Bathrooms may typically be small, but they contain an incredible amount of stuff for their size. Think about it: Bathrooms hold toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and even mirrors and artwork. That’s why it helps to have a plan when it comes to packing your bathroom for a move–a room you may want to save for last, given its daily use.
Weed Items Out
You can save yourself a lot of time and energy by getting rid of items you won’t need, are expired, or are inexpensive to replace. Some candidates are:
- Shower curtains and liners, especially if old or mildewed
- Expired or seldom-used cosmetics
- Near-empty toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo containers
- Aerosol cans, which moving companies advise are potentially explosive
- Worn-out toothbrushes and towels
- Toilet brushes
Sort and Pack
Once you’ve weeded out stuff you’re definitely getting rid of, you can begin sorting and packing what’s left.
- Items you will need daily should be kept separate, in a container you can access easily. (Moving isn’t easy, but it’s even more miserable if you can’t reach your deodorant.)
- Items you won’t need daily–cologne, for instance–can go in another box; be sure to wrap the fragile ones to protect them. Towels can be handy for wrapping up smaller bathroom items, and plastic bags around items that may leak are also helpful.
- Cleaning supplies are useful to have in their own separate box as well. Keep these easy to access for as long as possible.
- Any wall-mounted mirrors, artwork, or other large fragile items can go together, later to be wrapped and packed.
- Label all boxes, not just with “bathroom,” but with what type of bathroom items are in each box.
Load Up and Move
When it comes time to put your items in a moving vehicle, avoid placing fragile items under heavy ones, or in positions where they might fall. Keep your daily-use-items box and your cleaning-supplies box in a spot where they’ll be easy to reach. Indeed, as the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the house, you may want to load all of your bathroom items last so that they’re the first to come off at your new destination.
With the right organization and planning, unpacking should go as seamlessly as packing your bathroom. So enjoy the process, and the opportunity to make your new bathroom your own.