Moving Across the Country: The Benefits of Backloading

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Moving Across the Country: The Benefits of Backloading

When I was offered a new job in Perth, I had to relocate my life from Brisbane. I had no idea how I was going to ship all my things across Australia. I considered hiring a van and doing it myself, but driving thousands of miles and then starting work when I arrived just didn't appeal to me. I looked into using a moving company, but I was put off a little by the cost. It was then my friend mentioned backloading. Backloading allowed me to haul my things across the country on trucks which were returning from another job. This drastically reduced the cost. I am now settled in Perth, but I wanted to start this blog to help others who need to store or move the things they own.

Five Tips for Reducing Clothing Wrinkles During Removals

No one wants to arrive at their new home with a pile of wrinkled clothing that needs to be ironed, but luckily, there are ways to keep the wrinkles at bay during the removals process. While preparing and packing, keep these clever tips in mind:

1. Consider taking laundry.

Don't be afraid to take dirty laundry with you. That way, you don't have to worry about pressing the clothing both before and after the move. Instead, you can simply take it to your new home whilst dirty, and then take it to a dry cleaner at your new location. If you decide to do this, make sure you clearly mark the box so it doesn't get lost or overlooked. Ideally, you shouldn't leave dirty laundry in a box for months on end.

2. Invest in garment boxes.

Even if you move some dirty clothing, it isn't practical to take your whole wardrobe that way. To ensure the rest of your clothing stays as wrinkled-free as possible, consider investing in wardrobe boxes. These boxes feature a bar suspended across the top, and that allows you to move hanging clothes easily.

Buying wardrobe boxes requires a small upfront investment, but in most cases, if you compare that cost to taking the clothes to a dry cleaner after your move, the boxes are well worth the cost. Additionally, you likely don't want to spend hours ironing when you should be focused on unpacking and organising, and a garment box can help you avoid that as well.

3. Cover hanging clothes with bin liners.

If the clothing in the wardrobe box is rubbing against each other during the journey to your new home, it's likely to get wrinkly. To prevent this, leave ample spaces between each outfit. If possible, also consider slipping a plastic bin liner over each outfit. That stops wrinkle-causing friction. Simply flip the bags upside down, and make a small hole in the bottom to accommodate the hanger.

4. Roll casual clothing.

You don't need to hang everything. However, to reduce wrinkles on the rest of the clothing you are packing, consider rolling items. This can work well for t-shirts, jeans, and trousers. Lay these items out flat, and then, roll them up. Alternatively, find shallow wide boxes, and pack these items flat without rolling or folding.

5. Use your car.

If you are worried about garment boxes rattling around in the removalist truck, consider transporting those items on your own. For example, you may want to put wardrobe boxes in the back seat of your car when you can keep an eye on them.