Moving Across The Country

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So you are excited to get ready to take this leap into your new life! Now how do you begin getting your clothes ready for the move? Typically, the most challenging part of the move is always how and where to begin. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let that overwhelm you right from the start. Here are a few moving tips to help you get started with your moving across the country!

First, you should consider taking advantage of this to go through your clothes, as well as other items, and decide what you should keep and what you should toss.

Worn out clothing items – If any of your clothing items are torn up, worn out, have holes, or are faded, you may want to consider ditching them. As much as you may love these items, they are pasted their expiration day and you should begin the trip with a fresh start.

Clothes that don’t fit anymore – Whether they are clothes your children have out grown or ones that just haven’t fit since you’ve lost weight, there is no reason why you should take them with you on the move.

Clothes you just don’t want anymore – Are there any clothes you are just tired of? Perhaps clothes that you just didn’t want to begin with? Then take this chance to get rid of them for good!

Now that you have cleaned out your closet, it’s time to move the keepers.

  • Make a plan of all of the packing materials! You need to estimate how much and what kinds of items you will be moving so you can get the packaging, boxes, tape, and bags needed to get everything stored up properly.
  • Use a calendar! Don’t wait until the last minute to begin packing. You want to get started as soon as possible while still making sure you have a few outfits on hand for the days before the move. In fact, you should probably have these couple outfits packed separately in a backpack or suitcase so that you will not have to dig for them after the move either.
  • Don’t overload the boxes! It can be very tempting to try and jam all of your clothes into one box, but this can make the boxes too heavy or cause it to break. That aside, you won’t be happy with the mess it makes when your unpacking.
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12 Comments

  • Adeline Ee

    Strangely, i love moving! It’s an opportunity to do a thorough housekeeping inventory and trash or give away stuff that i haven’t used in years.

  • Isabel

    Thank you for these helpful tips! I am going to do my 16th removal and although it should get easier, I seem to have amassed a huge pile of clothing and shoes that I hardly use. I better start trimming off my inventory so I do not have to pay unreasonable shipping costs.

  • Wendy

    Great tips! I have always been a person who is organize with all my stuff. Definitely, moving is an easy part for me.

  • Toni Fontello

    It may be easier to just throw all your clothes in a big box right before the move, but it makes better sense to take the time to plan ahead. Better to go through and discard unwanted clothing before the move than doing it afterward while putting everything away!

  • April O.

    What to pack when moving out should be considered of great importance to avoid massive amount of boxes or luggages during the move. The best thing to do is to prioritize which you needed the most and get rid of those that you hardly ever use at all.

  • Christine

    I wish i had some of this advice before i move, i hate moving and living solo always means my moving strategy is a mess!

  • Sheila Chingwa

    Getting rid of clothes when you move can be a good thing when it comes to moving. Less to pack and less to unpack. Also, once you get to your destination it gives you a good reason to get out shopping and get to know the stores near by. Nice information.

  • Jhei

    Packing clothes for a move isn’t really that much of an issue for me. I usually get rid of most of my wardrobe depending on the frequency I need or prefer to use them. I often just jam them inside a big plastic bag, tie or tape it up, before placing them in a box. I’d rather spend time sorting them in my new home than worry about them getting damaged during the trip.

  • Barbara Austin

    Going through all your clothes is a good idea even when you are not moving,
    but a MUST DO when you are. Giving unwanted or unused items to charity
    makes you feel good, and lightens the load (and saves money) for the movers.
    A calendar of your to do list is a great tip.

  • Maureen Stack

    Keeping some clothes out in a suitcase or something is smart.
    That way you’ll have something nice to wear during the trip.
    Then opening up the boxes when you get to the new house
    is like getting presents.

  • Hannah Cortes

    I am a firm believer in the ”less is more” mentality. I don’t have a lot of clothes, to start with, so I agree it is easier to move out if you have a small closet.

  • Patricia

    I agree with ditching the worn out clothes. Many of those old clothes are out of style anyways – and others I can afford to do without. I think I’ll just donate them to my local goodwill.

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