Some people are completely unbothered by messy rooms. Others can’t stand them, and they have to clean it all up whenever they notice things start getting messy. If you fall within the latter group, you probably know that having to pack up a messy room can be a literal pain in the back, because you not only have to just pack it up but also clean up the room before doing so. If you are facing such a predicament, this article will hopefully help make your experience of packing up a messy room less daunting and much easier.
How do you pack up a messy room?
- Get all the supplies you
need Cleanthe room before packing up
- Sort similar items into piles
- Pack the items into boxes
- Pack an essential items’ bag
Let us now take a closer look at each of these standard procedures of packing up a messy room while also incorporating other procedures which are room specific.
Standard procedures of packing up a messy room
1. Get all the supplies you need
Before starting the process of packing up a room, you need to ensure that you have all that you need while packing. This will help in improving your efficiency and will save a lot of time when you begin packing up a room. It is advisable to make a list of the items you will need while packing up so that you can just get them in one go. Get boxes of various sizes depending on the size of items in the room that you want to pack up, duct tape which will be used to seal the boxes, a pair of scissors for cutting the tape, markers for labelling the boxes, old newspapers for wrapping fragile objects, trash bags for collecting trash etc.
2. Clean the room before packing up
It is much easier to pack up a room when it is clean. Therefore, the first logical thing to do while packing up a messy room is to clean it up fast, then the rest of the process will be much easier. For starters, locating the items that need to be packed will be much easier. Take all the items which are not supposed to be in the room out of the room. If for example, you have plates and spoons in say, the bedroom, these items should be moved to the kitchen, where they belong. The trash present in the room also needs to be thrown out. Doing this will help significantly in reducing the workload that would have been required to pack up the room.
You can also consider downsizing the number of items present in the room you want to pack up. This is because there are probably a lot of items present in the room that are not needed. You can divide the items in your room into three categories; items that you should keep, items you should throw away, and items that you should give to charity. The items that you should keep should be the items that you really need, the items that you should throw away are the items that you don’t need and would be of no use to anyone in particular. The items to be given to charity are the ones that you don’t really need but would be of use to someone who is in need.
3. Sort similar items into piles
Sorting similar items into piles is also a very important process of packing up a room. In the kitchen, for example, plates are put in piles separate from the cutlery. Cups also need to be piled separately from dishes. Electronic appliances should also be put in a separate pile. Foodstuffs also need to be put in a separate pile. You also need to take general hygiene into consideration while sorting similar items into piles. You need to take care not to put the pile which contains soaps and detergents so close to the pile containing foodstuffs. This will help in keeping the food from being contaminated. This general organization of components of the room into respective similar piles helps in making the process of packing these items into boxes much easier.
4. Pack the items into boxes
After sorting all the items in the room into their respective piles, you can now start putting the items into boxes. The boxes need to be strong enough to be able to hold the items especially in the time of moving. This is because if the boxes are weak, they will give way when they are lifted, making all your effort to be for nought since the room will go back to its messy state. It may even be much worse than before, especially when you throw in a bunch of broken items.
In addition, fragile items such as cups, plates trophies etc., need to be packed in the boxes with extra caution. You can use old newspapers, tissue paper or packing paper to wrap the fragile items. This will help to insulate these fragile items when they come under any form of stress or commotion, thus reducing their risk of breaking. Furthermore, the boxes also need to be sealed tightly preferably using duct tape in order to reduce the risk of the box giving way.
The boxes also need to be labelled once the packing of a particular pile is finished. This will prove to be very useful when the time comes to unpack everything, and future you will be very thankful to present you, who is doing the packing. This will help avoid the confusion that comes during the time of unpacking since you will be knowing which item is in which box, all thanks to the labelling on the boxes. It is also advisable to label both sides of the box, also remembering to indicate which side is up, so that you’ll be able to know the contents of the box by looking from any direction, and also avoid placing the box with the wrong side facing up.
It is also important to label the box as fragile if the contents inside the box are indeed fragile. This will help in encouraging the people transporting the boxes to do so with more caution than when transporting boxes which don’t contain fragile items.
5. Pack wisely
It is important to use reasonably sized boxes when packing up a room. Most people tend to pack many small items in a large box. This should however not always be the case. For instance, let’s say that you pack many books in a large box. The box will end up being too heavy to carry and it may end up getting damaged. Instead, for the packaging of small items, you should use several reasonably sized boxes to package the items so that it will be easier to transport the boxes out of the room when the time for moving comes. You can place the books in several medium-sized boxes which will be much easier to transport and help you avoid a lot of inconveniences.
6. Pack an essential items’ bag
It is important to pack the essential items of the room last. These are the things that you’ll need the moment you move to a new room, even before the other items have been unpacked. For the case of the bathroom, you can pack the toothbrush and toothpaste, your face towel, one roll of tissue paper, one bathing soap and bathroom slippers in a separate bag since you’ll most probably need them the night you move to your new bathroom.
How do you pack up food? Most people just opt to throw away the food, even good food. Here is what to do when packing food in preparation for moving:
- Place sugar, flour, salt or any other stuff likely to cause spillage in a sealable container before packing
- Use boxes which are reasonably sized to avoid bulkiness
- Share the excess food with the neighbors
- Label all the perishable goods for immediate unpacking
How do I pack up the large furniture present in the room? If the furniture is made in such a way that it can be disassembled, you can do so but remember to put the screws which hold the furniture together since they’ll be needed when the time for reassembling comes. The drawers should also be removed and transported separately. The cushions should also be removed from the sofa and transported separately. This will help in making the transportation o0f bulky furniture much easier when the time for moving comes.