We just finished doing a little research on different packing techniques for clothes when you’re preparing to move home. As part of our research, we noticed that there wasn’t a particularly great deal of content and information out there.
So just to help you out, I thought I would write an article, giving you a few tips and tricks that you can use straight away for packing clothes before a domestic move.
First things first, I tend to just throw my clothes in an old suitcase and sort through it after I have done all of the heavy lifting,
Fortunately, there are a few other things that you can be doing to make it a little less complicated and frustrating.
So without further ado – this is how to pack and store clothing.
How do you store clothing when you’re preparing to move?
After searching around and asking friends and family members, we noticed that there is actually a much greater range of storage options available to you.
For example; our man and van London service tends to relocate items using cardboard boxes. In most cases it wouldn’t be an issue.
However, there are far more efficient storage solutions available that you can use that will actually allow you to fit more in, reducing the number of trips and unpacking time!
And this actually brought us onto our next point:
What are you giving up when packing clothes incorrectly?
Did you know that if you continued to pack your clothes incorrectly, you would actually waste up to 30 hours of your moving time organising and unpacking clothing?
That’s crazy right?
After a little extra thought, these are a few things that we are convinced you lose when packing your clothes the wrong way:
Available Time – This is the obvious one that we touched on briefly above. But the point stands nonetheless. Think of how much time you are going to be losing by doing things the wrong way. That time could be better spent on unpacking furniture, building flat-pack or even redecorating a new room.
More Money for Expenses – It may seem a little silly, but once you think about it, it really does make sense. If you’re like most people in the UK, and don’t really give clothes packing a serious thought, you could be one of thousands that end up spending more money on laundry items and services.
Think about it.
If you pack your clothes poorly, they will become more creased, probably gather a little dust and need washing once again.
And to do all of that? You need; water, washing appliances, electricity, plumbed in water supply, detergent, drying apparatus and a form of ironing.
All of that takes us back to the time that has been wasted too. (It’s a vicious cycle).
What should you be doing before you start to pack your clothes?
Quick answer – a few things really.
Make sure that you plan enough time to go through and organise your clothes. If you’re anything like my partner, there will be a few dozen items that are no longer needed and there are a number of great things that you can do instead of throwing them away.
Unlike many removal companies in London, we’re rather hot on recycling and reusing items. We like to donate when we can as it really helps our community.
But back to the point:
Remove clothes that aren’t relevant anymore – For example; if you’re living in a warm country then you’re going to have a lot of t-shirts and shorts (for men) and dresses (for women).
It wouldn’t make sense to keep all of those clothes if you were moving to a colder country when you may be better benefitted from a quick jumper and jogging pants.
Consider what you have in your wardrobe and get rid of anything that you wont necessarily need when you move.
Unfashionable items of clothing – Different trends and fashion styles change more frequently that the British weather in summer. You’re never going to be able to keep up with it.
If you’re conscious about what you wear and how you look, consider donating or rehoming items of clothing that are no longer in fashion.
Clothes that are no longer wanted – When you’re sorting your clothes, don’t beat around the bush. Make sure that you’re strict and get rid of anything that you no longer want or wear.
Keeping them around will only make packing significantly more difficult.
How should I pack my clothes more efficiently?
There are a few great techniques that you can use to pack clothes.
The most common tend to include:
- Traditional folding
- Vacuum packing and storage
There is also a fourth – but that’s one of my personal favourites so I’ll keep that a little secret before we discuss it further.
Traditional folding – This is probably what most homeowners do when they are getting their clothes ready for moving home.
Not necessarily a bad form of preparation but it does mean that you’re going to have to do a little more work once you have unpacked.
Vacuum packing – This is a fairly new way of packing and moving clothes. It’s certainly a technique that’s caught our eyes – and we love it.
Not only does it save space, but also you can get more clothes stored so you can reduce the number of return visits to pick up other clothes.
Suitcases – Lets be honest – it’s easy but not quite convenient. The downside of using a suitcase to relocate items is that you end up living out of it for the next fortnight until you can be bothered to unpack it all and re-wash it.
And now onto our personal favourite…
Have you ever heard of bundling?
It’s a fantastic new packing trend that has been made popular by travellers. The simply store clothes within clothes to help them save space and travel lighter when on the move.
Take a look at this example that we found on Damn LOL! on Pinterest.