When moving the bedrooms, start by sorting and packing the least used bedrooms first, such as guest rooms or spare rooms. These rooms once packed can also act as a place to store packed boxes and dismantled furniture. Here are the essential eight steps to take to make packing and moving the bedroom easy.
Step One: Sort, Select and Simplify
- Each member of the family can help pack their own 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 own 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.
- You'll should also decide which items of clothing you'll need for the move trip and for the first few nights in your new home. Set these articles aside or pack them in a suitcase for easy storing.
- 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 own closets. It's a great way to give them some independence and decision-making for their own spaces.
- 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.
Step Two: Clothing
- If you have clothes that you don't want to wrinkle, than you may want to purchase wardrobe boxes. A wardrobe box can hold the equivalent of two feet of closet space.
- If you're not concerned about wrinkles, leave clothes on hangers and fold into a medium to 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.
Step Three: Shoes
- Shoes can be left in their boxes then placed in a medium-sized box. Or, if you no longer have the individual boxes, then wrap each shoe in plain newsprint paper then wrap each pair together. Place them in the same box and label accordingly. Don't pack anything heavy on top of shoes. Pillows, soft blankets or other light clothing could be used to top off the box.
Step Four: Jewelry
- Keep jewelry in a secure box, then place in your 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 on the moving van. In fact, most moving companies will not move valuables without proper insurance.
Step Five: 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 easily identify which bedroom the bag belongs to. Also, it provides a nice cushion for stuffing into odd spaces on the truck. Just make sure the bag is sealed.
Step Six: Furniture
- 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".
Step Seven: 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.
Step Eight: 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.