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When moving houses, there’s a number of challenges that will
come your way, many of which seem as ridiculous as they are problematic.
Suddenly, popping the bubbles on the bubble wrap stresses you out instead of
the other way around, since that’s some lost cushioning for your fragile items.
You’ll be identifying between different kinds of tapes, and God forbid someone
use the wrong tape on the wrong surface! One of these conundrums is packing
oddly shaped things.
Many people like to pack their hangers with them when moving homes. Maybe they’re all brand new, high quality, or you rely on them too much for replacements! Either way, how to pack hangers and hanging clothes for moving is a question you will soon be faced with. In order to avoid spending too much time and effort on learning as you go, just read this blog instead. From how to pack them to steps on packing them, to things you should avoid, our guide on how to pack hangers and hanging clothes for moving is sure to smoothen out every crease of this problem.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
If you’ve read few of our blogs before, you may have
realized the ‘sorting’ step shows up pretty often. This is because sorting
through your items before packing helps immensely, and is not a step you want
to miss. It helps give you a good idea of things you should be throwing away or
replacing, saving you the time, resources and money it would’ve taken to pack
and transport them.
So, as the instruction says, take a close look at all of
your hangers. Set aside hangers that are visibly old and worn and those that
have broken or are about to break. These will need to be thrown out for sure.
Also, set aside the hangers that are high quality, fancy and designer hangers
since you will definitely want to take these.
Now look at the pile you have left - if these are cheap,
regular hangers you can easily replace, consider leaving them behind. With any
move, the fewer items you have to pack, the better it is for you. Consider
donating these, or giving them to family or neighbours.
Finally, look at the pile of hangers you want to take with
you. Sort these according to type i.e. wooden, plastic, padded, skirt hangers,
Due to their odd shape, hangers are tougher to pack than you
think. They take up a fair amount of space, and leaving them loose means a
whole bunch of tangled hangers for you to struggle with when unpacking. Any
extra weight on the top and they could snap into half. Plus they could scratch the inner surface of
your wardrobe, or worse, rip into your clothes.
We’ve listed down a few ways of how to pack hangers for a
move. Before you get started, mentally prepare yourself. This is not a task you
want to be rushing through or doing in a hurry, since messing it up now will
lead to consequences later.
This method is a secure way of packing your hangers to
ensure they don’t come loose and create any of the scenarios we listed in the
Try to ensure that you cover it enough to act as a film of
protection, but not so much that it becomes bulky and takes up more space than
necessary. Make sure the hangers are secure enough that there’s no movement
when you shake the bundle - this will protect them better during the move.
That’s right, who said you can’t make use of the space your
furniture already provides when packing for a move? Packing hangers in drawers
is an easy way to save up on space, with the hanger stacks also acting as
barricades for other items.
You can also pack up your hangers in moving boxes or
cartons, provided you know how to secure them such that they don’t move around.
It’s often when moving that you realize how to make the best
of all the space around you. Using suitcases to transport things is a great
idea; light objects can easily fit, and heavier objects can be easily moved
with the help of the wheels. Packing hangers in suitcases is certainly
something that is easily done.
There’s a reason packing hangers is not left for the last
minute - packing it up in a hurry is sure to end in disaster. For one, do not
leave hangers loose in your wardrobe. No matter how replaceable they are or how
sturdy you think your wardrobe is, this is a definite problem. Not only will
you find several scratches on the inside of your wardrobe, but the hangers
themselves could bend, snap or break. No item should ever be left loose when
moving as there’s too much movement when loading and unloading.
So wardrobes are a no as they can cause damage. But just
piling them into a cardboard box should be harmless, right? Wrong. If they
spare your box, there’s a good chance they will be severely tangled with each
other, or even worse, bent or damaged. This is also a waste of storage space,
and when moving, storage space is like gold.
Packing hanging clothes for a move lessens your burdens by a
ton. You skip having to individually fold all your clothes and pile them into
boxes. Additionally, unpacking simply involves shifting them into your closet,
still on the hanger, and you’re all done. While this step certainly saves you a
lot of trouble, it can do just the opposite if not done right. Read on to know
what and what not to do to properly pack your clothes on a hanger for a move.
Take an entire day to sort through your clothes and get rid
of the ones you won’t need. This may seem like a cruel purge, but trust us,
you’ll be better off when it's done.
You’ll be essentially sorting them out into three different
piles. One that you definitely want to keep, one that you will give away or
donate, and the third that can be thrown out. Although, you won’t have too many
in pile three as only clothes that are severely worn and can’t be used again
will go here.
Make sure you sort through each and every garment. You may
be surprised at how much you will end up getting rid of. Use the ‘one year’
rule: if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. Also think of the
climatic conditions of your new location and discard items you won’t be needing
there. Overpreparation makes no sense; you can always stock up on those
particular clothing items once the need arises. Give off clothes that are still
in a good condition to your friends, or have a mini-sale if time provides and
you have the need for a little extra cash. Alternatively, consider donating
them. There are several organisations that accept not just clothes, but other
household items as well.
Secondly, don’t go packing up every garment in sight, as
you’ll soon realise you have nothing ready for moving day! Choose comfort above
all else, as you’re sure to be running around on moving day. Additionally, it
is always good to pack the ‘essentials’ box or backpack. This usually has
things you’ll need on your first day in the new house. The idea is for you to
be able to easily get your hands on them. It also works as a great backup in
the event that the moving truck is delayed. Remember to keep a change of
clothes aside for this, including inner wear, a towel, your toothbrush and
toothpaste and nightwear
Lastly, sort your clothes according to type and material in order to make packing easy. Close up all things like zips, buttons, and velcro straps to make sure they won’t break or come apart during the move, damaging your garment.
Wardrobe boxes work fantastically for high-end hanging
clothes that you want to have protected. They are generally two by three feet,
though sizes may vary. They come built with a hanger bar on which you can hang
your clothes. They are, quite literally, built to be mini-wardrobes, providing
protection against dirt and damage, and leaving your clothes wrinkle-free.
However, they don’t come cheap, ranging from $20 to $60 for one. Therefore, it
makes sense to reserve it for your most precious clothes.
When packing the box, make sure you have assembled it
properly so it doesn’t snap open or break during the move. Avoid putting heavy
items in the box, and use the space at the bottom for lighter things like
cushions or scarves. Lastly, cover any protruding ends or bits with packing
material so it doesn’t get damaged or cause damage on moving day.
Using garbage bags is a cheap, super convenient way of
transporting clothes while hung on a hanger. You’ll need large-sized bags that
can hold between 35 to 50 gallons, with a
drawstring to make your life easier. There are two ways to do this.
The advantages of using garbage bags to pack your hanging
clothes is that it is a low-effort, quick, convenient and cheap method to
follow. The disadvantage is that it leaves your clothes exposed to risks like
dirt and dust, dampness, staining and other damages. The bags don’t offer much
protection, so consider how you’ll be transporting them.
Alternatively, you can also use saran wrap or plastic wrap. Unlike the garbage bags, plastic wrap can be used for any length of clothes, even long, flowy ones. Simply hold your clothes together and wrap them up in saran wrap or plastic wrap and secure with tape. However, this doesn’t make for the most eco-friendly move, neither does it offer optimal protection.
An easy way to ensure your clothes are safe is by using
garment bags. These can be used as a secondary measure alongside the trash
bags, or they can be used alone as well. Garment bags are especially designed
to transport hanging clothes safely and securely, without having them get
crumpled. They come in a range of sizes, and can cost from $10 to $50. They
have a protective lining on the inside and a zipper in the front, alongside the
space for your hanger hook to poke through.
You can also opt for the cheaper garment bags by asking your
local dry cleaners, who may even give you some for free. Ensure that these
aren’t broken or torn before using them. They can also make for good protection
for clothes going in your wardrobe boxes.
The handy suitcase makes yet another appearance, as they are
quite nifty to be used for hanging clothes as well.
When it comes to making sure your move goes well, every task needs to be put on a moving timeline. How to pack hangers for a move sure seems simple, but now that you’ve read into it, you realize the time it takes. Similarly, every other task requires allotted time. Lastly, make sure you’ve hired the right movers for your trip as this is what can make or break moving day. Contact us to know just what works for you.
See also: How to Pack Clothes for Moving | Tips to Organize Your Closet After a Move
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