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How To Pack A Bedroom

Items need to be packed and protect to travel cross country

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How To Pack A Bedroom

If your bedroom reflects minimalism, packing it up should be relatively easy and quick. However, some bedrooms are a space in which we store the things we love and admire “collectibles” clothes, shoes, perfumes, colognes, jewelry, books and art. The things that are important to us.

If you have more than one bedroom in the house, begin by organizing and emptying the ones least used. This could be the guest or spare rooms.

Packing Materials

Make sure to have plenty of packing supplies before you begin. You will need an assortment of different sized boxes including:

  • Small boxes (16 x 12 x 12) – for books and small heavier items.
  • Medium boxes (18 x 18 x 16) – for packing clothing.
  • Large boxes (18 x 18 x 24) – for packing larger items of clothing and bedding.
  • Wardrobe boxes – for moving, storing and shipping clothes on hangers. Can also be used to move items such as: sporting equipment, lamp bases, and much more.
  • Unprinted news wrap
  • Ziploc bags or plastic bags (variety of sizes)– these can be used to protect special clothing items and larger bags can be used for bedding and drapery.
  • Packing/Sealing Tape
  • Marker labels
  • Bubble wrap
  • Blankets (or furniture pads) – For Do it yourself moves. If hiring a moving company, these will be supplied.


Prepare some items of clothing and shoes that you will include in your essentials box. This box will either stay with you for the duration of the move, or be delivered along with everything else.

Clothing And Jewelry

  • Before you begin packing, sort through what you want to keep, discard, sell or donate. A good place to start might be the closets and drawers. These areas tend to collect, and it’s a good opportunity to minimize and see everything you have. Once you have decided what to get rid of, place them in separate bags or bins and remove them from the room.
  • Begin packing the clothes you don’t wear regularly. Clothing items that are normally hung in your closets can be transferred directly to wardrobe boxes. This saves time. One wardrobe box will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers.
  • For all other clothes, use a combination of medium and large boxes. Smaller pieces of clothing, such as tops, pants and skirts can be placed into medium boxes. Bulkier items, such as woolens and jackets can be packed into large boxes.
  • Shoes can be placed at the base of wardrobe boxes or packed in medium sized boxes. If you keep your shoes protected in their original shoe box, just place them directly into the packing box. If packing shoes as they are, you can wrap them in paper or use a piece of clothing for added protection. Using shoe trees can preserve their shape if loosely placed in boxes.
  • Hats need to be packed carefully. If they are currently stored in specialty hatboxes, leave them in these boxes and place in large enough packing boxes. If you place more than one hatbox in a packing box, make sure the heavier hat is at the bottom. The same if you are packing hats without hatboxes, heavier hats at the bottom. These hats should be stuffed and wrapped loosely with tissue paper and gently placed in lined boxes. No other items should be placed in these boxes and they should be marked “FRAGILE”.
  • Jewelry should remain with you at all times throughout the moving process. Do not pack it with your household items. If you are a collector or have high value jewelry items, using a third party service to transport these items may be something to consider. FedEx, among other companies has a jewelry shipping program.

Bedroom Décor

  • If you have a pile of books on your night stand that you intend to read, or are in the process of reading, either pack them with all your other books in the house, or pack separately with additional bedroom items, such as photo frames, small pictures and trinkets. Remember, books should be packed in small boxes.
  • Glass mirrors will require special cartons. For heavier mirrors, custom crating is recommended. If you are hiring a moving company to transport your household items, they can provide this service.
  • Large pieces of artwork should be packed separately using specialty boxes.

Linens And Draperies

Your bedding and drapes are susceptible to moisture, mold and insects. Make sure to pack them securely to minimize any exposure prior to unpacking.

  • Fold clean bedding and pack into plastic bags. They can then be placed into packing boxes.
  • Using a special mattress cover to protect your mattress is a good idea for the duration of the move. Since mattress covers can tear, it is also recommend boxing it in a mattress box after wrapping it in the cover.
  • Pack pillows in plastic bags, then place into packing boxes.
  • If you have drapes or curtains, they should be cleaned prior to being packed. Place them in plastic bags for protection, then place in packing boxes. You can also pack your draperies in wardrobe boxes. Fold lengthwise and place them over a padded hanger, and pin them in place.

Bedroom Furniture

Once all the smaller items have been packed, it is time to focus on the larger furniture items. If you are hiring a moving company, they will take care of all the basic disassembling and moving of the furniture.

If you are moving yourself or are able to easily dismantle your bedroom furniture, make sure to keep all the screws, nuts, bolts and any small tools together and label which item of furniture it belongs to. Whichever box you pack these into, make sure to write that they are in that box, either on the outside or on your box count inventory.

With everything so clean and organized, this just might be the first room to get unpacked!

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