Moving house is a big thing, but it is also a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items. There is no better to time to clean out your closet and give some clothes to charity. We have some great tips for you to pack your clothing for the big move.
Declutter and throw out – Go through your closets and decide what you want to keep and what you can give away. Items that you haven’t worn in the last year should be thrown out. This counts for accessories and shoes. If you haven’t worn them for a while, rather give them to someone who can use them. You can buy new clothes to go with your new chapter.
Wash and dry everything that is going with – You don’t want stinky socks or a sweaty shirt to be packed in a closed box with no ventilation for hours or days. Wash all the clothing items that you’re taking with you and make sure they are all properly dry before you fold and pack them.
Pack similar clothes together – You can categorise your clothing. It doesn’t matter if you put pants together or summer clothes together, but categories will help packing and unpacking.
Use clothes boxes – You can get moving boxes that are specifically designed for clothing. Some boxes have hanging space and others are just sturdy and good for clothes. Use these boxes to help keep your clothes dry and away from possible damage.
Pack economically – There are different methods of packing clothes so they take up very little space. You can get some tips on YouTube videos. You can also vacuum seal your clothes as this also saves space and offers soft padding for breakable items.
Label all boxes clearly – If you’re using separate boxes for clothing, label each box with the correct category. If you are using clothing as padding, make sure to label which items are in the box with the other items.
Pack your shoes separately – Shoes can dirty clothes even when they are new and clean. Pack your shoes separately and alternate them heel to toe. You should also stuff your shoes with paper or balled up socks to help them keep their shape. You can also pack them at the bottom of boxes and separate clothes and shoes through towels or plastic bags. Vacuum-sealed clothes can be packed on top of shoes without any extra covering.
It is important to pack the items you use the most and will need first in your new home, last. We call them high priority items and they should go in the truck once everything else has been packed. This makes it easier for you at the new house. You will have your clothing, kitchen and bath essentials and any other necessities available immediately.