Have you recently made the decision to move to a new house? Then congratulations on the beginning of this new chapter in your life! These are exciting times, but before you can start enjoying this new adventure, you’ll need to complete a few tasks before it can become a reality.
One of these tasks is packing up your belongings. For success and efficiency, you should start with rooms that you don’t use everyday or have non-priority items, such as your garage, attic, storage spaces, or living room. By comparison, your bedroom will probably be the last to be packed since you use it daily. So how do you pack your bedroom? Here are a few tips to make packing your bedroom go smoothly.
Divide up your bedroom into parts
If you have a lot of items in your bedroom, it might seem overwhelming to pack everything. But just as in packing your entire house, where you go through each room one by one, it helps to divide your room into different parts as well.
These parts could be, but are not limited to:
- Closet or wardrobe
- Bedding, linen, and clothing
- Other furniture
Each of these areas will require different packing times and techniques. Dividing up your room like this will make it easy to visualise the smaller tasks involved with packing up your bedroom. Breaking it down will also make it less overwhelming and help you stay focused.
Sort and decide on what you’ll keep
If you’re looking for packing tips online, you’ve probably come across the term “decluttering” so many times that you’ve grown sick of it. But the truth is that decluttering really is important when moving house! Get rid of things that you don’t absolutely need so that you don’t have to pack as much.
Go through your room and categorize your items as Keep, Discard, Sell, or Donate. When you look at an item, ask yourself when was the last time you’ve used it and will you use it at your new home. You’ll need to be very strict in your selections – this is especially important when going through your closet!
Not only will decluttering save you time and hassle when packing, it’ll also reduce your moving costs since movers determine their prices on the volume of your items.
Don’t leave your bed till last
Packing up your bed takes more time than you might think so be sure to allow enough time to do it before you move. You might have to sleep on an air mattress or in sleeping bags during the last few days in your hold house. However, this is all so that you can ensure that your bed is packed and ready for your new place.
Remove the duvet, sheets, pillows, and pillowcases and pack these in their separate bags. Next, remove the mattress and cover it with a polyethylene film for protection. After, dismantle the bed frame.
Keep parts of similar size and shape together, and put all nuts, bolts and screws in a safe, secured, and sealed bag. Also, use bubble wrap to protect any parts you think might need it, such as the headboard. Finally, keep all the bed parts together in 1 or 2 boxes so that setting up your bed is easy.
Use bedding and linen as packing materials
When packing your items, you’ll need certain materials to protect your items in their boxes and bags. However, these packing materials, such as wrapping paper and bubble wrap cost money and aren’t the most environmentally-friendly option. Instead, make use of what you already own.
Your bedding, linen, and clothing are fantastic substitutes. If you have items such as decorative accessories, lamps, and various knick-knacks, use your soft furnishings as protection. This is a great way to both maximise packing efficiency and minimise damage to your prized possessions.
You might think that labelling everything is excessive. However, once you see the stacks of boxes loaded into your removal van, you’ll understand why labels are absolutely necessary. Labels help you keep track of which items are in each box, as well as where they are meant to go.
If you have a lot of items in your bedroom, you’ll need to label the contents of each box. This way, the movers will know where to offlead each box and you’ll have a much easier time unpacking.
Don’t forget to write “FRAGILE” on any box that contains breakable bedroom items, such as lamps, vases, and statuettes. With proper labels, you’ll keep track of the contents of each box. Also, labelling takes almost no time and will help your move go smoothly.