Every room in the home has its own challenges when it comes to packing. Compared with the kitchen, bathroom or garage, the bedroom may seem easy to pack but what about moving mattresses, mirrors and expensive jewelry?
This guide has plenty of tips to help you breeze through your bedroom packing schedule. Many people also combine their bedroom as a study so this guide also covers items you might find in a study room (desks, computers, books, etc.)
Clothes can suffer badly during a move and even if they arrive in good condition, you may have to spend a week ironing your entire wardrobe to get out all the wrinkles.
There are two methods you can use to save yourself this hassle. The first (which we recommend) is to invest in two or more wardrobe boxes. These include an inbuilt rail so you can simply transfer your clothes from your closet and into the boxes (the more boxes, the fewer wrinkles!)
A cut price alternative is to use a trash bag. Make a small hole in the bottom and guide the hanger hooks through it. You can then tie the bottom of the bag around your clothes, fold them carefully and pack into a paper-lined box.
Bedding, Rugs and Curtains
You will want to start your new home life with clean bedding so make sure you wash and dry it all in time for the journey. Bedding can be simply folded into plastic bags and placed into large boxes. Pillows can also go into large boxes or even inside an empty dresser drawer.
If your rugs are due a clean, you can save yourself the effort of packing them by sending them to a professional cleaners. You should receive a freshly cleaned rug nicely rolled and wrapped for the journey.
It should go without saying that expensive jewelry should travel with you personally. If any pieces are particularly valuable, you should consider using a third party service to ensure they are delivered safely. Cheaper pieces can be placed into anything from egg boxes to sunglasses cases. Toilet rolls are a popular way to transport necklaces without them getting tangled up.
Specialist mirror boxes should be used to avoid causing damage during transit. As an extra layer of protection, use masking tape to make an ‘x’ shape cover over the glass. If you own any particularly heavy mirrors, a specialist crating service might be a better option.
Unless you intend to carry them with you, aerosols and other kinds of spray should be safely disposed of before you travel – you won’t be able to put them on a movers’ truck. You should also check your other toiletries against your removal company’s exclusion list in case they are not permitted.
Here’s a neat tip for avoiding spillages. Take the cap off the bottle or tube, wrap the whole container in a plastic bag and then replace the cap.
Finally, if the bedroom owner uses their room as a study, they will likely have electrical equipment (PC, printer, etc.) to pack as well as books, a desk and even a swivel chair.
Books should always be packed either flat or with spines at the bottom. Valuable, delicate or important books should be wrapped separately before packing.
Before packing a PC, take a backup of any important data just in case. Next, take a photograph of the cabling so you will know exactly how it all plugs back in at the other end.
When packing electrical items, follow the manufacturers’ instructions and use the original box if possible. If you are unable to do this, use anti-static bubble wrap and add extra padding inside the moving carton to prevent unwanted movement.
If furniture needs to be disassembled (and you don’t have the instructions), draw a diagram as you take it apart and stick labels on the furniture to help you know which pieces go where. Last of all, gather all screws, nuts and bolts together, put them in a Ziploc bag (with your diagrams/instructions) and tape this to the underside of the furniture.
Following the above procedure may take a little more thought than piling everything into random boxes but there will be less of a chance of any unpleasant surprises at the other end.