It’s an exciting time in anybody’s life when they are getting ready to move to a new home.
Exciting it may be, but stressful it can also be, especially if this is the first time you have moved house or you have a lot of fragile or expensive items to move. Thinking about how to move these items is enough to give anyone a headache, but one of the things that get moved most often and can face damage is actually your bedding.
Considering that the average human being spends around 26 years in bed, that’s just under 9500 hours, in their lifetime, investing in good bedding is something that many of us will do to ensure that we have a good night’s sleep.
If you are moving house, you’ll want to make sure that your bedding investment moves with you and stays in good condition, especially so that you can put it straight on your bed in your new house and make it feel like home ma as quickly as possible. Here is the best way to pack bedding for moving, and a few do’s and don’ts about moving your bedding that will ensure that your bedding arrives with you in the best condition possible.
The Pillowcase Bag Method
When moving house, no matter how careful you are, something always goes missing. It’s almost like gremlins have stolen things, and you may never find them again, no matter how careful you were with your packing.
If you’re the type of person to really invest in your bedding, you don’t want the thing that goes missing to be one of your matching pillowcases or your bottom sheet! Using the pillowcase method means that you keep all of your bedding sets together in one pillowcase, and this also means that you can see which set it is, and you will rest easy in the knowledge that your sheet duvet cover and pillowcases are all folded up together and ready to go.
Here’s how you do it.
Step one: fold the items to the same size
Grab your bottom sheet duvet cover and four pillowcases (two for a single) and lay them out on the table in front of you. Fold your pillowcases in half crossways and then again in half lengthways, but leave one of the patterned pillowcases to the side.
Next, you’ll want to grab your duvet cover and fold it as much as possible so that it is the same size roughly in the area as your newly folded pillowcases.
If you have a flat sheet, fold this so that it fits neatly on top of your folded duvet cover. If you have a fitted sheet, this may be a little bit more tricky, but there are plenty of videos online on how to fold a fitted sheet perfectly so that it forms a suitable shape for this.
Ensure that whichever one you have fits neatly onto the pile of your three pillowcases and your duvet cover.
Step two: layer the items (except one pillowcase)
Next, layer your bedding so that your bottom pillowcases are on the bottom, followed by one of your top patterned pillowcases, followed by your fitted sheet, and then your duvet cover. The pile of bedding should be neat and of a uniform size. By this point, you should have everything in a neat little pile except for one patterned pillowcase.
Step three: keep the items together in the pillowcase
The next step is to place your three pillowcases, sheet, and your duvet cover pile into your reserved patterned pillowcase, using it as a bag. The items should fit comfortably in half of the pillowcase and allow you to fold the other half around the items creating a rectangular cushion shape.
This is how you can keep all of the set together, allowing you to packet easily as it can now be stacked as a rectangular cushion, a shape that is much easier to pack.
Dos and Don’ts of Packing Bedding
Now that you’ve mastered how to keep everything together in the pillowcase, it’s time to consider a few dos and don’ts about packing your bedding to ensure it arrives at your destination in the very best condition possible.
Do pack more than one set in a box
Most people have at least two or three sets of bedding for each bed in the house, and this is probably the only time in your life where you’re going to need to have all of your bedding off of the beds and packed down inside their pillowcases.
Do make sure that you pack all of the bedding for your whole house in one specific box and mark it down on a label as your bedding, as this will help to keep everything together.
Don’t use newspaper when packing
There are many articles online that suggest using newspaper between your bedding and pillowcases, for example. We would recommend against this as sometimes the ink used on the newspaper can rub off and leave dirty marks on your bedding.
Do use strong and sturdy boxes (or suitcases)
Most people will use their suitcases to pack any remaining clothes in, but suitcases can be a great place to pack all of your bedding as they are easy to squash down and create more space in.
Even if you can’t use a suitcase because your clothes are using it, make sure you use sturdy boxes with handles for your bedding.
Don’t mix up your sets
If you’ve mastered the pillowcase method from above, you will have neat little piles of sets of bedding. It’s absolutely critical that you do not mix up these sets of bedding and especially critical if the bedding sets you have are quite similar.
Do fold your bedding instead of throwing it in a box
Last but not least, in fact probably quite an important tip, do not just throw your bedding into a box and hope that it will be in good condition by the time you get to your destination! Always give your bedding and all of your other items some proper consideration as to where they will be packed and packed in a way that will keep them in the best condition possible.