How to pack a laundry room
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Whether your laundry room is in the basement, close to the back door, near the garage, or cramped in a tiny corner in your apartment, one thing’s for sure: it’s a busy place where your stashed clothes go from washer to dryer and finally to the table for folding.
Some homeowners have converted their laundry rooms into flexible spaces that can serve as a mudroom, garden supplies hub, or just about any spot in the house for their messy hobbies. And yes, some even use it to hide while wrapping their gifts.
And because these rooms aren’t the conventional dungeon-cum-cave spaces anymore, it’s not unusual to find just washers and dryers inside. It’s now stuffed with beverage fridges and smart TVs to make laundry times less of a chore and more of a stress reliever.
But a multi-functional laundry room can be a tough challenge to pack once you decide to move to another house or apartment. More so, many movers admit that it’s the last thing they consider because they have to do laundry before they move out.
So, we’ve decided to list the best tips on how to pack a laundry room.
Prepare your packing supplies
- Packaging tape with a tape dispenser
- Packing paper rolls or old newspapers
- Garbage bags
- Stretch plastic wrap
- Bubble wrap for cushioning
- Scissors and box cutters
- Bungee cords or twist ties
- Cardboard boxes
- Markers for labeling
Get started by preparing your packing materials so it’s easier to get a hold of what you need. The night before packing, put these items inside a box:
You may also opt to purchase Styrofoam packing peanuts or blocks, moving blankets or furniture pads, or mattress bags if there’s a need to secure your items much better.
Tidy up and declutter the room
On your packing day, clean and declutter the laundry room to put away stockpiles of items you don’t need in your new home. Doing so will give you less stuff to pack up and transport, and you can save a few boxes and packing supplies as well.
A more organized method of tidying up your laundry space begins with organizing all your stuff according to the “3Ts”:
- Take – items that have value and are worthy of being transported to your new space
- Throw – stuff that you need to get rid of and need to be in the trash right away
- Turn over – things that you don’t need but can be handed to your friends or neighbors
Separate all the items that you’ll organize according to the categories above. But since even the laundry room can have stuff that means something to you, you can avoid getting sentimental over things that you don’t need by sorting them according to these three groups. When you take only what you need on your moving day and leave what’s less valuable, you can go through the sorting process with ease and speed.
Now to start the decluttering process, begin with the items stuffed inside cabinets and drawers. Throw away empty plastic bottles and detergent boxes, broken hangers and baskets, damaged drying racks, and old clips. If you have laundry detergent, stain removers, and fabric softeners as well hazardous chemicals like bleach and acids, remember that you can only transport this if you do it by yourself and not by the professional moving company you’ll be hiring.
Use laundry baskets and hampers as storage containers for your blankets, towels, and other small items.
Finally, don’t leave items lying around the laundry room when segregating them. It’ll be difficult for you to get to move around.
Pack large appliances
Secure large items such as the washer and dryer first. Unplug all appliances from electrical outlets and roll the cord before tying it to secure it from uncoiling during transport. Taping it at the back of the equipment is the proper way to tuck the cord.
Make sure to empty the washing machine from water and detergent. Run a self-clean cycle using non-chlorinated bleach (or any solution that your machine’s manufacturer recommends). Don’t forget to keep the lid open (at least 24 hours if possible) after completing the wash to prevent mold and mildew from building up when the appliance is packed.
Then, disconnect the water supply hoses, and drain all the remaining water into a bucket. For gas dryers, make sure to detach the hose as well before storing it inside the drum.
Wipe the washing machine and dryer with a damp cloth to keep them completely dried out. Then cover them with furniture blankets, but if you don’t have any, you can use large bubble wraps or your ordinary house blankets instead.
Then, secure the transit bolts to keep them stabilized during the move. You can find them in the rear of front load washing machines or near the drum. If not, consult your user guide or manual.
Place the equipment on a dolly and secure it with straps or rope.
- Be careful when loading clothes, blankets and curtains inside the machine to save space during your transport. Overloading it may do more harm than you expect.
- Move the machine in an upright position to avoid damaging the drum.
For wall-mount shelves, clothing valets, drying racks, hanging rods, display shelves and built-in ironing board, it can be difficult to uninstall them, so decide if it’s worth the time and effort to include these in your packing.
For shelves and other ready-to-assemble furnishings, dismantle them carefully and secure each screw in a plastic bag. Label them and tape
on the surface to keep you from getting confused about which screws go to a specific furnishing. Do the same for clothes rods and hanging racks.
If your front-loading washing machine comes with an ergonomic pedestal, use a bubble wrap to cover all parts properly.
Turn a throw rug, area rug or floor mat upside down first before rolling and tying it up. Use paper to wrap the rug instead of plastic to prevent mold and mildew from growing.
Spotlights, lamps and fluorescent tubes or LEDs (under cabinet fixtures used to illuminate the countertop) must be wrapped in packing paper and then a bubble wrap. Do not cram them inside boxes, or you’ll risk damaging the bulbs.
Stack similar chairs and stools on top of each other and tie them up.
Pack small items
Roll the iron cord and secure it with a twisting tie. Roll around a packing tape and then place it inside a box. Follow the same process for extension wires that you use when ironing.
Group collapsible hampers with other similar items such as foldable laundry bins and place them on the sides of boxes to become added padding.
Hangers must be tied together using a rubber band to keep them from tangling with each other. If some hangers are already deformed or rusted, it’s time to discard them.
Keep clothespins, clips and hooks in sealable plastic bags before adding them inside container boxes.
If you have a sewing kit, seal the lid with packing tape to avoid spilling the contents when packed inside the box.
Getting help from a moving company
With all these preparations to be made, packing your laundry room can be a hassle. But you can always call on North Austin movers when it comes to handling appliances, furnishings and small items when moving.
Whether it’s a short move or a long-distance relocation, you can be assured of transporting your stuff safely and on time. They’ll take charge of disassembling and reassembling your furnishing, unloading and unwrapping all your items, and securing the transport at a reasonable cost that fits your budget.
If you choose to do the packing yourself using our tips above, you’ll be assured that the moving crew will arrive early and get your move day started with ease.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about packing the laundry room
1. How do I secure electrical plugs from scratching other items inside the packing bag?
Aside from coiling the cable wire and using a twisting tie, wrap a packing tape around the plug. Remember not to use the tape on the surface of the lamp base or stand since this might remove the protective coating or paint.
2. How do I make sure that the moving crew won’t damage the laundry items inside my box?
Label it with “Extremely Fragile” to remind the crew to handle it with care. Nevertheless, you can be assured that each item will be carefully transported, whether marked fragile or not.
3. There are still gaps inside the container box, but I don’t have anything else to add. Is there a way to keep the items from getting into contact with one another?
Fill the gaps with crushed paper, light pieces of clothing or old newspapers for better cushioning inside.
4. Can I add items inside the trash can before packing it?
Certainly. Mesh bags, laundry cleaning tools and even hangers can be placed inside to maximize the space.
5. How can I move my laundry room when I don’t have enough time for it?
Call a moving service in Austin to handle a short-notice move for you. They can pack and move your laundry room stuff on your behalf. No more heavy lifting and worrying about unloading them to your new home.
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