How to pack your living room like a pro

Packing is exhausting, isn’t it? You never really realize how much stuff you have until it’s time to pack it all up for a move. And then, suddenly, you look at a room and find yourself overwhelmed. That is especially true for the living room! It has everything from bulky furniture to fragile electronics to tons of knick-knacks you just can’t imagine living without. Where do you even start? How are you supposed to pack your living room properly, efficiently, and without completely losing your mind? Well, this experienced Mississippi moving company has a few pro tips that can help.

Pack your living room by not packing all of it

One of the biggest challenges with packing your living room is the fact that there’s simply so much stuff in it! From furniture to a variety of electronics and appliances to tons of decorations, the living room is where you keep a lot of very different things which can make packing quite a pain.

Living room.
There are a lot of things to pack in a living room.

The obvious solution to that is having less stuff. So take a good hard look at your living room. What are some of the things you can get rid of? Sell them in a yard sale, donate them to Goodwill or simply toss them out – either way, having less stuff will make packing much easier!

Consider letting someone else pack your living room for you

If packing is what your nightmares are made of, then allowing somebody else to pack your living room for you may be a good idea. Large moving companies offer packing and unpacking services as part of their repertoire. Of course, this will shave a few dollars off your budget. But it’s definitely worth it to know that your living room will be packed safely and efficiently without you lifting a finger!

Start by clearing your walls

If you decide not to have movers help you pack and move house, you should at least learn from their methods so that you can pack like a pro yourself. And one perhaps unexpected tip is to start with the walls! The living room is where we spend most of our time, so it’s only natural that we want it to look nice. Because of this, most living rooms will have painting, mirrors, other frames, draperies, and tapestries lining the walls. Pack these first because:

  1. you don’t use them daily, so you can get an early start by putting them away weeks or even months in advance
  2. they won’t be in the way when you start packing everything else
  3. blank walls are easy to achieve, and yet, they have an incredible effect on your mental state: you’ll feel very accomplished after such a simple task because the room will seem much emptier
Framed paintings on a wall.
Start packing by clearing the walls.

Pack your lamps, books, and decorations next

Similarly, packing away lamps, books, ornaments, and various other knick-knacks is a great way to clear and declutter the space quickly. That also removes the vast majority of small items that can get lost easily or fragile things you need to be extremely careful with from the living room, leaving you with just the basics: large electronics and furniture. Just be sure to protect everything with plenty of bubble wrap, shredded paper or packing peanuts and label the boxes as fragile.

Then it’s time to pack your living room electronics

The living room is home to some of the largest and most valuable home electronics: TVs and sound systems. Packing these can be tricky. Try consulting the manual for instructions on packing and moving. If you don’t have one, a good rule of thumb is to start by unplugging and disconnecting everything. Label the cables or take photos so you’ll be able to set it all up again later.

Flatscreen, speakers and other electronics.
Pack your electronics with care.

Whenever possible, use the original packaging for your electronics. In case you can’t, get a box of similar size or slightly larger. Use plenty of packing material to fill the remaining empty space. That ensures the items don’t move too much and reduces the risk of damage. For extra protection, wrap your electronics in bubble wrap or blankets.

Finally, pack your living room furniture and rugs

That may seem counterintuitive but leave the biggest challenges for last! Only pack your furniture and rugs after you’ve cleared everything else out of the way. That makes moving them easier and safer. There won’t be anything you can drop, break, or trip on. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be careful. There are plenty of ways to injure yourself while you pack your living room and we don’t want that!

Dealing with living room furniture

Moving furniture is never easy. Most pieces are bulky, heavy, and difficult to maneuver. So start by disassembling what you can! Cabinets, armoires, tables, and chairs will all be easier to move in parts than as a whole. If any of your furniture has glass panels, either remove them or cover them with plastic and tape an X over the surface to both minimize the risk of damage and contain broken pieces in case of breakage. To keep your sofas and armchairs clean, wrap them in moving blankets, tarp or plastic. Finally, remember to drag furniture instead of carrying it whenever you can.

Packing rugs

Packing rugs for a move is relatively simple. Roll them tightly so that the top side is on the inside and if necessary, secure the roll with twine. Do not fold rugs or put anything on top of them; otherwise, they’ll crack.

Remember that some things are best left to professionals!

While you can pack your living room yourself, for the most part, some things are best left to professionals. If you have a piano or a pool table, for example, taking them apart and moving them without professional help is asking for trouble. Valuable works of art like paintings and sculptures also require professional handling. Hiring specialty movers in these cases is a must as it is the only way to ensure the safety of both you and your possessions. So don’t bite off more than you can chew!

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