may need:

  • Soaps and shampoos
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • A towel for every household member 
  • Deodorant
  • First-aid supplies
  • Blow dryer
  • Shower curtain

On the final day of the move, all the essentials can simply be tucked into your essentials box and carried with you to the new place.

3. Utilize towels and washcloths to pad fragile items.

There is no need to use packing peanuts or bubble wrap when packing the bathroom. You can typically protect your items adequately by wrapping them and padding them with bath towels, washcloths, and hand towels you already have. For example, you can wrap each of your perfume bottles in a hand towel for safe protection before packing.

4. Pack toiletries and medications in zippered bags.

Zippered plastic baggies can be handy when packing your small items in the bathroom. Drop bottles of medication, soaps, makeup, razors, and other small objects into their own bag to keep them separated from everything else. You can then fill your boxes with the zippered bags instead of dropping things in the box loosely.

5. Use plastic wrap to prevent leaks and spills.

You can further protect shampoo bottles, body soap, and other liquids that you have already opened by wrapping them in plastic wrap. Pull the lid off the items, place a sheet of plastic wrap over the opening, and then put the top back on. Wrap the entire object in plastic or place it in a sealed plastic bag. If these items leak, the plastic wrap or bag will prevent a mess.

6. Pack things in small boxes and place those in larger boxes.

To keep your items more organized, pick up a collection of small boxes to pack the bathroom. Smaller boxes will make it easier to contain hairbrushes, electrical items, and bathroom decor pieces like soap dishes or soap dispensers. Remember, you can drop your smaller boxes into a larger box for easier carrying and transport.

7. Pack your bathroom cleaning supplies.

Packing the bathroom cleaning supplies requires some planning and care. Some of the cleaners might be toxic and need to be wrapped and labeled appropriately. Try to pack these things upright to reduce spillage during your move.

If you are hiring movers, you need to find out what their restricted items are. There are many items that movers are not allowed to carry, including:

  • Bleach
  • Disinfectants
  • Aerosol cans
  • Acids
  • Ammonia
  • Nail polish and polish remover

You will need to transport these yourself or adequately dispose of them.

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