When you think about it, bedrooms contain our most-used possessions—clothes, jewelry, kids’ toys—and they’re where we spend about third of our lives (or more, if you’re a surly teenager).
Packing bedrooms carefully is an important step toward protecting your clothes and bedding from damage. Following these tips from Cento Family Moving & Storage will ensure the safe transport of your most treasured things.
Clothes going into suitcases or boxes should be folded neatly (and all boxes lined with clean, ink-free paper), but packing clothes for a move becomes a lot easier with the use of wardrobe cartons. These boxes are specially designed to store about two feet of clothes while still keeping everything on hangers.
If you aren’t able to get a hold of wardrobe boxes, you can use a clean garbage bag instead. Use the garbage bag to encase your clothes while they are still hanging up in the closet. Tie the top of the bag tightly around the hangers so that the hooks are exposed. Once you complete your move, simply hang the clothes back up and remove the bag!
However, expensive furs should stay with you rather than going on the moving van. Even a little heat and humidity can cause irreparable damage.
Shoe boxes are the best way to transport shoes (no surprise there!), but if you’ve already recycled them, you can pack all your shoes in a large box. Just wrap and cushion them carefully to avoid scuffing the leather or dirtying the canvas. Wrap shoes individually in tissue, then in pairs, and stuff the toes to prevent crushing your nice work shoes. Then, make sure you pack the box with heavier shoes in the bottom and lighter ones on top.
Purses (especially genuine leather purses) can develop wrinkles or creases if crushed over a long period of time. Empty your purses of miscellany; stuff them with clean tissue; then close all zippers, buttons, and hardware. Wrap each bag with more tissue (or use the dust bag, if your purse came with one) and place in a shoe box (optional) then into a large carton. Make sure your purses don’t have too much room to shift around; too much friction can cause ornaments to fall off.
Your old baseball hats are probably okay to be thrown in with the rest of your clothes, but ornamented hats should be treated with care. Stuff the crown and wrap the outside of the hat with clean paper, then place in a box labeled “FRAGILE.” (If you store your hats in hatboxes, you can simply pack your hatboxes in a carton. As with shoes, make sure heavier hats are on the bottom and that only hats go in the box.
For precautionary reasons, jewelry should never be placed on a moving van or packed with other household goods. Keep your jewelry box in your possession or ask your moving company about extra coverage for your valuable items.
If you have a lot of very pricey jewels, consider hiring a third-party armored car service to escort you to your new home. Your diamonds may be expensive, but peace of mind is just as valuable.
One-third of your life is spent sleeping, so take care of your bed and bedding while moving.
If you can, take the bed frame apart ahead of time and keep all hardware in a zip-top plastic bag that’s labeled and taped to the bed frame. Your mattress should be packed in a mattress carton for extra stability or at least wrapped in plastic to prevent stains or rips. Pillows should also be wrapped in plastic and either placed in dresser drawers or used as padding in other boxes.
Take care with expensive or heirloom bedding: store in plastic bags and place in a tissue-lined box. Less valuable linens and sheets can be used as padding for other boxes.
Plan on laundering your bedclothes once you get to your new destination, but if you must wash them beforehand, make sure they are completely dry before going in a box. Mildew can grow quickly.
Packing children’s bedrooms is a lot like cleaning up…which is one reason kids might not want to help. But you can use a few tricks to get them to pitch in and make the job go more quickly.
Follow the above steps to pack kids’ clothes and beds, then ask them which toys they use the most and would like to keep out of boxes. Starting with lesser-used toys will ensure that their favorites are kept in their possession for as long as possible. As you get closer to moving day, let them pick out one or two things to keep in their overnight bag so you don’t have to go digging through the boxes after a long moving day just to rescue someone’s Nintendo DS.
Finally, let your kids decorate the boxes with their stuff in them (after you’ve legibly labeled the sides first). They will have a lot of fun identifying “their boxes” as they’re loaded on and off the truck.
When packing bedrooms, start by tackling guest rooms and other less-frequented rooms first, then ending with the kids’ rooms. (The less time their toys are inaccessible, the better!) This might also be a good time to winnow out your closet and start fresh.