When packing bathroom items prior to relocating, think about the old saying “out of sight, out of mind”. Seriously, how much of the stuff cluttering your bathroom right now could you live without? Several almost-empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel? What about those tired-looking bath towels that no one knows you use–you know, the kind with stray threads fringing the edges and thin spots that could technically be called holes?

OK, So now that you’ve been “bathroom-shamed”, you can start packing up your bathroom stuff with these moving tips:

Begin by throwing away inexpensive items like those demoralizing old towels, empty shampoo bottles, disposable razors that are so dull they couldn’t shave fuzz off a peach and used soap bars. You’ll save yourself a two or three boxes of unnecessary packing and moving just by tossing junk you can replace with a $20 bill. Put one new bottle of shampoo, one new bottle of conditioner and a bar of soap in a large plastic baggie. In a smaller plastic baggie, pack your toothbrush and a new tube of toothpaste. This is all you will need on your first night at your new location so don’t pack them with your other stuff.

Now you’re ready to get down to business:

  • Start packing bathroom decorations and accessories. Use your “good” towels (now that you’ve thrown away your Motel 8 bath towels, right?) to wrap breakables and pad boxes containing bathroom stuff.
  • Put pill bottles in one large ziploc baggie and liquid medicatons in separate baggies. If it has expired, throw it away! This “throw-away” rule also applies to non-prescription medications as well. Once creams and lotions have expired, they lose their effectiveness and may even cause skin irritation.
  • It’s easier to pitch bathroom cleaning supplies than it is to pack them, unless the product has never been opened. If you are moving out of an apartment, just use the last of your Limeaway and Scrubbing Bubbles to clean the bathroom.

Finally, don’t pack aerosol cans (hairsprays and deodorant). If the cans overheat, they could explode in their boxes and make a huge, sticky mess–and messes are something you definitely want to avoid on moving day.