Moving is an exciting and stressful event. In addition to being able to change your life and start from scratch, it comes with a lot of worries and packing.
In principle, you can transport your clothes in suitcases and travel bags, but the good organization will not prevent you from moving. You may also hire professional movers who will do all the job. Before booking check moving company reviews and ask for a moving Quote. Clothing weighs a lot, and during transportation from the old house to the new home, it must be protected from moisture and damage.
It is advisable to plan the packaging of clothing in advance, as well as use suitable packaging materials.
Preparing the clothing for packaging
- Arrange and sort your clothes. Over time, people may accumulate more clothing than they know they have. First you need to get all the things from the closet, chest of drawers, attic, and from under the bed. Place your clothes on the floor or on the bed and start sorting them by color, size, and materials.
Decide on categories and put items of clothing in different piles.
Start matching boxes and suitcases to size. If you have a relatively small stack of a particular type of clothing, then a small box will do. Larger stacks should be placed in a larger suitcase or box.
- Get rid of unnecessary things. Now is the perfect time to try on old clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Make sure it’s free of mold, mothballs, moths, and bed bugs. Smell if things have a musty smell. Decide how outdated and out of fashion these clothes are. After this review, you will have a stack of outdated, small, worn-out clothes that you should get rid of.
Run your fingernail over the fabric. This way you can detect insects present on your clothes or the remains of bedbugs (dried blood). Such things are best thrown away, especially if they are old and have been lying idle for a long time.
Donate those items of clothing that are well preserved but no longer fit you or will be useless due to climate change. Many give their old clothes to homeless shelters and charities.
Discard all torn, soiled, or worn clothing. Pay special attention to old socks and underwear that have been accumulating in drawers for years.
- Put aside the clothes that will be needed immediately. You are unlikely to unpack all your belongings on the first day of moving, so put a small bag with things that you can change into when you arrive at your new home. Don’t forget to leave a set of clothes that you will wear on the day of moving, including underwear and socks.
Put in a separate bag those things that you will need when you arrive at your new home. This can be not only clothing, but also toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, and other items.
- Use old clothing to pack fragile items. During the move, you will probably have to transport glass and ceramic dishes. Wrap these items in the clothes you plan to throw away. Choose items of clothing that match the shape and size of the dishes. Elongated items can be wrapped in the legs of jeans. For wide plates, you can use t-shirts and shirts.
Carefully place these items on top of each other or side by side. Don’t throw them from a height.
You can also put extra layers of old clothing between fragile items when you put them in boxes or bags. To do this, you can use a shirt or pants made of soft fabric.
Glasses and glasses can be Packed in knee socks and high socks.
- Leave some things in your dresser drawers. If you take the chest of drawers with you, you can leave some things in the drawers. These should be light items — underwear, socks and t-shirts, but sweatpants, jeans and outerwear are better to get. Now you need to decide what to do with the chest of drawers: transport it in its entirety or get the boxes out of it and disassemble the case. To load the chest of drawers, you need strong and strong assistants.
If the drawers are easy to open and do not have a locking mechanism, it is better to remove them from the chest of drawers. Each box should be wrapped separately in plastic wrap or placed in a strong bag. If you use film, wrap the box in several layers along and across so that the contents do not fall out of it.
If you are going to transport the entire chest of drawers, then the drawers need to be fixed. Take a strong cord and tie it over the chest of drawers. Secure both ends of the cord. Then take new cords and secure all the other boxes.
Secure the chest of drawers in the back of a truck or trailer. You can use the same cords or cargo belts. Wrap them tightly around the chest of drawers and attach them to the bottom or sides of the truck.