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Essential Packing List for Moving to Granville Heights Retirement Living Community in Milwaukee, WI


Before you can settle into your new carefree, independent retirement living community in Milwaukee, WI, you need to deal with packing and moving! When planning for moving day, consider going room-by-room to make sure you don’t miss anything. In this blog post, we’ll share the essential packing list of items you need for your journey to Granville Heights.


All apartment homes at Granville Heights Senior Apartments come furnished with major appliances, so you don’t have to worry about moving your refrigerator, stove, and other heavy kitchen appliances. Instead, you’ll need to focus on smaller items such as:

  • Utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishtowels
  • Plates and cups
  • Toaster
  • Blenders or mixers
  • Pantry products

For refrigerated goods, store them in coolers with ice during the move to prevent any spills or contamination. When moving smaller appliances, first remove any loose components, tape the cord to the device, and use paper or bubble wrap to keep them safe during transport.

Dining Room

The dining room table and chairs are likely some of the bulkiest furniture pieces you’ll need to move, so it’s essential to secure them properly in your moving vehicle to prevent accidents and potential damage. If you can, remove the legs from the chairs and place them in moving boxes with the nails/casters in a labeled plastic bag. Next, secure the dining room table by wrapping it in a blanket and placing it in an area where it can’t move around during transport.

Other items you may need to move from the dining room include an area rug and decorations such as lamps, pictures, artwork, and more.

Living Room

The living room likely has some of the most items you need to move in the house. Here are a few tips and suggestions:

  • Secure electronics such as TVs, computers, and screens: use blankets and unscrew the base of the device
  • Pack and secure furniture: remove the legs of couches and chairs to make it easier to maneuver them into your new home
  • Artwork and mirrors: use bubble wrap to handle carefully
  • Pack books, DVDs, and other smaller items in boxes: organize them for easier unpacking


Here’s our list of items to pack from the bedroom:

  • Bed frame and mattress
  • Sheets and pillows
  • Dressers
  • Clothing items
  • Important documents/safe
  • Jewelry items

Granville Heights features walk-in closets in select units, so you’ll find all the space you need for valuables and clothing items!


Bathroom items should be labeled and packed together for easy unpacking once you’ve moved into your new apartment. This includes toiletries, towels, toilet paper, soap, and more.

Laundry Room

Our retirement living community offers easy-to-use coin-operated laundry facilities, so you won’t have to worry about bringing heavy equipment like your washer or dryer with you! Instead, all you’ll need to pack is a laundry basket, laundry detergent, and any other supplies you use.

Garage or Storage Unit 

Since Granville Heights takes care of all maintenance issues for you, many of the tools you store in your garage are no longer needed! However, lawn furniture items may be helpful to keep for your new balcony or patio.

Moving is also an excellent time to consider ways to downsize or declutter your life! For any items you don’t use regularly, look for local charities, thrift shops, or animal shelters where you can donate unwanted items.

If you have any other questions about our retirement living community, contact us today. We’re happy to help you schedule a tour of Granville Heights Senior Apartments, show you floor plans, or talk more about onsite amenities.

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