It is common not to prioritize the laundry room when moving out, because as its name suggests, it is a space that is used only for washing clothes, so probably it is not frequently visited. But if, on the other hand, you use it regularly, you will probably decide to organize it at the end in order to be able to wash your clothes until the last moment.
Packing the laundry items in your home may seem easy, but the truth is that this area includes certain elements that need special attention. Products such as detergents and others may represent a danger when moving, and the washer and dryer have to be prepared before moving day arrives. However, these aspects should not be a problem if you apply the following tips.
As the big day approaches, take care of packing the smaller items and those that serve as decorations. It is important to put heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. Before you seal them, make sure that they are not too heavy that could cause injuries when carrying them.
These are some of the items that require special care when storing them.
- Clothespins: Smaller items such as loose buttons, pins or shelf hinges should be placed in sealed plastic bags.
- Clothes hangers: To make them easier to move, put a bunch of them together and secure them with tape or a rubber band. Place them at the end of a box and place lightweight items such as towels or pillows on top.
- Detergent: Most movers won’t carry detergent and other hazardous products, so if you still have some left over it’s best to give them away to a neighbor or throw them away. But if you are moving a short distance, you can carry them yourself in a plastic bag inside a garbage can to transport them. Fill the spaces with some cloth so that the containers do not move during transportation.
- Iron: Be sure to drain the water from the steamer, then roll up the cord and secure it. If you still have the original box, put it inside, but if you don’t, find a similar one and fill it with bubble wrap. Don’t forget to put the name on the outside of the box.
Get the washing machine ready
Use the cleaning cycle if your washing machine has one, otherwise, place a normal load with no clothes and no detergent, or you can use a commercial washing machine cleaner. Empty all the water and leave the lid open for at least 24 hours for the drum to dry. If you hire a moving company, they will take care of the rest.
Get the dryer ready
The first thing you need to do is empty the dryer. If you have a gas dryer, you’ll need to shut it off, seal the gas line with a cap, disconnect the hose and then store it inside the drum. If you use an electric dryer, just unplug it and tape the cord to the back of the dryer.
Does it seem like a lot of work?
If you feel it’s too much work for you, it’s best to hire professional movers to take care of the heavy lifting, and help make the process much easier.