Approximately 35.1 million Americans move every year. Many people prefer to enlist the help of professionals within the moving industry, which has a yearly payroll of $3.6 billion for about 122,600 employees. But regardless of whether you have movers to help you or you’re handling the job yourself, it’s important to understand how to pack most efficiently while keeping your belongings safe. This is especially true when it comes to clothes. Don’t just throw them in garbage bags and call it a day. Here are just a few ways to make the most of your clothes and pack them efficiently before a move.
Get Rid of Old Clothes
This may seem like a no-brainer, but far too many people don’t leave themselves enough time to go through their belongings, especially their clothes, to think about which ones they’re unlikely to wear again and would rather give away. But having some extra clothes left over is integral to the next step of the clothes packing process, which saves time, money, and efficiency. Just collect some clothes to drop off at a donation center, and some that can be disposed of, and you’re good to go.
Use Old Clothes as Packing Material
Now that you’ve gathered some clothes you’re ready to get rid of, you can use them as cushiony packing material to keep your other fragile belongings safely stored in their boxes. Your television, for example, can be stored perfectly when cushioned with some old shirts, towels, or any type of clothing. The same goes for glass dishes and other fragile items.
Keep Clothes in Drawers
When it comes to packing the clothes you want to keep, take the space-efficient route and keep them in their drawers. Just make sure to take the drawers shut so they don’t spill out or get damaged during transport.
Use Hangers To Your Advantage
Finally, packing the clothes in your closet is easier than you think. In fact, there’s a super simple way to pack them all at once while keeping them on their hangers for seamless transport.
“Plastic wrap is your best friend. To save the time it would take you to remove clothes from hangers and fold them, only to move, unfold and rehang them later, all you have to do is zip-tie the hangers together and wrap the whole lot in plastic wrap,” writes Apartment Guide.
While hiring movers is the best way to relieve some stress during any move, remembering these tips can help as well. For more information about white glove delivery services, contact PDX Movers.