Room-by-room packing guide

Moving is a process that needs to be well planned and executed. It can be complicated a stressful so through planning we try to keep it in order. Every successful and stress-free move needs a good plan. schedule and organization. A considerable part of any move is packing. This is why packing needs to be well organized and planned. It is important so you can avoid being messy, missing to pack something important, and staying on schedule. So, the best advice is to perform room-by-room packing so here is a short guide on how to do it.

Packing checklist for room-by-room packing

The packing checklist will help you stay organized and follow all of the steps to pack successfully. It is advisable to pack room by room so you will be able to check each room as completed. But first, you should know that your moving preparation should start well in advance. You should deal with the clutter early and prepare all of the packing supplies. Be aware that you will need help so ask for help from your friends and family.

Woman and girl packing
Make sure to get organized and pack room-by-room to avoid missing something

Once you do your preparations start your packing according to a universal room-by-room packing checklist. Here is a list of rooms to pack in order:

  • Storage rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathroom

Storage rooms

Basically, we use sheds, attics, and basements as storage rooms. They are usually cluttered with all sorts of items. It is a good idea to declutter them and get rid of all of the unnecessary stuff from these areas. Then you should handle packing power tools and equipment. Make sure that they are emptied of all of the fluids to avoid the risk of spillage and fire. Detach all of the removable and sharp parts and pack them separately. Wrap and protect the hand tools separately also to avoid damage. Use original boxes if you can.


Packing the kitchen is pretty straight forward but you have to take care of the fragile dishes. Plates and glasses should be protected with bubble wrap, paper, and other filling materials to prevent damage. Use sturdy boxes as these items are heavy but also must be well protected. Mark the boxes as Fragile for added protection.

A cardboard box marked kitchen
Pack your fragile items carefully and make sure to label them for special care

Living room

The living room is the largest in the house and it has the largest items to pack. Furniture is the first and it should be well protected for transport as well as rugs and carpets. Where possible you should disassemble it. Electronics like TVs and stereos should be packed in original boxes. If you don’t have them use any suitable box with added protection. Other items like artwork should be handled with special care and packed in special boxes.


Furniture from the bedroom should also be disassembled if possible. Make sure to protect it well. You can use plastic bags for packing pillows, blankets, and linens. The same goes for the children’s room. 


You will be using the bathroom on moving day so it is logical to pack it last. Take care with the bathroom as toiletries can require some extra caution when packing. Use plastic bags to pack them to avoid sills. Fragile bottles protect using towels. Also, make sure to throw away any item that has expired.

A woman carrying boxes during room-by-room packing.
Organized packing room-by-room will make your move easier and less stressful

So, once you end your room-by-room packing process that should be it. You can get on your way to your new home to start your unpacking.