Packing when moving house can be a tricky and intimidating business and it is always best to start the process early to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Especially if you have a large collection of clothes then it can be tempting to put packing your wardrobe on hold. However, with a little planning and work you can make the process less tiring and more methodical, so that by the time you actually move your wardrobe will be organised and ready for the moving process.
This is a good opportunity to get rid of clothes that no longer have a place in your wardrobe. Be brutal and only keep those items that you genuinely wear and enjoy. Put sentimentality aside where possible and get rid of clothes that no longer suit your aesthetic. Try a home organiser to help you with the process of purging your wardrobe. This will help you pack only the clothes you really need which makes life easier. You can sell or donate the discarded clothes. Next, you can start sorting clothes seasonally and immediately pack away the out of season clothes, such as winter coats if you are moving during summer. At the same time if you have laundry that needs to be done sort that out so your clothes will be fresh for packing.
Next put aside a few essential clothes that you can wear during the moving period so that everything else can be packed. Create an essentials bag for the duration of the move so that you have everything you will need in one place.
Moving boxes and containers
Depending on how far you are moving and how long your clothes will have to remain packed source moving boxes and containers that will keep you clothes safe and secure. You may need packing materials like bubble wrap to keep items such as handbags safe during the move. If you have hanging clothes that cannot be folded or kept folded for long durations look at hiring wardrobe boxes that will make storing them easier and help them retain their good condition. For other clothes cardboard boxes and trash bags are suitable unless you plan on keeping the clothes packed for a long period of time. Then proper garment bags instead of trash bags and moving boxes instead of cardboard will keep your clothes fresh and safe.
As you did with the seasonal clothing it is good to sort items separately to avoid damage. Coasts, shoes, bags and accessories should be packed separately and with care so that they do not come to harm during the move. You could use a suitcase or plastic moving box and place them between old soft bulky clothes or linen to keep the items safe. While it might seem like a good idea do not pack shoes or handbags with your clothes because they can snag and cause damage.
Research online for the best ways to fold clothing when you pack clothes for moving. This will help you save space so that you can safely pack more into the boxes reducing the amount of moving boxes that need to be transported. A popular fold is the military rolling method. As the name suggests it involved rolling clothes tightly into compact bundles and it suitable for casual clothing such as jeans, shorts and t-shirts. Lay your garment flat and smooth out any wrinkles and then roll tightly from the bottom to the top. If it a t-shirt or a shirt fold the sleeves in first and then roll.
Before you start packing, take an inventory of all the items to ensure that nothing gets left behind or if anything is misplaced you will know immediately and not weeks later when you finally get around to unpacking.
Delicate items like your belts, handbags and shoes should be wrapped in tissue paper and/or bubble wrap to prevent damage during the move. Soft individual drawstring bags are also suitable. Stuff handbags and shoes with newspapers so that they can retain their shape. If you have the original boxes it would the best for shoes but if not moving boxes would be next best option for both shoes and handbags.
Vacuum sealed or compression bags are a great way to save space especially when packing bulky clothes such as coats and sweaters. They compress the clothes, so they take up less space when packing.
Always clearly label packed boxes with items included and the room it should be taken to so that it is less chaotic when it comes time to unpack. This way you can prioritise which boxes to unpack first so that you do not end up just making a mess by opening all the boxes at once.
Consider hiring a professional moving company to help move clothes because it will make the process so much smoother. They will not only have the manpower to move the packed boxes, but they will also have the correct vehicles for transport which solves logistical issues. If you are overwhelmed or pressed for time you could even hire professional organising who will follow your requirements but handle the organising and packing for you. This will completely take the stress of the task and leave you free to manage other areas of the move that probably require your attention. Your items will be unloaded at your new premises and if you have labelled them, then they will also be placed in the correct rooms for further convenience.
Using the suggestions here you will be able to organise and manage your wardrobe for a hassle free move and relocation. Getting your clothes packed and ready for the move is quite a large task when it comes to moving so starting early if possible and being methodical will help you complete the task with minimum worry. Anything you can do to make a move less stressful should be adopted, such as getting professional help to minimise the risk of potential mishaps. They will have the experience and experts on hand to coordinate your move smoothly which will make your move a less hectic experience.