Closets are usually one of the smallest rooms in your home, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dedicate time and energy to packing them. Closets tend to accumulate a lot of random items over time. If you put off packing your closet, you may find it takes longer than you expect and is trickier to organize into boxes than you anticipated. With that said, here is a step-by-step checklist for packing up your closet during a move.
Step One- Take Everything Out
You’ll save yourself more time in the long run by dedicating time to clear out your closet all at once. This will also save time while unpacking since you’ll have completed the decluttering and organization.
Clear a large space to put all of the contents so that you can sort through them in the next step. This is a good opportunity to clean, dust and vacuum out the closet as well, so you don’t have to worry about it after moving.
Step Two- Sort Out the Clutter
Sort your belongings into two main categories: keep and don’t keep. One pile should contain the things you don’t want or need to take with you. Later you can divide between things you want to sell or give away, and things that need to be thrown out. Check out the Spruce’s guide to where you can donate or sell unwanted items if you don’t want them to go to waste.
It’s also a good idea to box up and label the clothes or belongings you won’t need for a while first, like cold weather clothes if it is summer time. That way the clothes or belongings you still need to use before moving are easily accessible. Designate boxes for the belongings you’ll need to access first when you unpack in the new location.
Step Three- Pack What Is Left Over
After you’ve thrown out, sold, or put aside the belongings that aren’t worth bringing to your new home, it’s time to pack up what you are keeping. It’s easiest to pack and unpack clothes that stay on the hanger. You can buy garment boxes with a rack installed in them, or just buy boxes wide enough to accommodate the hangers and fold the clothes neatly inside. Put garbage bags over groups of clothing like a dry-cleaning bag and poke the hangers through the top, if you want to save money. My Moving Reviews recommends packing clothes by type, purpose and/or material for easy organization in the new closet.
Items to Pack with Care
Make sure you take special care with the following items:
- Shoes: Shoes that are likely to scuff should be wrapped for protection. Keep pairs together.
- Hats: Pack accessories like hats and scarves separately, with packing paper in hats to prevent losing their shape.
- Delicate clothes should be wrapped in tissue paper
- Put cedar in boxes that will be stored for a while.
By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to having your closet packed for your move. For assistance with any of your moving or packing needs, call Cheap Movers Sacramento!