Even if you do not share Carrie Bradshaw’s obsession with shoes, you probably do not want to damage or destroy the shape of your shoes when you are moving home. But here’s the deal – you don’t really need to be an expert packer to properly pack your shoes for a relocation. Still, it will be much easier for you if you just rely on an all-round home removal service in London and leave such annoying tasks to the trained professionals. If you prefer to handle the entire packing process yourself, however, pay some special attention to your footwear and make sure you have the following supplies:
- Moving boxes;
- Packing paper;
- Socks or more packing paper;
- Packing tape;
- A black marker;
But packing is not all about the materials. You will also need to rely on a few packing tricks such as the ones we are about to reveal to you right now!
Throw away your old shoes
This is a rule to which you should stick regardless of the category of items you are packing. By getting rid of the shoes you no longer wear, you will avoid wasting money on packing and transporting something that you will sooner or later throw away. Take a close look at your shoe collection and say goodbye to everything that you have not worn over the past two years.
To remove moisture in the shoes
Even if you don’t have sweaty feet, the shoes you have worn recently will certainly contain some moisture. Therefore, before you pack them, let them breathe for a while by putting them on the balcony or in the garden. However, do not place your footwear under direct sunlight as that may damage its surface or to discolour it.
To preserve the shape of the shoe
Stuff each of your shoes with crumpled paper. In that way, they will not lose their shape during the moving process. Still, do make sure that the paper you use is clean and dry. Also, do not put too much paper in the shoe as that may form bulges and instead of preserving its shape you may actually end up damaging it. If you do not have enough packing paper, you can use socks.
To protect the surface of the shoe
Once you have stuffed your shoes, you will need to wrap them. For that purpose, you can again use packing paper. Start by wrapping each shoe separately and then wrap together the two shoes of a pair. That will protect them from scuffs and it will allow you to quickly unpack and organise them later.
Box or no box – that is the question
If you still keep the original boxes in which you have purchased your shoes, use them. If you do not just add two or three more layers of packing paper when you are wrapping the separate pairs. No matter whether you have used shoes boxes or not, you will need to pack your wrapped and packed pairs of shoes in a moving box. That will make them easier to move and to load on the truck. Don’t forget to tape the box well and to label it.