You may feel tempted just to throw your shoes into one big box, especially if you have been packing for hours or days! However, this method can lead to damage to your shoes when you reach your new location. If your shoes are going to be placed in storage, even for the short term, improper packing can lead to mildew and mold growth, leading to total shoe destruction. No one wants to replace their entire shoe collection when they get to their new home. Some shoes can get quite expensive. This is especially true for those designer shoes or medical footwear. To preserve your shoe investment, proper packing of your shoes is key. Here are a few simple steps you can take to pack your shoes properly for your move.
Inspect Your Shoes
Before packing, make sure your shoes are clean and free of moisture. If you pack shoes that are damp, you increase the likelihood of mold or mildew developing and damaging your shoes. If they are damp due to walking in the rain or washing, leave them out to dry. If you are pressed for time, use a hairdryer to dry the inside of your shoe. Silica packs can also be placed inside your shoe to keep them dry if you will be placing your shoes in storage. Once your shoes are clean and dry, they are ready to be packed.
If you have shoes that don’t hold their shape well, you may want to consider inserts that protect the shoe from being crushed. This is a common issue in packing leather shoes that can become dented or lose its shape without support on the inside. Crumpling packing paper and placing it within your shoe can add the much-needed support without expensive inserts. You don’t want to add too much paper, as it could stretch the shoe. However, the proper amount of paper can protect it from collapsing during transport.
Save Your Shoeboxes
Where possible, pack shoes into the matching shoeboxes. It is helpful to save shoeboxes if you move often. If space is limited and you cannot save your shoeboxes, contact a few shoe stores in your city. Ask them if they have any spare shoeboxes that you could use. These boxes will help to prevent the shoes from being crushed during your relocation.
No Shoeboxes? Use Paper
In the absence of shoeboxes, you can use packing paper. Here is how you can use packing paper to pack your shoes securely:
- Take a large sheet of paper, place one of the shoes at one corner and roll it within the paper towards the center.
- When you have reached about halfway, you can put the other shoe in the opposite corner and roll it towards the first shoe.
- Repeat with another pair of shoes until the box is packed.
- Make sure to place packing paper in the gaps to keep the shoes from moving during transport.
Put heavier shoes at the bottom of the box and lighter shoes at the top of the box. Tape the box securely and label the box so you remember where your shoes are located.
If you are moving and need assistance with packing your shoes, contact the moving experts at Bekins Moving Solutions. Call (877) 594-1187 for your free moving quote!