A month before our scheduled move date I started panicking about the amount of “stuff” and how we would ever get it all packed in time. I went packing crazy, putting anything in a box that I thought we wouldn’t move in the next month. But the bathroom was one area I waited to pack because most of the things in it are used on a daily basis. Here’s how I tackled packing our bathroom before we moved.
Our bathroom was sparsely decorated, so it didn’t take long to pack the decorations. If you have more wall decor, this step might take a little longer, but most bathrooms are small and won’t have too much decor. Pack away anything on the walls that are purely for decoration. Mark the box so you know where to put it in the new house.
Thin the Cupboards
My bathroom cupboards were full of random hotel samples, products I thought I would someday and great deals on cosmetics that I never used. Instead of packing it all up, I went through and tossed what I could. Here’s what I eliminated:
- expired medicines
- old cosmetics
- almost empty bottles of toiletries
- hotel samples
- anything else that I knew I wouldn’t use.
Use It Up
Now is not the time to stock up on toiletries. You don’t want to be totally out when you get to your new place, but you don’t want to move 50 rolls of toilet paper because you got a great deal the week before you moved. Use up the bathroom supplies you have on hand so you have less to move.
Pack a Bag
With the entire contents of your home in boxes, it’s often difficult to find specific items. But you’ll probably want a shower shortly after you arrive at your new home after all that work. Pack the necessities in a special bag. This includes shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, contact supplies, prescription medications and pain reliever. Keep this bag in the bathroom until right before you move. Keep it close to you so it doesn’t get lost in all of the other stuff.
Wrap It Up
The towels in your bathroom have extra value during the move. Instead of packing them all away in a box, use them as packing material for items in other rooms. Save out enough towels to last until the move, plus at least one towel for each person to use after you move. Use the rest to wrap around fragile items in other rooms. Use the towels on items you’ll unpack right away so your entire towel supply isn’t stuck in boxes for weeks.
Pack the Rest
A day or two before the move, pack up all of the other items in the bathroom. If you’ll need the items in the first few days, pack them in a clear plastic tote so you can spot them easily. And don’t forget to mark the boxes clearly so you know where they go. With a bathroom packing plan in mind, your new bathroom will be up and running after you arrive in your new home.