As anyone who has moved houses will tell you: just start. The longer you spend thinking about how much work it is, the less inclined you’ll be to get started. Please note that this doesn’t mean you should start packing without a plan; it will only make the job more challenging. Planning is good, and one key element is understanding how difficult it will be to pack each room. Armed with this knowledge, you may either decide to go big and start from the hardest room. Or you can ease into the whole thing from the easiest one.
To help you start, we’ve provided a ranking of the easiest (and most difficult) rooms to pack in a home. Here you go:
The hardest rooms to pack
- The kitchen
Because of the number of breakable items in the kitchen, it’s one of the hardest rooms to pack. You need to take your time and handle the items with extreme care. Thankfully, the big kitchen appliances aren’t that difficult to pack, as long as you remember to pad the boxes of devices with glass parts.
- The laundry room
It’s basically impossible to arrange racks, ironing tables, and some of the items you’ll find in a laundry room into a box, and this complicates the process a little. Additionally, you’ll need some extra effort to get the washer ready to be transported; run some water and vinegar through it and give it enough time to dry before moving.
- The garage
This is actually the hardest room to pack – it’s only third on this list because many people do not have garages. If you do, then you’ll know how awkwardly shaped everything in the room is. You’ll need some expert input and special moving boxes for this room.
The easiest rooms to pack
- The living room
Aside from large furniture and the TV, most things you’ll find in a living room are easy to stick into a box. And most furniture can sit in the moving van, so you only have to wrap up the chairs to prevent stains when you place other items on them. Don’t forget that the lamps and some home decor may be fragile, so handle them with care.
- The bedrooms
The bedroom is very similar to the living room; apart from one or two big items, the rest are box-friendly. Perhaps the biggest concern here is losing track of where everything is, and you can avoid this by labeling the boxes. Also, don’t forget to keep a suitcase aside for your daily essentials, don’t pack things you use frequently with all the other stuff.
- The home office
Another very easy room to pack. Once you’ve removed the tables and chairs, most of the work is done. But wires and cables can be tricky, especially if you don’t accurately remember what goes where. A good tip would be to place them in the same boxes as the appliances they connect to, so when you’re reassembling, it’s easier to figure things out.
There you have it, the level of difficulty you may encounter while packing each room in the house and the items to keep a special eye on. Please remember that the order in which you place your load into the moving truck is important as well; never place heavy boxes on fragile items. You can differentiate by placing colored sticky notes on them. Boxes with fragile items may be tagged with red and so on.
If you want to avoid the hassle of keeping all these in mind as you pack, there’s an alternative: hire a moving company that does all the work for you. If your house is around Seattle, TWO MEN AND A MOVING VAN is a local company that provides first-class relocation services in the area. For inquiries, call 253-215-1850 or fill this form to get a quick quote.