Moving can be a stressful event. When you’re at the beginning of the packing process, even the smallest tasks can seem overwhelming as you begin sorting through all your life’s most precious possessions. One particularly problematic part of moving to a new home is packing up your closets. Here are seven quick and easy tips to help you efficiently tackle even the most densely-packed closet space.
1. Take Inventory and Form a Plan
Never go into the process blind. Your first step should invariably be taking inventory, even if you only give the closet a quick visual inspection before you proceed any further. See what you have and form a plan of attack. It will pay dividends down the road.
2. Organize What You Have
Organizing what you have doesn’t have to be an extensive process, but it helps to do it in steps. Take this opportunity to get rid of what you don’t need, separate and pack the out of season clothes, and set aside ample clothing for moving day.
3. Utilize Garment Bags or Trash Bags
Nothing is more time-consuming than taking all your hanging garments off their hangers, folding them, and packing them back into a box. For efficiency’s sake, utilize garment bags for easy transport. This strategy means you don’t have to take anything off the hanger. If you don’t own any garment bags, you can use a trash bag instead. Just gently slide your garments inside, and then cinch the top shut.
4. Use Suitcases
If you own a suitcase, now is the time to use it. These handy travel aides are designed to make transporting clothing easier. Boxes full of clothes can be heavy to lift and may come apart if they are overstuffed. Let your wheeled or handled suitcases do the mechanical labor for you.
5. Purchase Wardrobe Boxes
Wardrobe boxes are a well-kept industry secret. You can purchase specially designed boxes with a bar for hanging clothes installed inside. These roomy boxes are then easy to load and transport without significantly disrupting your hanging clothes.
6. Use Durable Items as Padding
When taking your initial inventory, make a mental note of thicker, more durable clothing such as sweatpants, sweatshirts, and sweaters. You can re-purpose durable clothing to help pad and cushion fragile and breakable items during the move. When organizing your closet in preparation, set aside a few thicker pieces of clothing to help with your other packing projects.
7. Keep Your Boxes Light
Clothing can be deceptive. Each individual piece may feel relatively light. But stacks of garments can quickly add up. Be careful to avoid overstuffing your boxes when packing up your closet. Otherwise, you run the risk of them bursting open during transit, or worse, you might sustain a back injury during the moving process. Instead, use smaller boxes for more heavy items to keep their weight from shifting during transit, and make sure that there is no empty, dormant space in your larger boxes to increase their stability.
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A major cross-country, cross-state, or even across town move can be a source of stress and anxiety. Uprooting your life and sorting through everything you own can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Let the experts at Mesa Moving and Storage help you with your next move, no matter how big or small. Whether you only need a little help or a lot of support, then Mesa Moving and Storage has got you covered.