Multi-colored clothes hangers in packed closet

Packing Your Closet For A Move

Moving Tips

When it comes to moving there are many things that you need to do to prepare yourself for the move. A good place to start is with your closet. Closets tend to attract some clutter, and can even become the resting spot of unused items. These items can accumulate over time, and can make packing take some extra time. Even a walk-in closet can seem spacious but once you start to pull everything out to pack it will often become apparent that there is much more than meets the eye. Moving is a great time to go through your belongings as well and get rid of items that you do not need, use, or want anymore. If you are moving to a smaller home or apartment, you will need to downsize in order to live a chaos-free life once you get settled into your new home.

Decide What to Keep

Since you have to pull everything out in order to pack, you might as well go through it all and see if there is anything that you can get rid of. Sort items into different piles to help you stay organized. Have a pile for what you want to keep and another pile for the items that you want to get rid of or sell. If you are certain that you want to keep everything you can skip this step and move onto the packing part.

Pack Clothing Properly

There are several options for how to pack clothing from your closet:

  • Use clean garbage bags. This is one of the most inexpensive methods for transporting clothing. Simply fold your clothes (still on the hangers) and stack your clothing in the bags so that the hangers don’t poke through the bags. This helps keep your clothing wrinkle-free and ready to hang when you reach your destination.
  • Use travel bags. Using suitcases or backpacks you already own can also be a great way to store clothes. Travel bags are already made to accommodate clothing, and are usually made to be easily carried.
  • Use wardrobe boxes. Wardrobe boxes are ones specifically designed to carry clothing. These boxes will keep clothing in pristine condition. However, they are large and tend to be more expensive than other options, so many people use them only for valuable articles.
  • Preserve Your Shoe Collection

    When packing shoes, the safest option is to keep them in their shoe boxes to offer some protection from getting squashed. If you no longer have the original shoe boxes, you can pack them in sturdy boxes of a similar size so there isn’t much for them to jostle around. You can also pack shoes in luggage bags or similar. If not packing shoes in a box that protects their shape, it’s a good idea to stuff shoes with some newspaper, or even bubble wrap, in order to help them keep their shape.

    Accessories and Everything Else

    For clothing accessories such as belts, scarves, or ties, packing them in a small bag or box is a great solution. For breakable items that will be packed with your closet, ensure that they are protected with bubble wrap. It’s a good idea to also pack them with soft items in between to cushion them, such as sweaters. Finally, when packing, remember to label your boxes and bags to make unpacking as easy as possible.

    Looking for more moving tips or need help with a move? Contact Great White Moving, a moving company serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the surrounding cities.

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