Moving an entire wardrobe can be a challenge. Clothing is surprisingly heavy and takes up a lot of space.
It can be especially tricky to pack and move when hangers are involved. And it’s no fun at all realising that everything in your wardrobe is abominably creased once you unpack in your new home! Sensitive wardrobe items may even be permanently creased or damaged in the moving process.
We offer some clever tips to make moving your wardrobe quicker and easier, and to keep clothing crease-free.
Wardrobe boxes for quality garments
Heavy-duty wardrobe boxes are ideal for moving and storing clothing over the short- or long-term. Clothes on hangers are bunched together, taken out of the cupboard and transferred onto the fixed rail fitted in the wardrobe box.
Boxes are then clearly labelled, and sealed shut to protect the garments from dust, pests, inclement weather and wear and tear. It’s a quick, easy and sensible method of getting high-end hanging clothing from A to B.
Plastic bags for casual wear
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Inexpensive casual clothing, like tee shirts, hoodies and cardigans, can easily be packed in plastic refuse bags, while still on their hangers.
Simply tie 10 to 15 hangers together, cut a hole in the sealed bottom of the garbage bag, and slip the bag over the clothes, pulling the hanger’s metal hooks through the hole.
This is a cost-effective technique of moving day to day clothing on the back seat of a car. It’s not recommended for long distance moves because bags can rip, exposing garments to damage or theft.
Consider using a sleeping bag to pack clothing
A single sleeping bag can serve as packaging for a surprisingly large amount of clothing.
Simply open up the sleeping bag. Put layers of clothing down on the bag, with their hangers protruding above the top of the bag. Once you’ve built up a sizeable stack, zip up the sleeping bag and tie the hangers together, for easy transportation.
An advantage of sleeping bags over garbage bags is that they don’t rip. They also don’t add more single-use plastic to our environment.
Pack garments according to type
A well-organised wardrobe moving technique allows for more streamlined packing and unpacking. By arranging clothes hanging in the cupboard according to type, it’s easier to choose a suitably-sized wardrobe box, or standard cardboard carton.
It’s also more efficient to transfer hanging garments that are already organised into various categories, to and from the moving boxes. Ideally, the shirts, dresses, jackets, trousers and suits in each cupboard should be packed in their own, clearly labelled boxes and bags.
Create an ‘essentials’ wardrobe box
Pack essential family clothing into one, easy-to-access wardrobe box. Immediate-use items include work clothes, school uniforms, suits, crisply-ironed shirts and sports gear.
Ensure there are sufficient outfits for everyone for at least the first week at the new location.
Unpacking dozens of boxes and suitcases can take a lot longer than bargained for. The last thing one wants is to be scrambling around in the new home trying to find clean clothes… and an ironing board!
Discard old and infrequently worn clothing
A few weeks before moving day, go through all the cupboards in the house. Make a separate pile for the clothes that need washing, those that need mending, and those that can be donated to charity, or tossed in the trash.
Tackle each pile systematically so that only the items the family actually wears, remain. There’s little point in spending time, money and effort moving old, worn-out clothing from one home to the other.
Ecobox supplies a wide range of quality cardboard boxes and heavy-duty plastic packing boxes, suitable for big and small moves. We also make it easy to order online and will deliver all the packing materials you need to your door. Contact us for more information or get started now.