Packing right is half the job when it comes to moving—and we’ve got some ideas that will help you do it perfectly.
Off Season Clothing Goes First
If you’re moving in the summer, pack your winter apparel first. All your cardigans, sweaters, wools, furs, coats, scarves, cashmeres, and pashminas go in first. Why? Because you’ll get the summer clothes on top this way. You can actually leave the off-season clothing in the box until you find space for them in the new house.
Vacuum Seal Your Clothes
If you can find an hour or two extra, we highly recommend vacuum sealing your clothes, especially if you’re packing winter clothes. Winter clothes, since it’s heavier and bulkier, tends to take up a lot of space in boxes. You can cut down on that by vacuum sealing your woolens and velvets, since it reduces their surface area and seals them safely until you need to take them out.
While we understand the allure of throwing in all your clothes inside the largest box that you can find, we definitely do not recommend it. It is, for one, going to be way too hard to find clothes in a massive box. Then again, just imagine the weight of the thing once you get everything inside. Finally, if you aren’t getting help from professional movers, moving that box is going to be one hell of a task.
Bonus Tip: Do it in Advance
Moving, if you have ever done it, is extremely stressful. On the day of, you’ll hardly find the time to breathe, let alone stop to pack your bags.
If you’re thinking of packing the night before because you don’t have too many clothes, think again. It isn’t about having a lot of clothes, or the lack thereof. It’s about getting everything out of the way before the movers arrive. Once the movers arrive, they should have to contend with nothing but neatly packed boxes, ready for the move. This saves you time and ensures that you get to your destination with enough time to put your clothes back into your closet in the new home.
Because, after all, moving isn’t just about taking clothes out of a closet and putting them in boxes.