Packing as personal a space as a bedroom for a move is a task most people prefer doing themselves. The idea of strangers (albeit in the garb of professional movers) handling personal items is a bit distasteful to many.
In this blog, we will tell you how to pack your bedroom easily and efficiently.
On the assumption you have used our 3×3 rule to de-clutter your room (especially the closet) we’ll move on to the first step, which is packing away the decorative accents in your bedroom.
Make sure the picture frames, vases and all other breakable items are wrapped in multiple layers of blank newspapers or bubble wrap so nothing is damaged. Put them in cartons with filler items like pillow covers and small cushions. Leave packing of large sized paintings to the professionals – they’ll be the ones liable for any damage to the painting during packing, transport and unpacking.
Put aside three sets of clothes per person, and a basic set of toiletries that’ll be accessible till the last day in the old house and the first day in the new house. Toothbrushes and toothpastes, toilet rolls and deodorants and a towel must always be handy.
Do your laundry regularly before moving so the clothes are transported clean. Empty your closets of all items that need to transported. Garment boxes are ideal for transporting clothes – you can pack them on the hangers and unpack them straight into the new closets – no more mountains of clothes to iron before putting them in! But if you are on a budget, then suitcases do the job stupendously well. Use small or medium sized suitcases for this; larger bags may hold more clothes, but moving them around will be tough.
Next, leave a neutral pair of shoes that’ll go with the clothes left in your closet, and pack all the rest in cardboard boxes. Make sure you stuff the shoes with newspapers to help them keep their shape during transport and don’t over-crowd the boxes.
Cosmetics and toiletries should be packed separately and transported by you, so they don’t get misplaced. You have two options for transporting the items kept inside tables and dressers – transport the dresser as is, with the drawers taped shut so they don’t fall out, or you can remove the drawers and transport the frame on its own.
All cushions and any soft furnishings should be packed in cartons and labeled clearly. Rugs should be thoroughly cleaned and rolled up. Tie the ends and the center with string so they don’t fall open, but not so tightly they leave marks. Any off-season clothes should be packed accordingly so they are not taking up valuable space in the new house. Suitcases packed with winter clothes and scattered with mothballs can be put away in the garage or the attic.
Pack lampshades, bases and bulbs separately and pack them in the same carton so re-assembling is easy and organized.
Books and linen should be packed in like painting. Leave the packing of all electronics to the professionals, who are trained to do this and are liable in case of any damage during transport.
If you’re not a DIY person skilled in taking apart and putting back together large pieces of furniture, ask your moving company to do it for you – they will charge a small amount, but that will be well-worth the cost! If you go the DIY route, dismantle the bulky furniture a few days ahead, and wrap the mattresses in protector sheets. Borrow sleeping bags from a neighbor to spend the last few nights in.
If the movers are doing it, then you can plan to have this furniture taken apart the very day of the move.
In the end, the idea is to start packing early enough so you are not overwhelmed on the last day, and also have an easy time unpacking and putting things in your new home