No Mold Zone: Packing and Storing Boots and Shoes for a Long Move

Posted on 04 December, 2017 in Packing , Storage

Most people don't understand the time and care that should go into packing shoes and boots prior to a move. You could damage improperly packed footwear, and if you want to store it for a long time, your footwear could develop mold and mildew. Fight any desire to throw all your shoes into a big box. It doesn't take much time or effort to pack your shoes and boots properly. Keep reading to learn how to organize and pack your shoes and boots for your next move, or even for storage. 

Things You Can Do Prior to Packing

Here's what to do before packing your shoes to keep them in top-notch shape: 

  • Sort your shoes. Go through all your shoes, sandals, boots, and other footwear and decide what you want to keep. This is an excellent opportunity for shoe spring cleaning, whether you decide to donate them to charity, hold a garage sale, or throw out the damaged ones. There is no point to wasting time, energy, and space on shoes you won't wear anymore.
  • Dry your shoes. Make sure that all the shoes that are coming with you to the new location are completely dry, or they will become a fertile ground for mold and mildew. You can put them in the sun for a few hours or use a shoe dryer. Sports shoes, work shoes, and leather shoes can do with some crumpled paper or foot powder inside as an extra measure to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Prepare your shoes. Repair any minor damage or have a shoe repairer make the repairs. Clean dirt or dust off your shoes and remove any pebbles caught in their soles.

Packing Your Shoes and Boots Properly

Here is the best way to pack your shoes and boots once they are ready:

  • Stuff your shoes. Insert clean, crumpled packing paper – not newspaper, which can result in ink transfer – or clean socks inside your shoes so that they maintain their shape. For boots and shoes that go above the ankle, stuff them all the way to the top. Wrap the heels of high heeled shoes in bubble wrap or similar padding.
  • Protect each pair. Keep your pairs of shoes together, so you don't have to waste time matching them up after your move. 
  • Use the original shoe boxes, if you have them. Wrap each shoe in tissue or packing paper, then place the pair back in the shoe box. Stuff the gaps in the box with crumpled paper or other soft padding material. Close and secure the lid to the shoe box with tape or twine.
  • Wrap shoes that don't have shoe boxes. On a piece of packing paper, place one of the shoes on an end of the sheet and roll the shoe until it is completely wrapped. Place the second shoe on the sheet and continue rolling until you have a neat bundle. For boots, wrap each one separately.
  • Box up your shoes. Shoes in shoe boxes and shoes without shoe boxes should go into different moving boxes. In the respective boxes, place the heaviest shoeboxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top, with a sheet of packing paper between the heavy shoes and the lighter shoes. Don't try to cram the shoes in or force them to fit. Fill in the gaps in the moving boxes with crumpled paper or other padding material.
  • Don't crush your shoes. When arranging or stacking boxes, avoid putting heavy things on top of the moving boxes containing your shoes. Also, avoid overloading the moving boxes. Not only will this make them heavy and harder to move, but shoes may be crushed by their own weight.
  • Secure your moving boxes. Tape or tie up the boxes and label with permanent marker. If you have separate boxes for different seasons - for example, "winter shoes," label them accordingly so you know which ones you can unpack later.

Easy Packing Tips 

Here are some additional packing tips to make your move easier: 

  • Use a closet door shoe hanger hack. If you don't have many shoes, you could place them in a closet door shoe hanger and fold it carefully.
  • Seasonal vs. non-seasonal shoes. Pack your non-seasonal shoes away first and load them into the moving truck first, so they are one of the last things you unpack. The shoes you are likely to wear soon after your move should be one of the things you load last, so you can unpack and wear them right away. 
  • Use a professional packing service. Many professional movers offer packing services so you can spend more time on the logistics of your move and other important things. They can also offer great advice on how to pack various items for your move.

When you take the time to properly pack your shoes, you'll have one less thing to worry about during and after your move. 

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