Iron Out the Wrinkles of a Cross-country Clothes Move

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Keeping clothes wrinkle-free during a cross-country move isn’t impossible—provided you stick to our home mover-approved packing guidelines.

However, before you assemble those boxes and get the tape and magic markers ready, think about downsizing your wardrobe. A stained T-shirt isn’t such a happening a fashion statement, is it? Ditch it. (Or use it to wrap a fragile glass lamp.) Wearable items that are out-of-style or the kids have outgrown provide ideal donation material or even garage-sale inventory.

12-month mark

Decluttering experts use a one-year benchmark: If you haven’t worn an item within 12 months (excluding wedding dresses, of course), it’s suitable for “so long.” Obviously, these items don’t require a kid-gloves packing approach, so feel free to toss them in garbage bags for easy transport. You’ll not only eliminate unneeded items that otherwise might tax your new home’s storage capabilities, but you also might decrease the cost of moving.

Once you’ve decided on discards vs. saves, the operative term is “organization.” Clothing will be one of the last things you’ll pack, true, but a last-minute scurrying approach surely will upset your unpacking progress once you move into your new home.

Organize your clothes

Get a head start by sorting out those seasonal items. Is it summer? Pack away those winter caps, mittens and heavy coats before everything else. Moving during winter? Start stowing short-sleeved shirts, swimsuits and flip-flops. Also consider separating out items you’re confident you won’t be wearing prior to moving day with your mover in Fort Leonardwood KS or mover in Lake of the Ozarks.

Staying systematic, it’s a great idea to develop an organizing system that resonates with you. Do you group your clothes by color? Separate the blues from the greens from the reds. Perhaps occasion (casual vs. business) is a better indexing method. That means suits won’t be mingled with unstructured jackets, for example. Maybe you group all your slacks and jeans together, no matter how casual or dressy.

Use whichever organizing criteria works best for as you prepare for your cross-country move. Staying consistent during packing will maintain sanity when it comes time to unpack and hang everything up in your new home’s wardrobe closet or stack them in a dresser. You also can develop a parallel system for shoes.

Wrinkle-resistant wardrobe

Once you’ve mentally mapped out how you’ll organize the wardrobe part of your move, it’s time to use our recommended methods for the actual physical packing portion. Avoid previously used boxes. While they might suit the bill for storing less delicate items, the possible presence of bugs or soiling could prove disastrous for your clothes.

Consider how discouraging it would be opening up your well-packed clothes in your beautiful new home only to find them stained or infested. Brand-new boxes are ideal clothes-packing containers.

Two main divisions will dictate the packing method at this point: folded vs. hanging. For folded clothes, sturdy smaller boxes will be best. Keeping hanging clothes pristine and wrinkle-free requires using a wardrobe box, which includes a metal bar near the top that allows clothes to be transported on hangers.

Pack, don’t jam

Folded clothing should be placed in a packing-paper-lined box. Stuff crumpled paper into any gaps, then close. Exercise caution while hanging clothes in the wardrobe box. Resist the urge to jam-pack items, otherwise wrinkling might result during your interstate move. The final steps for either box type are sealing with packing tape and labeling. One more tip: Avoid dropping shoes into the wardrobe-box bottom—as tempting as it might be—as footwear frequently is soiled and might damage clothing.

Instead, wrap shoes separately. First, fill shoes with packing paper to maintain form. Surround one shoe with a packing-paper sheet, then roll the second shoe into the same sheet before taping closed. Place pairs into a box and follow the routine: close, tape and label. Similar to clothing, divide your shoes into keep vs. donate vs. sell categories.

Lightweight approach

An option for lightweight clothing is not packing it at all. Instead, keep those wearables in your dressers, then move furniture and clothing all at once. Double-check this alternative with your movers just to be on the safe side.

While having Jacksons Relocation transport your leather shoes is perfectly fine, we advise that you personally transport leather clothing (jackets, skirts and pants) as well as furs, due to their sensitivity to temperature and moisture.

Jackson’s Relocation Services is the interstate moving company in Sedalia, Missouri who’ll go the distance for you. Contact us to learn how our status as not only one of the top moving companies in Missouri, but also one of the premier national moving companies, can make your life easier. Whether you’re seeking an interstate moving company or local movers in Sedalia, contact our moving and relocation services team now for a FREE moving quote: 660.826.6898 | 800.452.6683.

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