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How to Properly Prepare Your Clothes for a House Relocation

One of the hardest things when planning a home move is the packing process. And we are especially talking about folding clothes, cleaning bags and shoes, washing socks, etc. If you are going to have long transportation like the one to Bournemouth all of your garments must be properly arranged. We explicitly mentioned this small British town as it is quite far from London and the journey can be occasionally bumpy and time-consuming. For just such situations we have a couple of packing tips that will help you protect your clothes and accessories.

Use What You Already Have

We will start with something easy that will both save you space and money. There are a lot of clothing items you can use to protect the more delicate pieces from the damaging transportation process.

  • To keep the collar of your dress shirt in the right shape put a rolled up belt inside its neck opening.
  • You can use your socks as padding inside your shoes, this way they won't get squished and misshapen.
  • You can’t clean all of your shoes before packing them in the moving containers. Place the dirty pairs in separate plastic bags and secure everything with an elastic band. This way you will prevent the dirt from distributing inside your moving boxes.
  • Place dryer sheets inside each container with clothes. This way your garments won't take on the unpleasant odours that accompany every longlasting house relocation like the one to Bournemouth.

The Right Way of Packing Clothes for a House Move

There are many ways to fold your clothes and bedding in order to avoid wrinkles and save space in your moving boxes. Here are a couple of good ones:

  • Roll, don’t fold. This is great advice when it comes to leggings, jeans and on generally all type of pants. Avoid using this method on dresses or shirts, unless you want to spend the first day in your Bournemouth home ironing.
  • Use vacuum bags only for the off-season clothes. They are the ones you are not going to wear in the near future, so it is ok to apply that technic.
  • Delicate, expensive garments must be folded separately and placed in cotton or dust bags. Then place the whole thing in one plastic container.
  • Whatever you do, do not put your handbags, shoes or hats in vacuum bags. This will surely destroy their shape and texture. Each type of item must be placed in its own box. Put the heaviest things on the bottom and the delicate ones - on top.
  • Glittery clothes pose a challenge. The best way to deal with them is to carefully fold each piece and place it in its own zip bag. This will prevent both the lost of glitter and its scattering and sticking to other things.

Packing myths about Clothes and Home Removals

In the end, we want to look at a couple of popular beliefs on the subject of packing clothes and shoes. These days you can find numerous tips and hacks on the internet, but not all are good. In fact, some “great ideas” might irreversibly damage your couture garments.

  • Myth 1: Put your clothes in a plastic bag while they are still on the hangers. This will prevent wrinkles. Ok, let's think logically for a second. Regardless whether there is a bag or not, you still put your garments in a plastic/cardboard container for the actual transportation. So there is no way they won’t get wrinkled. A smart solution is to ask your house movers if they can provide you with wardrobe boxes. Almost all removal companies in Bournemouth offer packing materials so it shouldn't be a problem.
  • Myth 2: Do not empty your dresser; the best solution is to move it, as it is. Wrong! This is a terrible idea for a couple of reasons. First, your dressers are not water resistant. This means if something happens, you will definitely ruin your garments. Second, you can use smaller pieces of clothing for padding the bigger ones. In this sense, you need to empty your drawers. And third, if your goal is to save space just use vacuum bags. They are perfect for clothes that don't get wrinkled easily.
  • Myth 3: Use shower caps to transport dirty shoes. Ok, this actually works, but it is extremely impractical. Nobody has that many disposable caps in their home. Plus if you wear a bigger size, your shoes won't fit. Just follow our advice and use regular plastic bags.
  • Myth 4: Get your cardboard boxes from your local supermarket. We can’t stress enough what a bad idea this is. Your garments are going to be exposed to different bacteria and dust. They can even take on some nasty smells and end up with damaging stains. If you want to save money on packing materials, ask your Bournemouth movers about the option of renting a plastic container. This is an excellent environmentally friendly way to relocate, and you can be certain your boxes have been properly sanitised before handed to you.

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