Moving is a necessary part of life at one point in time for many people, so learning simple solutions to make the process easier is smart. Packing and unpacking certain items in your house can be time consuming and stressful, but it is still a necessary chore. Considering the average American household spends 3.8 percent of their income on clothing, you may find yourself overwhelmed organizing, packing, and moving all the clothes in your family’s closets. Thankfully, these solutions will reduce the time and stress of packing clothing, shoes, and accessories for your move.
If it does not fit or you know it will not be worn, you should donate it. While you may already know you need to donate old, unwanted items, you may not realize the importance of donating clothing and shoes.
Donating unwanted and outgrown clothing, outerwear, and shoes will reduce clutter in your own home, making your move easier, but it also offers the following benefits:
- Helps the Needy – Other families may not be able to afford new clothing and shoes, but your donations can help. In many situations, these families can receive your older items for free or at highly discounted prices.
- Helps Disaster Victims – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, offers relief to citizens after a disaster. While cash donations are always accepted, you can also donate goods, such as clothing and shoes to the program. Be sure to contact FEMA for information on their current needs.
- Protects the Environment – Unwanted clothing, shoes, and accessories is waste that ends up in your local landfills. By donating, you are upcycling the items to others in need, which reduces waste and protects the environment.
Pack a First Night Box
Before packing the majority of your items, you should pack a first night box for each family member. Having a few essentials on hand will prevent you from searching through every box after moving to find a pair of pajamas or a toothbrush. Each member should have a set of sleepwear, a change of clothes for the next day, and their own toothbrush.
After packing clothing and their personal items, make sure to include toilet paper, paper plates, body wash, toothpaste, and a few drinks and snacks for the entire family to use.
Having a first night box for each family member and important items for the household will not only make your first night easier, but it will also reduce the amount of boxes you have to unpack after the move.
Folding clothing and placing it neatly in organized boxes to move is most likely not feasible due to time and energy restraints. The clothing will not remain in these neat stacks while transporting to your new home either, so consider using trash bags to pack clothing in a neat, organized manner.
To get started, group all short-sleeve shirts together on the closet rod and place a trash bag under the hanging clothes. Use trash bags in a larger size to accommodate longer shirts, pants, or dresses. Pull the bag up over the group of short-sleeve shirts until the top of the hanger hook is the only thing showing from the bag. Tie the bag handles together, leaving the hanger hook hanging out of the bag on the closet rod.
Repeat the same steps for every category of clothes in each of your family member’s closets. Short or long-sleeved shirts, jackets, dresses, pants, and other clothing pieces will all be bagged with one another.
Gather all the bagged-up groups of clothing and place in your moving truck. Once you arrive at your new residence, place the bagged items of clothes on their new closet rod and undo the bag. The clothes will be already hung and ready to wear after the move.
Pack shoes in larger boxes, but make sure to place newspaper or tissue paper inside the foot opening. This will prevent the shoes from any damage during the move. Be sure to label each box with the interior contents and which family member’s rooms they will go to, as well.
Moving your clothing and accessories may not seem challenging, but it can become an overwhelm process in families or larger households. Using these simple solutions, you can reduce the stress and time it takes to organize, pack, and move clothes to your new home.
For more information, contact a company like Wheaton World Wide Moving.