Regardless of whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, being on the road will never be as comfortable as being at home. But there are some things you can do to make your stay more enjoyable and more like your own space. Keep reading to learn more about the closet packing tips from a moving company.
Packing for a Tropical Vacation
You’ll be casual and relaxed most of the time (that’s the whole point, right?!), but you’ll still want to look polished. And you definitely won’t need as much as you think you do–the islands are casual.
Pack a minimum of jewelry because you’ll probably want to go shopping for some fun pieces and wear those.
Travel Guide – Fashion and Style on the Road
- Successful Travel Packing–Wear Virtually Everything You Pack: Discover the secrets to not overpacking for a trip; it’s surprisingly simple, even for super over packers like me.
- What to Wear on an Airplane: Comfort’s not the only factor; there are safety concerns to consider as you get dressed for air travel.
- Toiletries Checklist: All those things you forget to pack, listed here in a printable checklist format. I keep a copy in my suitcase for easy reference.
Storage Basics for Your Closet – How to Store Your Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories
Use the Right Hangers
Use rounded wooden, plastic, or fabric padded hangers to give garments proper support and help maintain their shape. Wire hangers are too flimsy for anything but T-shirts and often stretch shoulders out of shape.
The best hangers have swiveling heads, so you don’t have to worry about making sure they’re facing the right way and standardizing your hangers will not only make your clothes more accessible, it’ll look neater and more organized.
Take Advantage of Wardrobe Boxes
As suggested by flyttebyrå Oslo moving company, cabinet boxes are a blessing for packing up your clothes. These wardrobe boxes are convenient and suitable for clothing moving boxes. They help you to move your clothes from hanging in your wardrobe to the hanging racks in the boxes. Moving boxes will prevent your clothing from getting wrinkled, and they also protect your garments from grime and dirt from the move.
Don’t crowd your clothes. To look their best, they need enough room to breathe and hang freely.
Keep It Clean
Don’t put away dirty clothes. Time makes most stains more difficult to remove, and everything you have hanging in your closet or folded in your dresser should be clean and ready to wear; otherwise, what’s the point?!
Ditch the Dry Cleaner Bags
Unless your closet is cool and well ventilated, natural fiber clothing stored in plastic dry cleaning bags may get mildewed during the summer months. To discourage mildew, empty closets twice a year and wash laminate or wire (not wood) shelving with a mixture of 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 TBSP powdered laundry detergent in a gallon of warm water. Leave five minutes, rinse with clear water, and wipe dry. Make sure it’s completely dry before you put your clothes back in the closet–you don’t want them to get bleached.
Bag the Laundry
Dirty clothes can reek in less than a week—a stowaway from the closet in a tightly lidded basket with a lining you can remove for monthly cleaning.
The Box Method – Cleaning Out Your Closet
To really clean out your closet and get rid of the clothes you don’t wear so you can see what you have and get dressed faster, try weeding your wardrobe using the four-box method.
Pick a day when you’ll have a block of uninterrupted time. Get six big boxes (U-Haul medium boxes are great for this). Label them “Keep,” “Donate,” “Dump,” “Fix,” “Maybe,” and, if you’re the sentimental type, a box labeled “Archive.”
A caveat make sure you edit warm weather clothes in warm weather and cold weather clothes when it’s chilly out. You may feel differently about an item when it’s in season and less connected to it when it’s not.
Start with jackets, suits, and separates. Keep your essentials, the clothes that make you feel good, the clothes that have worked for you over and over–as long as they’re in good condition, still fit, and don’t look dated.
If you’re the same size and haven’t worn something in a year or more, plan to give it away unless it’s evening wear. An evening outfit or separates that look and feel great can be worn for years.
Throw out clothes that aren’t fit to donate. Keep a few things for dirty jobs like gardening, painting, and store them with your tools. Unless you keep your tools in the garage because then you’ll never wear them because you’ll be afraid they’re full of spiders or something.
Put anything that needs a hem, button, alteration, or cleaning into this box. Once everything else is organized, come back to this box and get to work. For things you can’t fix yourself, go to the dry cleaner or tailor. Make sure this box is empty by the end of the day, even if you’ve just put the things in your car to take to the designated repair person.
One more caveat, make sure you want to keep the things you’re fixing, or you’re just wasting money.
This box is for the shirt you got on sale but never wore because you don’t have anything to go with it, or just never bothered to figure out what to wear with it, the pants that are a little too tight, etc. Seal this box and put it somewhere else, away from your closet. Anything you don’t miss after four months should be given away.
If you’re not wearing an item but want to save it, it shouldn’t be in your closet. After all, this is a closet, not a diary. This box is your time capsule. Gather anything you want to save for sentimental reasons and put it in this box. Please make sure these clothes are clean, and pack them away in archival quality boxes with layers of tissue paper and cedar blocks or chips. Store the parcel in a cool, dry place to protect your clothes.
Once you’ve completed these steps, look over your keepers again and see how they coordinate with one another. If one piece doesn’t fit with anything else, donate it.
Now make a list of things you need, like a new shell for a favorite suit or a new white shirt to replace the four with yellowing you just got rid of. Put the keepers back in your closet and revel in all your new space and in being able to see your clothes. And enjoy getting dressed the next day; it’ll be so much easier and faster, and now you get to go shopping.