Moving is a pain. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, it’s hard to pack everything you own in as little space as possible!
But when it comes to quilts and blankets, there are special considerations that make them more difficult than other items. They’re large, they’re heavy, and they can be awkward to maneuver.
So what do you actually do? How to pack quilts for moving?
Well, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you get it done right! Let’s get to work!
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How To Pack Quilts For Moving The Right Way
Moving is a huge undertaking, and packing your quilts can be a challenge.
However, with the right supplies and a little knowledge about how to pack quilts, you’ll have your quilt safe and sound in no time.
So, here’s what you’ll need:
- Cardboard moving boxes
- Packing tape
- A Marker
- Vacuum-sealed bags
- Packing paper
Now that you know what you need, let’s get to packing!
Step 1: Prepare Your Quilts
Quilts are made of many layers of fabric, which means that when you’re storing them for any length of time, you should make sure they’re folded carefully. If you just stuff the quilts into boxes haphazardly, they’re likely to wrinkle and pick up creases from being crushed against other items in the box.
A better option is to fold your quilts flat on top of one another so they can be stacked neatly and stored easily until you need them again.
You’ll also want to ensure that your quilts are dry before folding them up so that they don’t get moldy or mildewed while waiting for you to use them.
Moreover, you’ll need to keep your hands clean! Any dirt or oil on your hands could rub off onto the quilt’s fabric and cause damage over time (especially if it’s made from wool or silk).
Step 2: Place Them Inside the Bags
The best way to pack a quilt is inside a vacuum-sealed bag. These bags are made of thick plastic, and they are designed to be sealed with a vacuum cleaner.
As you seal the bag, the air is forced out of the bag, and there is almost no room for any other type of material to move around in your box.
These bags work great for quilts because they protect them from dirt, dust, and moisture — all things that can damage your quilts over time.
If you can’t find these bags in a local store, you can buy them online. They come in many different sizes and shapes, so make sure to choose one that’s large enough for your quilts!
Step 3: Place the Quilts in Boxes and Label Them
Once you’ve folded and sealed your quilts, it’s time to put them in boxes! First, make sure that each box is sturdy enough to hold the weight of what you’re putting inside it.
Moreover, if you have any tears or holes in the cardboard or if the box is bent out of shape, it might not support your quilts.
Now, before you place the quilts inside the box, wrap each one with packing paper. This will protect them from getting dirty while they’re being moved around by movers or delivery people.
Once you’re done, put all your items inside the box, tape it up tightly, and finally, label everything clearly. This will help the movers know what goes where and make the whole moving process much smoother.
Packing Tips: How To Pack More For Less
Moving is stressful—we know.
Moreover, we also know that you’re probably not looking forward to packing your belongings and getting them ready for the move. And that’s okay!
If you want to make it a little less painful, here are some of our favorite tips for packing:
1. Take Inventory of Everything You Own
Taking inventory of your possessions can help you in two ways: firstly, it’ll give you an accurate picture of what you have and what needs to be moved with you. This will save you from having to guess at how many boxes or bins you need and from bringing more than is necessary.
Secondly, it’ll provide a great sense of relief when all your belongings are accounted for and organized neatly into boxes—making the process that much smoother.
So how do you go about taking inventory? It’s actually pretty simple: start by making a list of everything that needs to be moved (this includes clothing, furniture, electronics, and kitchenware).
Then, take a picture of each room and write down what’s supposed to be in that room. For instance, take a picture of the living room and write down what’s supposed to be in that room that you own (e.g., furniture, decorations).
After that, you can begin to pack.
2. Start Small
Yes, we all want to get right into the big stuff—but starting with small things will help prevent any injuries or accidents along the way.
It also helps build momentum as you go along. So, instead of tackling those big items first thing in the morning (when everyone’s most likely feeling cranky!), start with something simple like socks and shoes.
Then, work yourself up to bigger items like furniture or appliances later in the day when everyone feels more energetic.
3. Get Creative With Space
It’s really important to think about how you can use every inch of available space in your box. For example, you’ll need extra room for packing materials like bubble wrap or peanuts (or both).
However, if you use up all the space in the box with those materials, then that leaves nothing for your packages!
So what can you do? Well, try getting creative with space—you don’t necessarily have to fill everything up front-to-back and side-to-side with packing material.
Instead, think about creating layers with the peanuts or wrapping paper. Moreover, pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.
This will help prevent shifting during transport, which can cause damage to fragile items like glassware or china.
There you have it! Now you know how to pack your quilts for moving. Remember: use boxes that are the right size; don’t overstuff them, and make sure they’re sturdy enough to hold your quilts.
Plus, don’t forget to label each box clearly with its contents and destination address. That way, the movers can easily move your things without mixing them up with anyone else’s stuff.
Now go forth, and pack those quilts!