When it comes to packing and moving a large, full walk-in closet, you generally have two equally-important goals: protecting things and maintaining organization. What can you do to make it a more organized process? Here are a few tips to try.
1. Purge and Reduce
Most people's closets, over time, will accumulate a lot of stuff. When you have more space, you may find that your stuff has grown to fill it. Start by going through things to thin out what's there. Every item you remove now is one less thing to organize, pack, and return later.
How much purging you do, of course, depends on your time frame and goals. If necessary, consider getting help from your close friends or family.
2. Group Items
Once you're left with generally what you plan to keep, take some time to group things and put them in an organized layout.
This doesn't mean you should reorganize your entire closet just before emptying it. It means gathering similar elements — like all your boots — together so you can later deal with them as a unit. Doing this before you even start filling boxes ensures that nothing is forgotten and speeds up packing.
3. Bundle Clothing
After grouping like items, look for ways to bundle clothing together — even while on the hangers. Leaving clothing on hangers protects them better and reduces the physical workload.
However, most people find it difficult to keep everything safely on hangers during transport. An easy solution is to use zip ties. Simply zip-tie a few hangers together at the necks to create tight, easily-movable groups. You may combine this with using garment bags or trash bags to create a more protected bundle.
4. Fill the Drawers
Many people debate whether or not to fill drawers of freestanding furniture before moving these.
In general, if you will have access to the right tools and equipment for safe transport, filling your drawers is a great idea. While you will have to empty built-in storage units, fill dressers, vanity drawers, bench storage, and hollow ottomans. This is also one of the best ways to protect and label smaller closet items.
5. Use Hanging Racks
Don't disassemble your entire closet and pack each piece individually. Use hanging or portable racks and wardrobe boxes to simply transfer them from the closet to the box. Put shoes and accessories in the bottom of wardrobe boxes and hang clothing from the built-in bar.
Depending on what's in your closet, you can also reserve a box for things like belts, large shoes, and outdoor gear that may be best packed hanging on the bar.
Where to Get Help
Do you need help figuring out the best approach for packing your walk-in closet? Start by consulting with experienced movers in your area. With their help and these tips, you'll be on your way to a safe, organized closet move.