5 Steps to Pack and Move the Living Room or Family Room

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The living room can be a little more complicated to move than the dining room or bedroom, simply because of all those electronics and small items such as figurines, DVDs and books. This guide will help you organize and pack both the small and large items efficiently and effectively.

Sort, Select and Simplify

Like all rooms, you need to sort and get rid of stuff as much as possible. Go through each drawer and over each shelf to determine what items will be moved and which ones can be donated or sold in a garage sale.

Pack All Draperies and Wall Decorations

Remove and pack all pictures and mirrors from the walls, including drapes, sheers and blinds. For paintings and original art that are valuable, you may wish to hire a special packing service. Call a professional packer or talk to your moving company for rates and options.

Use a wardrobe box for drapes and curtains.  Specialty boxes can be purchased from a moving store or your moving company. Hang the drapes, curtains, and sheers over the crossbar. Remove the curtain rods and place them in the box. If a wardrobe box is not available, carefully fold the drapes and place them in a bureau drawer.

Lamps, Bases, Knick-knacks and Books

It's a good idea to pack all the fragile items next. Removing breakables will allow you to pack the rest of the room without worry. Make sure you use lots of packing material to ensure items are well protected.

Electronics and Accessories

Careful packing is required for all electronics. If you've kept the owner's manual that came with each device, check the section on moving and packing. Also, if you kept the original box, that's pretty much all you need. But if you're like me and have thrown away the boxes, you can always contact the manufacturer to see if they can send you a "return box" - something you would use if the device required servicing.

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  • Speakers: For large speakers, wrap each in anti-static bubble-wrap and ask the moving company to secure padding on top. If you're moving yourself, padding can be rented from moving companies or the truck rental agency. For small speakers, wrap them in anti-static bubble-wrap and place them in a well-protected box such as a dish pack.
  • Find out how to move a big screen TV

Furniture and Rugs

  • TV Cabinet: If your cabinet has glass doors, try to remove them before moving. If this is not possible, secure them well so they don't open during the move. The moving company may want to wrap the cabinet in padding before loading it on the truck.
  • Couches, Chairs, Ottomans and other Upholstered Pieces: The moving company will shrink-wrap any upholstered items to ensure they don't get dirty or stained during the move. Make sure any unattached items, such as cushions and pillows are packed separately in a box. If you're moving yourself, find out how to move your sofa or couch
  • Coffee and End Tables: If items have doors or drawers, make sure they are secured. Corners can be protected from bumps using cardboard protectors available from the moving company or rental agency.
  • Rugs: You may want to have your rugs professionally cleaned before you move them. Roll rugs then secure them with plastic ties, then place them in large, plastic bags. Your moving company or moving supply store can provide you with bags that are large enough to accommodate your rugs. If in doubt, have the moving company pack your more expensive area rugs.
  • Pianos: Pianos need to be moved by a special mover to ensure they aren't damaged during transition. If you're moving yourself, find out how to move a piano without injuring yourself. Also note that once you've moved into your new home, the piano will have to be professionally tuned.