Removals - The Wardrobe
When you're relocating, the small tasks are usually as important as the big ones. Doing everything carefully and paying close attention to detail can save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run. So while the packing process should be done room by room and as quickly as possible, there are certain parts of each room that require more attention. One such area is the wardrobe.
Now, when packing the wardrobe and its contents, your first idea may be to empty the wardrobe and pack your clothes into boxes. This is one alternative, however, the wardrobe is a large piece of furniture. As such, it is going to take up quite a bit of space in the moving van and you will want to utilize this space as efficiently as possible. A good way to do this is to transport your clothing (particularly coats and other large items) inside the wardrobe.
Now you may think that doing this will save you from having to organize and pack all of your clothing. Sadly, such is not the case, as there are still a few steps, which you should take to make sure everything arrives in the best possible condition.
First of all, you will need to take everything out of the wardrobe. This way you can look at all of the clothes and figure out the best way to transport them, but, more importantly, you will be able to clean the wardrobe. A simple wipe with a damp cloth or wood polish will do, but you may also want to air it out to clean out the stale smell that old pieces of furniture sometimes get.
After you've done this, you will need to pack the clothes that are going to be transported inside the wardrobe. You should have sorted the items into ones for donation, for recycling and ones you're going to keep before hand. You will also need some clothes hangers and some plastic clothes covers to protect them. You do not need to buy too many of these, as you can keep two or three smaller items (such as light shirts, pants, summer dresses, etc.) inside one cover. Only the heavier items such as clothes will each need a separate plastic cover. Once all of the clothes are packed and ready, it is time to put them back inside the wardrobe. If there's still some room left inside, or the wardrobe has shelves, you may want to store some other items in there, such as books, CDs or even shoeboxes. Just make sure to put them in so that they do not shift or fall during transportation. Another good idea would be to load the empty wardrobe onto the moving van and put all of the clothes and other items inside it afterwards. That way, it will be easier to move and you can carry all of the other items in batches.
Remember to seal the wardrobe as securely as possible (ideally locking it), so that nothing falls out during transportation. As this is a large piece of furniture, make sure it is one of the first ones loaded onto the van and that it is placed in a corner or up against a wall and then propped up with other heavy boxes or pieces of furniture. That way, there is no danger of the wardrobe falling over and anything breaking or being otherwise damaged.