In a word, everything. Everything that can fit in small clear bags should go in clear bags.

When you’re organizing all of your belongings into boxes, only the big things should go into the boxes without an additional layer of packing. Bags can keep small items together, especially if you need them to stay in sets once you get to your new home. It also stops a layer of debris from falling to the bottom of your boxes and becoming a chore to pick through. If you don’t want to stow everything away in its own packaging, make sure you do it for at least these six things.

1. Silverware

If you move them into a bag, you know they’re clean when you get to the other side. If you also wrap them together, all you have to do is put them back in the drawer.

2. Toiletries

Toiletries leak. Shampoo, toothpaste, and lotion can all coat the box of whatever they’re thrown in with. Whether you’re putting them in a box or packing them in an overnight bag, protect everything else around them.

3. Socks and underthings

Fishing socks and underthings out of a big box can be annoying. If you have small drawers that don’t need a box for themselves, put everything in bags so you can open and dump them later.

4. Everything in your junk drawer


5. Pens, pencils, and office supplies

6. Everything in the drawers of your bedside tables, desks, and tables.

Anytime you’re dealing with miscellaneous items, put them in a bag. Small things will fall down to the bottom, and it’s hard to know if you really meant to keep them.

Sorting things in bags and labelling them lets you just dump the contents into the right spot later.

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