Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some pro tips to make packing your belongings easier especially if you’re considering of placing them in a self-storage facility. This week, we’ll be covering simple bedroom tips to help you pack and move your bedroom objects.
Sort out your bedroom
This step may be easy or difficult particularly if you don’t know what to pack, the solution is to perform a quick audit. Organise the items you want to keep and discard, but how do you decide what to keep? Simple, ask yourself this question: “Does this object bring you joy?”
Yes, the famous question coined by decluttering guru, Marie Kondo. This question is perfect and makes choosing the items you want to keep easy, why? Well, if you go through each item on your bedroom, ask yourself this question and if you answer ‘yes’, then it might be an item that is of sentimental value, brings your comfort or is something you use regularly, meaning it’s worth keeping.
Now that you’ve sorted which items to keep and which to discard, separate them into two files and place them into different sides of the room ready for the next step!
Get the right packing materials
Some may argue that is the first step, but we disagree. Purchasing packing materials after you’ve sorted out your belongings can save you money, as you don’t need to purchase too many cartons, packing papers and bubble wrap. Packing materials to purchase include:
- Packing cartons in different sizes. Remember to purchase a Port-a-Robe to make packing your suits and dresses easier.
- Packing paper and bubble wrap to wrap fragile items
- Packing tape and dispenser
- Scissors or Stanley knife
- Black and red markers
- Fragile tape (optional)
Many of these items are available at our Box Shop.
Prepack bedroom items
If you’d like to pack even quicker and think that you need pack more than once a year, you should consider prepacking your bedroom items. For example, if you’re packing or moving during summer then you can prepack your winter items. This speeds up the packing process and will help you save space at your new place. Make sure you label these cartons properly to make it easier to find them when the season comes around.
Packing your clothes
We’ll be dedicating and publishing a whole article on how to pack your clothes shortly, so only the most important tips will be included in this article.
If you don’t want your clothes to be wrinkled or damaged, make sure you pack them right, you can do this by:
- Using clean cartons only – don’t use carton that have been used to store food
- Don’t use plastic bags – plastic bags trap moisture leading to mould and mildew
- Wash and fold your clothes
- Use the correct packing carton such as a Port-A-Robe for your suits and dresses
- Don’t vacuum pack – some fabric needs to breathe, and vacuuming can lead to damages
- Keep pest out – let’s face it, mothballs smell terrible, so invest in cedar balls instead
Packing bedroom furniture
The most important step when storing bedroom furniture is disassembly. It’ll not only save you space in your container, but it’ll protect them from them damages as well. Make sure you wrap smaller items in bubble wrap and larger items in old blankets or protective packing covers. For your mattress, invest in a mattress cover as it’ll protect your mattress from any environmental damages, will prevent pests and ensure that your mattress stays in tip-top shape during storage. If the idea of disassembly and packing sounds strenuous, ask Smartbox about our Packing and Loading Service. Our experts will ensure your items are packed and protected during storage.
How to pack your TV and books
If you have a TV in your bedroom, then it makes sense that you want to keep it safe when moving or storage. If you’ve kept the original packing, then feel free to use that, just ensure that you check the box for any damages or holes. Otherwise, use a sturdy carton with plenty of padding and cushioning materials such as crumpled packing paper, then seal the bottom and top with packing tape, and fill any crevices with more crumpled packing paper to limit movement and vibration.
Books and other small items
First things first, ensure that you use sturdy cartons and to seal the bottom with packing tape to prevent your valuables from spilling out. Other key tips include:
- Reserve the bottom of the box for heavier books or items, with lighter objects on top
- Place the books flat and not with the spine facing upwards, this will damage the binding
- Pack books of the same size
- Where relevant, wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap
- Fill any gaps with more crumpled packing paper
- Place a final layer of packing paper or bubble warp for more protection
- Seal and label the box with your name and a brief description of the contents
- Keep the maximum weight around 15kg to make it easier to transport and for safety reasons
- Always bend from the knees and not from your hips
Smartbox, the smart mobile self-storage solution
If you’ve realised that you need additional space, contact Smartbox for our on-demand, convenient and secure storage solution. Smartbox can be used as a furniture storage to stow large items such as your mattress, cabinets and wardrobes. We understand that attaining self-storage price can be time consuming, so we made this easier with our Instant Quote feature as well as our Smartbox Size Calculator to ensure that you only pay for the space you use and need. So, if you’ve ever wondered “what self-storage solution is near me” or “how much moving boxes near me cost”, then simply fill in our forms and we’ll provide you with a quote instantly.