How to pack linens for moving
Alt tag: Pillows, linens, and a small table with a plant near the bed
Moving is not an easy task - it requires lots of time, effort, and good organization. To-do lists should help you with everything relocation-related. When the time comes to cross a "pack linens" task from your packing checklist, breathe a sigh of relief because it's one of the easier tasks. Packing your linens can be a fun and easy process, so keep on reading to find out how and follow our advice to pack them like a pro.
Good preparation is the key when packing linens.
One of the common mistakes that people make is assuming that linens cannot suffer damage during the move, and they don't protect them well enough in the packing process. Have in mind that moisture, mold, and insects can wreak havoc even on the best quality linen and bedding - if they are not properly packed and stored.
Hold off packing linens until the very end of the packing process because you'll continue using a lot of them until your moving day.
First, ensure that all your linens, bedding, and soft goods are perfectly clean before packing. If you pack and protect them adequately, you'll have them safe and ready for later use.
Gather the right packing materials
Plan and buy enough of the right packing materials:
- Large moving boxes - they need to be strong, clean, and dry
- Packing paper- buy soft, blank, acid-free, and ink-free one
- Packing tape
- Plastic bags
- Black marker
- Optional: vacuum storage bags
Attention: Don't make the mistake of using ordinary newspapers instead of packing paper. Newspaper ink can easily damage and permanently stain your delicate linens, and you don't want that.
Pack your linens like a pro
There are a few things you need to be careful about when packing linens and bedding. When reading the following advice, keep in mind that the same advice applies to packing duvets, picnic blanket, drapes, curtains, rugs - almost all other soft items in your home.
When packing your linens and bedding, focus on one bedroom at a time. Keep in mind that bedding can get heavy, so you'll need not only large but also really durable boxes for packing.
Caption: Use large and durable boxes for packing linens.
Alt tag: A man and a woman carrying a cardboard box packed with linens
Ready for some packing magic? Here it comes:
- Line the bottom of each box with clean packing paper and fold packing paper over the top before closing your box. It will create a protective shield against insects and moisture. That's especially important because you won't use the items right away; they will sit there, packed, for a few days (or even weeks) before moving day. Then they'll sit in transport, and then again wait for unpacking, and maybe even spend some time in storage in between. Be mindful of that and ensure some extra time for good packing preparation to avoid possible problems later on.
- For extra protection from dirt and moisture, wrap your linens in plastic bags before packing them in boxes. After you’ve done all the previous steps, seal the box with packing tape and label it according to each bedroom.
- To optimize the space inside your boxes when you pack linens for moving, you'll need to frequently compress the items inside by pressing them down and squeezing out the excess air. Don’t just toss the linens into a box to save time, but carefully fold each item to be as flat as possible. By doing that, you'll make the most out of the space in each box, and you won't waste as many of them.
- It's important to leave enough room at the top of the box to create a tight seal with the tape in the end without items bunching out. If you stuff so many things that the box is "bursting at the seams," it actually can burst at the seams. Moisture and dirt will then do their thing, while the bugs and mold will see it as an open invitation. To avoid all that - don’t overpack the boxes.
For extra space-saving and shrinking, you can use vacuum-storage bags. They can make your linens flat and much easier to pack. They are really cheap, and they will save you a ton of space. Vacuum storage bags are especially useful for packing, moving, and storing bulky items such as pillows, comforters, duvets, and cushions. You can reuse them later for seasonal clothes etc.
Pack pillows along with your linens and bedding in the same boxes.
Caption: You can pack your pillows in the same boxes with linens.
Alt tag: Cozy interior of a bedroom
How to pack towels
Pack towels using the same materials and techniques as for linens and bedding. Although there are many differences between linen towels and cotton towels, you should pack them the same way.
Creative tip: You can use your towels to pad boxes with fragile items (dishware, glassware, porcelain, etc.). Set aside some of them since they can serve as excellent padding for delicate stuff. Remember this fantastic cushioning tip for fragile objects when packing them. Towels will perfectly fit in empty spaces in boxes and prevent shifting and tumbling in transport.
First night in your new home and a box of essentials
When moving, it's imperative to keep the most important items with you. Remember to pack your essentials box, which should include all the things you'll need in the first few hours and days in your new place. It's the box that you'll open first, and it contains items that can help with small emergencies. It would be best if you definitely had easy and quick access to everything necessary first, after the moving: a prepared meal, some snacks, your medication, cleaning supplies, towels, personal hygiene, etc. Consider that box your "survival kit."
Remember to put aside some clean linens, pillows, and towels for the first night in your new home. Clearly label that box and keep it aside - it will make it easier to find. After a long day of moving, you'll be exhausted, and there is nothing that will make you happier than crawling into a cozy bed with fresh and clean linens.
Caption: After a long moving day, you deserve a good night's sleep with clean and fresh linens.
Alt tag: Cozy bed with few home plants near
Ensure good night’s sleep after the long moving day
Fortunately enough, packing your soft items such as linens, blankets, pillows, cushions, comforters, beach towels, and bath towels are amongst the least challenging tasks when packing up your home for relocation. They won't break if you accidentally drop them on the floor. Also, you don't have to worry about finding any of them broken into pieces when you start unpacking them. However, when you pack linens for moving, making sure your bedding and linens arrive in the new place in perfect condition, clean and ready to use is of immense importance. It'll ensure that the first night in your new home goes smoothly and that you finally have a good night's sleep and well-deserved rest after a successful relocation.
Author bio: Briana Wellington is an interior designer with ten years of experience. She is also a family woman, dedicated to her children. Briana writes blog articles about different subjects, mostly related to home improvements and home decorations.