Not sure how to move a closet? From shirts, pants and suits to handbags, shoes and accessories, your closet is full of items that require special care when being transported to a new home. Not to mention, these closet items can become quite heavy when grouped together (think: having to lift a multitude of shoe boxes and/or a dozen hangers of clothes). Fortunately, there are a variety of efficient ways to move your closet full of hanging clothes, shoes and handbags. Here are seven different methods to help you successfully move your closet this year.
How to Move a Closet Using Several Different Methods
Purchase wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes
So what’s the single easiest solution to your closet packing woes? Start with wardrobe boxes. These cardboard boxes are specifically designed to hang and fit your clothing, and are essentially small, portable closets. While sizes vary, most wardrobe boxes are two feet wide and about 3 feet long. They come outfitted with a metal hanger bar that mimics your closet, so you can easily hang your clothing inside the box using a hanger. In addition, the corrugated box keeps hanging clothes protected and wrinkle-free throughout the move. However, at $20 to $50, these wardrobe boxes aren’t exactly the cheapest option for moving your clothes. Many will tell you though that the high price is well-worth the ease and convenience that a wardrobe box gives you during a move.
Pack your suitcases (and maximize the space!)
Kill two birds with one stone by packing all of your closet items inside of your travel luggage. After all, those suitcases and travel bags will need to come with you anyway, so you might as well use them to help you move. Suitcases are designed to hold clothing and personal belongings, and make for a perfect closet moving solution. To maximize the space inside your suitcase, try rolling your clothing (this works for shirts, blouses, underwear and pants) before placing them inside. This will also help cut down wrinkles. You can also try using packing cubes, which are small, fabric bags that allow you to group items of clothing together and keep all of your closet items organized.
Use large trash bags for hanging clothes
To save money, use large trash bags to move your hanging clothes. We recommend using drawstring bags that are capable of holding anywhere from 30 to 50 gallons. To pack your hanging clothes inside of a trash bag, simply bundle your hangers and clothes together, slip the hanging clothes inside the trash bag while holding onto the hangers, tighten the drawstrings around the hanger hooks, tie and secure with the hooks outside the bag. Alternatively, you can also cut a small hole at the bottom of the trash bag and place the clothes inside with the hangers towards the bottom of the bag. Once the hanger hooks are through the hole at the bottom of the bag, tie and secure them with a rubber band or string. The top part of the bag (with the drawstrings) should contain the bottom portion of your clothing. Once the clothes are placed inside, tie the drawstrings closed to keep everything together.
Pack shoes inside the original boxes
Kept your original shoe boxes? We recommend re-using these when packing up your high heels, sandals, sneakers, boots, slippers, loafers and other shoes. Surrounding them with packing paper will also help protect your shoes (read: prevent them from shifting around and/or becoming damaged) while they are in transit. For extra protection, try stuffing the insides of the shoes with packing paper as well to help them keep their shape.
Use garment bags to protect hanging clothes
Similar to suitcases, garment bags are meant for transporting clothing and make for a great way to move your hanging clothes. If you already own several garment bags, then this means of closet moving is a no-brainer. These covers typically cost anywhere from $10 to $40, depending on the type and quality of garment bag purchased. Of course, you can always ask your local dry cleaners for free plastic garment bags. While these types of garment bags tend provide minimal protection, they do make it easy to keep hanging clothes together when packed inside of boxes.
Store clothing inside vacuum seal bags
When moving, it’s a good idea to store clothing inside of vacuum seal bags. Unlike cardboard moving boxes, which are not air or water-tight, sealed vacuum bags provide complete protection for clothing while moving. These reusable storage bags prevent moisture, dust, dirt, and bugs from damaging your clothing, and they are perfect for keeping seasonal clothing in long-term storage. Fortunately, vacuum seal bags are typically very affordable. Most packages include multiple vacuum seal bags and cost anywhere from $15 to $40.
Use clear plastic bins or moving boxes
Of course, you can always pack your hanging clothes, shoes and other closet accessories inside clear plastic bins and cardboard moving boxes. While more expensive, plastic bins have the advantage of being waterproof and packtransparent. This makes it easy to protect your items from damage, as well as find them after the move. Packing handbags and shoes inside of a sturdy box or bin is also the best way to prevent them from becoming flattened while in transit. Make sure to add a lining of packing paper or bubble wrap in the box before placing your items inside.