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How To: Pack Your Closet for a Move

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Mom and daughter packing up clothes for a moveFew people love the process of moving—the cleaning, the boxing, and the lugging can make even the cheeriest of us sour. If you’re in the midst of a move, though, the Closet & Storage Concepts team of Boston, Massachusetts want to make it as painless as possible for you. As experts in the closet industry, we’ve helped clients dismantle closets for decades, and we’ve picked up a few tips along the way. Read on to find out how to pack up your closet with finesse!

  1. Empty Your Closet and Clean Completely

Emptying and cleaning your closet before you pack is a way to start your process with a win and give yourself full consideration of your wardrobe. It doesn’t make sense to take things that no longer serve you into your new life and your new space, and clearing your closet at the start of your project will make it easier to accept the sorting process that comes next.

  1. Sort Your Clothing

Most experts recommend three basic categories when sorting your clothes: keep, donate, or toss. In the emotions of a move, though, it can be difficult to choose which piece fits where. We’ve put together a few rules to help simplify your sort:

Keep: Anything that you’ve worn in the past year (that fits today), anything that’s a true heirloom, or anything that would be in heavy circulation in your wardrobe if you’d do some basic mends (but do these fixes before your move, or you should put the piece in the donate pile.) labeled donation box with clothes

Donate: Anything that hasn’t seen the light of day in over a year and anything that hasn’t fit properly in over two years.

Toss: Anything with major stains and tears.

  1. Group Clothing by Type to Box

Now that your closet is empty and your clothing is sorted, it’s time to pack. We’ve found that it’s most helpful to group your clothing by type using medium-sized boxes. While each piece might be light individually, putting your entire closet in two or three large boxes is a recipe for the sort of hard labor that makes a move miserable.

Remember as you’re packing boxes to also pack yourself an overnight bag with two to three days worth of outfits. You might not feel ready to unpack completely when you first arrive in your new home, and a well-stocked overnight bag can help ease the transition period well.

Looking for more expert advice on how to deal with your closet’s organization? Our team at Closet & Storage Concepts of Boston, Massachusetts specializes in creating closets that work for our client’s unique needs. We’re also proud to offer free, in-home, consultations and estimates to help you get your closet project off the ground. Call us today and schedule your free consultation!

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