How to Pack Bedding for Moving

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When moving the bedrooms, start by sorting and packing the least used bedrooms first, such as guest rooms or spare rooms. These rooms can also be the place to store packed boxes and dismantled furniture. Here are the essential eight steps to take to make packing and moving the bedroom easy.

1. Get Every Family Member to Sort, Select and Simplify

Each member of the family can help pack their rooms. Kids can help by sorting out their closets, toy bins and dressers, making piles of what to keep and what to donate or sell. Also, have children decide what they want to move with them in their essentials box. It's a good idea to have children decorate their essentials box, explaining to them that this box can contain things they'll need during the trip and for the first night in the new home.

Sorting should begin with the closets. Check out the step-by-step guide to packing the closet, and you'll be amazed at just how easy it is. Again, children can help sort and pack their closets. It's a great way to give them some independence and decision-making for their spaces and get them involved in the move.

Next, tackle the dressers, desk drawers, and any other hiding spaces. Pack the clothing to give away or sell into garbage bags and label them appropriately.

2. Now Pack Your Clothes

If you have clothes that you don't want to wrinkle, then you may want to purchase wardrobe boxes. A wardrobe box can hold about two feet of closet space.

If you're not concerned about wrinkles, leave clothes on hangers and fold into a medium to a large-sized box that has been lined with plain paper.

Clothes from drawers can be folded and packed into medium-sized boxes. Label appropriately and make sure the boxes aren't too heavy to move.

3. Organize and Pack Shoes

Shoes can be left in their boxes then placed in a medium-sized box. Or, if you no longer have the individual boxes, wrap each shoe in plain newsprint paper then wrap each pair together. Place them in the same box and label. Don't pack anything heavy on top of shoes. Pillows, soft blankets or other light clothing could be used to top off the box.

4. How to Pack Jewelry

Keep jewelry in a secure box, then place in the valuable box that you can take with you when you move. The valuable box should be small enough to carry with you. Don't pack valuables in the moving van. In fact, most moving companies will not move valuables without enough insurance.

5. Pack Bedding, Linens and Pillows

Pack linens, sheets, and pillows in a clear plastic garbage bag - the kind used for leaves. It's a great way to identify to which bedroom the bag belongs. Also, it provides a nice cushion for stuffing into odd spaces on the truck. Just make sure the bag is sealed.

6. Get Furniture Ready to Move

Check out the step-by-step guide to packing furniture. Mattresses should be wrapped in a mattress bag and box (purchase from your mover or moving store) and stored against a wall.

Dresser drawers can either be emptied or left and sealed closed. Just make sure it's light enough for two people to carry and move. Pack items on top of dressers in tissue and place in a small box. If there are any liquids, pack these items with the bathroom box or carefully pack it in bubble wrap and label the box "fragile."

7. Pack Mirrors, Pictures, and Frames

Go to the step-by-step guide to packing pictures and frames. Mirrors should be packed in special cartons that can be purchased from your moving company or a moving/box store. Make sure the box will carry the weight of the mirror; if not, ask your mover about having the mirror crated.

8. Window Treatments, Drapes, Curtains and Blinds

To keep drapes, curtains and especially blinds wrinkle and tangle-free, hang them in a wardrobe box along with any clothing from the closet. If you don't have a wardrobe box, simply, fold the drapery in plain paper then pack them in a medium-sized box.

Plan to clean drapes and curtains after the move. Proper cleaning will remove any stains and wrinkles.