Tips for Packing Bedding and Linens for a Move

A king-size bed with a night table on each side and white bedding and pillows on it
Little girl wearing her Christmas candy cane dress on a beautiful king size bed!

Packing bedding and linens for a move is one of the most straightforward tasks during the relocation process. However, you still need to be careful. You want your soft goods, regardless of if they’re made of linen, cotton, or satin, to arrive in perfect condition – safe, clean, and ready to use. Don’t worry; we’re here to assist you with this task. We’ve prepared tips that will help you streamline the process and make packing your bedding and linens even easier.

A few tips on organizing a stress-free move

Before we reveal the easiest ways for packing bedding and linens for a move, we’ve prepared five tips to help you organize a smooth relocation:

  • Set a moving budget – Moving can be costly, so you need to analyze all potential expenses and set a realistic budget. As the moving consultants from A2B Moving and Storage suggest, you have to know how much you can spend on your relocation expenses and choose the services you need accordingly.
  • Hire reputable movers – Experienced and reliable movers are crucial to making your relocation as simple and easy as possible.
  • Take your time – Don’t wait until the last minute to start preparing for your move. Instead, take your time and start decluttering and packing ahead of time.
  • Gather packing supplies – Make a list of packing supplies you’ll need and buy them.
  • Pack smart – Make sure to pack in a way that will make unpacking easier. For example, make an inventory and label the boxes.
Little girls jumping on the bed before packing for their move.
Make sure to start planning and organizing your move well in advance. That way, the process will be less stressful for everyone involved.

Packing bedding and linens for a move

Here are our tips for packing bedding and linens in a way that will ensure nothing from your sheet sets to bolsters gets damaged. Also, you’ll find advice on how to make the first night at your new place go more smoothly.

Prepare Yourselves for the Move

Before you start packing your bedclothes and linen, make sure to prepare packing supplies. Get the house ready and your children organized for the move ahead.

Find boxes to pack for the move.
Get your household ready to start your move.

As bedding, blankets, and towels can be used as packing material, it is good to set some of them aside. You can use them as padding for your moving boxes to prevent damage.

Tackle one room at a time

When packing your bedding for a move, you want to be strategic and pack one bedroom at a time. It will help keep you organized. The best way to go is to take out all the bedding and linens you have in one room and place it on the bed. Sort it accordingly, so it’s easier to pack, and don’t forget to label the boxes. It will be that much easier to unpack when you arrive at your new home.

Handle bedding and linens last

beautiful embroidered bed linens and pillows
Organize your pillows and bed linen last because it might come in handy to protect fragile items in boxes.

The best way to go is to hold off packing your bedding and linens and deal with them last. You will be using them until moving day, especially your bedclothes. Also, as have we already mentioned, you can use these items for padding, so you might need them for that reason. Any surplus sheet, towel, or pillow you don’t use daily can be great to fill out empty spaces in the boxes and prevent shifting and potential damage.

Wash bedding and linens and fold them carefully

Before you pack your sheets, covers, and pillows, make sure to wash them first. You also might be tempted to save time by tossing them into a moving box, but try not to do this. Not only will they take up more space this way, but you will also create more work when you move into your new home. Nobody likes crumpled sheets, and even fitted sheets are not difficult to fold and pack! Therefore, carefully fold each item to be as flat as possible. This way, you’ll save space and ensure your bedding and linens are ready to use as soon as you take them out of the moving box.

a little girl's bedroom with embroidered linens
As bedding and linens can be bulky, get your family members to help you fold them and pack.

Use plastic bags to protect linens

As you want to prevent any potential damage from moisture and dirt, make sure to wrap your linens and bedding in plastic bags before placing them into moving boxes. Regular trash bags should do the trick. You can even transfer them in plastic bags and skip boxes. However, boxes offer an extra layer of protection as plastic bags can easily tear, especially during transit. The good idea is to use vacuum bags because they will save you a lot of space.

Set bedding aside for the first night

When you move into your new home, you’ll need clean bedding, pillows, and towels for the first night. For that reason, make sure to put some of them aside for everyone who needs them. Make sure to label each box, so it’s easier for you to find them. You’ll have to admit that it will be nice to crawl into a warm bed with fresh and clean linens after a tiring day of moving. Nothing beats resting your head on a pillow with a freshly washed pillow cover after a long day.

Make an inventory and label everything

The first night box isn’t the only one that needs to be labeled. It will be much easier for you to unpack and find anything you might need. Also, make sure to create an inventory. It will help you keep everything organized and save you from having a meltdown trying to find extra towels or bedding you might need. All you’ll have to do is check your list and find the box with the corresponding label on it.

Good luck with your move!

We hope our tips have made packing bedding and linens for a move easier and quicker for you. Best of luck with your relocation!

How Often Should You Change Everything in your Bedroom?

A bedroom

Even though it seems as though we are always on the go, we actually spend around 1/3 of our lives in bed. Our beds and bedrooms are our sanctuaries. How well or how bad we sleep affects our entire lives – everything from general happiness to emotional and physical health and well-being. So, it goes without saying that we should give this room a lot of love. And, sometimes, that means changing everything inside. But, how often should you change everything in your bedroom? That is a good question! The answer may vary depending on the items in it. Namely, different things have different life spans! With that said, we are here to help you take care of your bedroom and everything you have inside. Keep on reading to find out more.

Pillows 

How often you need to change everything in your bedroom. The National Health Foundation will tell you to change your pillows every two years. Pillow sellers selling all kinds of pillows on the market will tell you to change them every five to ten years. But, if you ask us, we will tell you that you should change your pillows as soon as you notice that they are losing their support and comfort as sleeping on those can be extremely bad for your head, neck, and spine.

Moreover, you should replace your pillows whenever you notice stains or dirt on them. They can be extremely dangerous for people who have allergies or asthma. To prevent all these health risks from happening, our advice is to wash your pillowcases and covers every week, wash your pillows every six months, and change everything every three years.

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Little girls jumping on the bed wearing their white cotton Amelia dress.

Sheets 

We lay directly on our sheets, and because of that, they start to accumulate sweat, oils, dead skin cells, hairs, etc. Of course, all of this can be fixed, and our sheets can look and feel brand new as long as we wash them regularly – once a week. However, we cannot do this forever. Sheets, too, have a life span – around two years. Sheets of greater quality can last even longer if you take care of them properly. But, at the end of the day, how often you should replace your sheets depends on their look – if they look thinned out and scratchy, it is time to buy new ones. Luckily, they are not as expensive as all bedroom items mentioned before, so replacing them should not be a problem.

A woman lounging on her bed
Decorate your bed with embroidered boudoir pillow covers and bolsters to keep you supported and comfortable while lounging in bed.

Blankets 

We love our blankets as they provide us with comfort and warmth! Most people also feel emotionally attached to their blankets because they had them from an early age or because they were a gift from their parents or grandparents. The good news is that blankets do last for a very long time. If you take care of them properly, they can last for decades. To make sure that happens, have them washed professionally at least once a year when you start preparing for the winter months. And, take them out in the sun during summer, as that will remove any bacteria, dirt, or dust from them.

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A good mattress foundation is just as important as your mattress and your PJs. Wearing soft, comfortable pajamas will help. 

Duvets 

Just as blankets, we take out our duvets only during colder months. And, because of that, they tend to last a lot longer than sheets or pillowcases, for example. If there are no stains on your duvet, you can keep using it for up to 20 years. But, using a duvet for that long means that you need to take care of it rightly. Doing this is easy, same as blankets. Wash them professionally before every cold season, air them out once a month (when there is a lot of sun outside preferably), and make sure to always keep them in thick duvet covers. In the end, how often you change everything in your bedroom will depend on how well you take care of your belongings.

Guide to Packing Your Bedroom & Bath Items for Relocation

spacious bedroom

Our bedrooms are our safe havens. They also tend to house many treasured items and closets cluttered with too much stuff. So, packing your bedroom for relocation may feel daunting, especially if you have to deal with a big space. However, there is no need to worry because this guide can help you sort, pack and adequately prepare your bedroom items for moving easily and without too much stress.

The crucial step – declutter your bedroom

Relocation is an excellent opportunity to sort through your items, especially your wardrobe. Leave enough time to get rid of things you no longer need, use, or want. That will make the whole moving process easier, from packing and transportation to unpacking and making your new space tidy from the start. Separate the things you want to keep from those you wish to donate, sell or throw away.

Gather enough packing supplies

If you’ve already sorted and decluttered your stuff, you need to gather enough quality packing supplies. When packing your bedroom for relocation, make sure to have:

  • Enough boxes in a variety of sizes,
  • Mattress covers,
  • Packing tape,
  • Wrapping paper,
  • Shrink-wrap,
  • Paper for writing,
  • Markers and pens,
  • Garbage bags,
  • Cleaning supplies,
  • Tools for disassembling furniture,
  • Moving blankets.

A woman writing down notes while packing for relocation
Quality packing supplies will ensure your items are protected during transport.

Pack methodically

When packing for an easy move, take a systematic approach – start packing guest bedrooms first, and then move on to the master bedroom and kids’ bedrooms.

First, you should pack up the least used items (anything you won’t be using until you’re in the new home). To make things easier for yourself, make a list of everything that goes into each box and label them.

Then, pack frequently used items at the very end and, most importantly – don’t forget to pack an essentials bag. This should be an easy-to-identify bag that will cover the first few days after your move. Include the essential clothing, cozy pajamas, and toiletries.

white cotton jacaranda living nightgown
Packing your essentials like your nightgowns and PJs!

If you want to choose the best technique for packing various bedroom items, consider the following advice:

Wardrobe

Before you pack up your closet, make sure that all your clothes are clean. You probably won’t have enough time to do laundry right after moving. Leave some of your t-shirts as padding to protect your belongings.

Pack your clothing easily by simply placing them in wardrobe boxes. Leave them on the hanger and just quickly transfer them to a closet in your new home when unpacking your bedroom.

You can leave clothing you keep in drawers right there. Just remove the drawer from your dresser, then secure it with wrapping paper and tape.

Clothes inside a wardrobe
When packing your bedroom for relocation, declutter your wardrobe and use the right techniques for easy unpacking.

Accessories

If you have any expensive jewelry or other accessories, make sure to pack them in jewelry boxes, secured boxes with compartments, or small cosmetic bags. Then you can group them into one larger bag and place it safely into your car. Have them close by during the moving day to avoid your most valuable items being misplaced, stolen, or lost.

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Packing your accessories into small cosmetic bags to keep things organized when moving!

packing your slippers
Can’t forget your slippers and bath item essentials!

It would be best if you left your shoes and comfy slippers inside of their original boxes. If you tossed out the original boxes, wrap your shoes in paper and tape them together, or place them in a bag. Just make sure they are not at the bottom where they can be crushed or damaged.

Bedroom furniture

When packing your bedroom for relocation, disassemble anything that can be taken apart. You should put any screws, nuts, and bolts into a bag, label it, and attach it to part of the furniture they belong.

Furniture surfaces should be covered with paper or shrink-wrap as protection from scratches. Larger pieces of furniture can be covered with moving blankets. Wrap furniture legs with leg protectors.

Before packing your rugs, vacuum them and roll them up. Then, secure them with packing tape. You can cover them with shrink-wrap or an old sheet as a layer of extra protection.

To easily pack especially delicate lamps, remove the shades and light bulbs. Wrap the lamp’s base in shrink wrap and cushion it with packing material to prevent shifting in the box. Pack the shade in a separate box, wrapped in paper so that it doesn’t get crushed or torn during transport.

Blankets, linens, and pillows

embroidered pillows on a child's bed
Wrap your pillows up and use them to protect fragile items when packing.

You can start packing all blankets, sheets, pillows, and pillow covers you won’t need before your move. Leave some blankets and sheets to use as padding for fragile and delicate items. Place your mattress into a mattress bag or box, and it will stay clean and protected.

If you’re renting a storage unit for your belongings, it’s essential to take proper care of your linen. Adequately storing linen, clothing and bedding is vital if you want it to stay safe and clean until you move into your new home. Avoid plastic boxes and plastic bags when packing and storing your fine linens because they can easily retain moisture become moldy. It might be a good idea to place them in a suitcase, breathable containers made of natural materials, or special fabric storage bags.

A woman packing boxes in her bedroom
Be especially careful when packing your linens for storage.

The bottom line

We hope that this guide to packing your bedroom for relocation will help you speed up the process and decrease stress. Good luck!

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Everyone has fitted sheets at home and at the end of the day we all need to know how to fold our fitted sheets. We all use a fitted sheet for their elastic corners, which keep the sheet perfectly neat on the mattress. But, even though a fitted sheet is exceptionally convenient, it becomes a nuisance once we have to fold it. Whatever we do, the folding process always ends up messy, and the sheet is still crumpled, wrinkled, and all over the place.

However, we are here to tell you that folding your fitted sheets does not have to be a frustration anymore! We have figured out a way to do it neatly and quickly. Here are some tips and tricks on how to fold a fitted sheet and some advice on packing and maintaining it for later on.

The Rules of Folding a Fitted Sheet

Let us begin by saying that there are many types of fitted sheets – single, twin, queen, king, etc. There are also various materials fitted sheets can be made of -silk, cotton, Supima, etc. The good news is that whatever type of fitted sheet you have, our folding rules always remain the same. So, here are the steps that work every time:

Step #1

Make sure you have a clean (decluttered) surface to work on. It would be best to use a big table, for example. If you do not have a table big enough, feel free to use a mattress or even the floor. Once you have decided where this activity will take place, take your fitted sheet, put it on that clean surface, and be sure that the corners are folded up! If the sheet still looks messy at this point, do not worry; we will fix it in the next step.

Step #2

Now, it is time for folding. You should take one side of your sheet and fold it to the side, so the seams of the corner create an entirely new corner. Once you do this, your sheet is supposed to get an L-shaped fold that is running precisely along the two edges you created previously. Moreover, be sure that the elastic is on the inside of the fold.

Step #3

If you want your sheet to be nicely folded, you are probably doing that for two reasons – to make it look neat and to make more room for your belongings in your closet or wherever you plan on putting it. So, to do that, after finishing the two previously mentioned steps, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles. You can do that with your hands. Just run your hands over the entire sheet and smooth out all the surfaces, including the new creases you made when folding it.

beautiful and nicely folded bed sheets
Once you learn how to fold a fitted sheet, they will never look messy again.

Step #4

Once there are no wrinkles, you should fold the sheet into thirds vertically. First, take one (top) third of your sheet and fold it down, so the corners are tucked in. Smooth it out again with your hands. Then, take the other (bottom) part of your sheet and fold it up. You should end up with a long, thin rectangle sheet whose all corners and elastics are completely hidden inside the sheet.

Step #5

If you own a single or a twin fitted sheet, the previous four steps will do the folding trick. However, if you own a queen fitted sheet or even a king fitted sheet, you might need to do some more folding. Take that rectangle you made in the previous step, and fold it into a square once (if it is a queen sheet) or twice (if it is a king sheet) more.

A man trying to fold a fitted sheet.
When you learn how to fold a fitted sheet, it won’t be a nightmare any more

Traveling or Moving? Here is How to Pack Your Fitted Sheet

In case you are one of those people who, when traveling, like to bring their own sheets and pillow-cases, we got you covered. We guarantee that your fitted sheet will be folded nicely and in a way that it takes as little room as possible by following the previously mentioned steps.

However, if you are worried about how to move and pack the entire bedroom with ease, we got you covered too! When you pack your sheets (and other things like covers, duvets, blankets, pillow-cases, etc.), just make sure to fold them as neatly as possible. Then, once folded, wrap them in plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will keep them fresh and away from any potential stains. You can pack your sheets into boxes or just (once wrapped) place them over some other things in your moving truck.

wrinkled sheets
Whether you are traveling or moving, never pack wrinkled sheets!

Taking Care of Your Fitted Sheet

Let us not forget one thing – if you want your fitted sheets to remain clean, fresh, and neat, you must take care of them. Luckily, that is a breeze. All you have to do is toss your sheet into a washing machine. However, as tempting as it sounds to collect all your sheets together with other items like towels, blankets, cotton nightgowns, etc., do not do it! The lint from other fabrics will stay on your sheets. Thus, wash them separately! Also, when washing, add some fabric softener. If you can find one that is plant-based, your fitted sheet will come out of the washing machine brand new.

And, when it comes to drying your sheets, you have two options – take them outside or put them in a dryer. The first option will not work for everybody as we do not all have balconies and yards, nor do we all live in sunny areas. So, let us go for the second option – place your sheets in a dryer, but not at a high temperature. In the end, just ask yourself – to iron or not to iron? That depends on you! Iron your sheets if you like them to be crisp. If you do not care, do not bother ironing them at all. After you have learned to fold a fitted sheet, it may even not be necessary.

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