Moving to a new home can be a big challenge, especially when you have to start from scratch to build your life in a brand new place.
And one of the tasks that can make your move a bit overwhelming is packing your belongings.
You may wonder how to make your clothes take up less space, how to pack them correctly, how to use them to pack the rest of your belongings, etc.
These questions will be answered in this article with some practical packing tips for your next move.
Packing in Vacuum-sealed Bags
The first tip to pack your clothes for the move and take up less space is to use vacuum-sealed bags. But, how does this work? Here we tell you everything about it:
- Select the largest clothes: Yes, this type of bags are most useful with the kind of clothes that take up the most space in your closet. Such as comforters, shoes, big coats and sweaters.
- Get the bags: First estimate the number of bags you will need, then search the internet for reviews on the best bags and their quality. You can get them at online stores and hardware stores, but always rely on user reviews.
- Locate the bags: In order to save time and work efficiently, place each of the vacuum-sealed bags in a place where they can be used comfortably; on the bed, on a table or on the floor. Make sure you leave the fill line facing upwards.
- Fold carefully: Folding selected clothes carefully will make items take up less space. Try to lay towels, thick sheets and coats as flat as possible.
- Put it in the bag and close it: After everything is folded (almost perfectly) you can start putting everything in the bags. Try to keep the original folding to make.
Avoid overfilling, the bags have a set limit and going over it will cause them to open and get damaged.
After the clothes are stored, close the bags by carefully holding each side while applying enough pressure to close them properly
- Vacuum sealing: In order to vacuum seal the bags with your clothes, you need to open the valve cap. To do so, place one hand around the base of the valve and use your other to lift open the cap. Then, place the vacuum hose into the valve, make sure to place the hose on the center of the valve, so that it fills it completely. Turn on the vacuum cleaner and check that the bag is completely free of air. You will notice that the bag shrinks as air is removed, and the vacuum cleaner will change its sound when there’s no air left in the bag. Remove the hose and immediately close the safety lid to prevent any air from entering.
Box Up the Essentials
Once you’ve packed all the heavy clothes in vacuum-sealed bags, you can take care of the essentials and light clothing.
For this, you can use small and medium-sized boxes. They store there your medicines, pajamas, bedding, tablecloths, and other fabrics that are light and don’t take up much space.
Using a Travel Suitcase for Storage
One place where you can store the vast majority of your clothes to be transported during a move is in a travel suitcase.
There you can store the clothes that didn’t fit in the vacuum-sealed bags, as well as the vacuum-sealed bags themselves and other lightweight clothing to transport them without risk of damage during the move.
Sealing the Furniture With Clothes in It
If you have cabinet-type furniture, you can also use them for storing your clothes.
Put in the drawers the clothes that fit (without overloading them) and seal them with cling film.
Using socks to protect fragile and small items. There are long sports socks and long soccer socks that can be utilized to carefully conceal miniature glass artifacts and other fragile items, while you are moving or shifting your house, without breaking any of the small glass items.
You can use them to store cups, ornaments and other items that are about the size of your fist.
Then wrap them in cling film and place them inside a box filled with newspaper, so they will have support to protect them during transfer.
Don’t forget your laundry basket, it can also be used for storage! In your laundry basket, you can store not only clothes, but also non-delicate items such as toys, books, cutlery, and plastic containers that you use on a daily basis.
This principle can be applied to furniture and objects that have enough space to store medium to large objects.
You can store your clothes in them, especially if you are a person with a large closet and do not want to donate or get rid of some clothes before the move.