How to Pack Wardrobe Boxes for your Move

One of our branded Wardrobe BoxesWardrobe boxes provide a convenient way to move and store hanging clothes such as dresses, button down shirts, suits, and trousers without having to remove these items from their hangers.  Sure, you could pack all of your hanging clothes into linen boxes, but be prepared for a pretty hefty dry cleaning bill or a few hours of time with the old iron and ironing board. This article details how to best pack a wardrobe box for your upcoming move.

Wardrobes boxes come in several different sizes and types. There are in fact three types of wardrobes:

1)      Standard Wardrobe Box – This is the most useful type of wardrobe box that this article will concentrate on.  The two most common sizes of this box have widths of 18 inches or 24 inches. This box comes with an accompanying bar that hangers latch to.

2)      Short Wardrobe Box – This box is very similar to the standard wardrobe box, except (you guessed it), it’s shorter. This will hold button down shirts, polo shirts, and trousers hanging, but is not to tall enough to fit dresses and other long hang items.

3)      Lay Down Wardrobe Box – This is really not a wardrobe box for our intents and purposes. It is a wide flat box that you can put clothing into lying down.  Clothes do not hang in this box, and it cannot really fit much.

In almost all cases the Standard Wardrobe box is the most useful type to use.  When you buy the box make sure that hanging rods are included. Otherwise you will be required to purchase them separately. Assembling the box is pretty straight forward. Pop the box from flat to square and fold in the 4 bottom flaps to create a solid bottom. Put a couple of layers of tape on the bottom and stand the box up. The rod then can then be installed in the appropriate slot. Ensure that the rod is securely anchored or it could fall, causing clothing that you hang to fall to the bottom of the box during transport.

Once you have the box assembled go into your closet and determine what clothes you are keeping and what you are donating. Moving is a perfect time to get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in years that take up a lot of space in your closet. Then sort your hanging clothes by type. This can be done by season, such as summer clothes, winter clothes, etc. Or even more simply group dresses together, shirts together, pants together etc.

Once you have your closet organized, move the wardrobe box that you constructed nearby to the closet. Observe the width of the wardrobe box and take a bunch of clothes of similar width and place them hanging into the box.  Keep all items on their hangers. Hang this clothing from the rod in the wardrobe box and push the clothing to one side as you load.

You want to make sure that you don’t over stuff the box. The box should be full, but you shouldn’t be trying to squeeze a few additional articles to the point that the box is crammed. Once all the boxes are filled, fold over the top front and back. Tape the seams and around the top section of the box. Use a black marker to label the boxes with the type of clothing you put into each box. If you proceed in this manner you will most likely have a couple wardrobe boxes of button down shirts, a few of polo shirts, a few of dresses, etc. These boxes are now ready to go.

When moving wardrobe boxes they should be loaded into the moving truck in an upright position. Be careful not to put heavy cartons or other heavy items on top of wardrobes because this could cause the box top to collapse. Make sure the boxes stay dry so they maintain their structural integrity.

Once the wardrobe boxes are unloaded from the moving truck, they can be used to temporarily store the clothes until you have time to unpack them. Then when you are ready to organize your new closet, since you spent time organizing and labeling your wardrobe boxes, the process will be streamlined and simple.

If you would like to get a visual of how to pack Wardrobe boxes check out our Wardrobe Box Packing Video Below. Also if you live in FL or MA and want to purchase some Wardrobe boxes or other moving supplies you can purchase them at our online store.


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Cambridge Move Parking Permit

Example of Cambridge Parking Permit Sign

This Spot is Reserved for your Move.

If you’re reading this you’re probably moving to or from Cambridge shortly. Some people think that Cambridge is a part of Boston, but we can assure you it’s an independent city. Therefore it has its own process of obtaining a move day parking permit. Cambridge is a densely populated urban area and parking is often an issue. Although in general finding parking for a moving truck in Cambridge is not nearly as difficult as it is in parts of Boston like the North End and Beacon Hill, parking in certain parts can pose a serious challenge. There are two major reasons to think about getting what the city calls a “Moving Van Permit” for your move. Most moving companies that perform local moves in Cambridge charge based on the amount of time the move takes. Therefore getting a reserved parking spot for the moving truck near your building will help reduce the cost of your move by reducing the amount of time it takes. Secondly, if the truck has to double park or park illegally it will most likely result in a ticket which you will most likely have to pay for.

The good news is that DN Van Lines, a local Cambridge moving company, can take care of the parking permits for you at a reasonable cost. Since we perform moves in Cambridge on a daily basis, we know how to make sure your Cambridge moving truck parking permit is handled correctly.

Still, if you decide to it on your own, below is all the information you need to know on how to obtain a Parking Permit in the City of Cambridge:

Where to Obtain the Permit:

Building where you get parking permit.

New Cambridge City Hall Annex

Cambridge City Hall Annex
Traffic, Parking & Transportation Dept.
Street Occupancy Permit Division
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department in Cambridge is in a large brick building newly constructed in 2003.  It’s hard to miss but to avoid any possible confusion take a look to the right for a picture of the building itself.

Boston only lets you to get parking permits in person. Somerville adds the option of applying by mail. But Cambridge goes a step further and allows you to apply for the application online. This is an extremely convenient way of getting a Cambridge street occupancy permit for your move, yet we still recommend you going to get it in person. If you do want to get it online follow this link.

When to Obtain the Permit:

The first thing you want to know about getting a parking permit for your move in Cambridge is that all applications must be submitted at least 4 business days in advance of the move. Business days do not include weekends and holidays. This is true whether you are doing it online or in person. Once you hand in your application and pay your fees you will get a physical permit to hold on to but you do not get signs to post yourself. Instead the city posts the signs for you. A city official will post your parking permit signs 48 hours prior to your move date and make sure that ample space will be available to park your moving van for easy access to your property.

Take care of this ahead of time as the city of Cambridge takes its time stipulations seriously. Keep in mind that the office closes early on Friday. And don’t get to the office at the last minute. All applications submitted in the last half hour of a day count as if they were submitted the next day. The Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department keeps the following hours:

Monday:  8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Tue – Thu: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Fridays: 8:30 AM to Noon
Weekends: Closed

How Much It Costs:

You will be happy to know that Cambridge is one of the least expensive places to get a parking permit in the entire state of Massachusetts. If you need an area of 50 feet or less reserved to park your moving truck then the cost of the permit is only $25.00. If you need more than 50 feet reserved then the cost doubles to $50.00.

If you are going to reserve space in front of a parking meter you will be paying an additional $10 per parking meter head per day. Make sure to write down the meter head numbers that you will be parking in front prior to going to the get the permit as they will be required during the application process.

For payment the city will accept credit card, debit card, or E-check online and those forms as well as cash in person. The last thing to keep in mind is that you will pay a permit fee for each day and for each location you reserve. So if you reserve to locations for two days, you owe for permit fees.

Other Things to Know Before Your Move:

If you need to change the date, time, or location of your permit, make sure you do so before the signs are posted. Once they have been posted no changes will be accepted unless due to extreme weather conditions. Also keep in mind that the space you reserve needs to account for the ramp that you will be unloading the truck with. Side ramps that block the sidewalk are strictly forbidden.  As an additional convenience moving trucks can be kept on the street overnight if parking space is reserved for two consecutive days.

On The Day of the Move:

It is smart to check the reserved parking space early the day of your move to make sure that someone isn’t still parked there. If you find vehicles parked there when your moving truck is about to arrive you should call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-330 and give them your location information along with the information on the physical permit you obtained. An officer will be dispatched to the scene and will attempt to contact the vehicle owner first to give them a chance to move their vehicle. As a last resort the vehicle will be towed to clear your reserved parking area. This process can take an hour or more so it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of lead time.

After The Move:

After the move is complete make sure to take down the signs you posted, the city will not do the for you. Also make sure to clean the area for moving debris and trash so that you do not get fined by the City of Cambridge.

Somerville Move Parking Permit

City of Somerville Moving Sign

City of Somerville Sign

Who wouldn’t want to move to Somerville? It’s a city with a lot of charm and character with easy access to Boston. The better question is, “how do I make my move to Somerville bearable?” One of the biggest stresses when you move is finding parking space for the moving truck. Although in general finding parking in Somerville is not nearly as difficult as it is in parts of Boston like the North End and Beacon Hill, parking in certain parts of Somerville can be a real nightmare. There are two major reasons to think about getting what the city calls a “Moving Van / No Parking Sign” for your move. Most moving companies performing a local move in Somerville or the vicinity charge based on an hourly rate. Therefore getting a parking spot for the moving truck near your building is vital in reducing the amount of hours your move takes. Secondly, if the truck has to double park or park illegally it will most likely result in a ticket which you will be left paying for.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you want avoid this time consuming process, DN Van Lines, a local Somerville moving company, can obtain and post the parking permits for you for a reasonable cost. Since we perform moves in Somerville on a daily basis, we know what we’re doing when it comes to Somerville moving truck parking permits.

Still, if you decide to it on your own, below is all the information you need to know on how to obtain a Parking Permit in the City of Somerville:

Where to Obtain Somverville Permit:

Somerville Traffic & Parking Dept

Traffic and Parking Dept

City of Somerville MA
Department of Traffic and Parking
133 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02143

The Dept of Traffic and Parking in Somerville is not as swanky as that of other cities around Boston. It is a single level brick building next to a playground with an overhead rolling gate on the front door. It does have a large sign on it letting you know you’re at the right place. To avoid any possible confusion take a look at the picture of the front of the building.

There is one major difference between Somerville and Boston when it comes to acquiring move day parking permits. You don’t actually have to go in person. The City allows you to fill out an application form and send it to the address above along with payment to acquire the parking permits via snail mail. A copy of the Somverville moving van parking permit application can be found here.

When to Obtain the Move Day Permit:

If you’re going to purchase the move day parking permit in the mail it must reach the Traffic and Parking department at least 4 days prior to when you what the parking reserved. They recommend sending out the application at least 2 weeks in advance of your move date. If you decide to apply early, permits requested by mail will be available for pickup within ten days after the application is received.

In order to avoid the common excuse of “the paperwork must have been lost in the mail” and the chaos that is sure to follow, we strongly suggest getting applying for the parking permit in person. Parking permits which are applied for in person are processed and produced immediately meaning you don’t have to wait! The city requires you to post signs at least 48 hours prior to your move date so plan on going to get the move day permits at least 3 days in advance. The Somerville Traffic and Parking department keeps the following hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Fridays: 9:00 AM to Noon

How Much a Somverville Parking Permit Costs:

Somerville charges a minimum permit for of $40 per day. If you need parking space for you moving truck for more than a day, you will have to pay $40 for each day. The “Moving Van / No Parking” signs themselves cost $5.00 a piece. The city requires one sign for each 10 feet you are reserving. Most moving trucks are 20 to 30 feet so plan on getting at least 2 signs, but most likely 3.

If you are going to reserve space in front of a parking meter space prepare for some steep additional fees. Each meter you take up with your reserved parking will cost you $35 per day. In addition to this you will have to pay a onetime $35 meter bagging fee (regardless of how many meters). Given all of this you can spend well over $100 getting a parking permit for your move. Although this seems like a lot, it is still worth it and will save you money in the long run.

Other Things to Know Before Your Move:

Just like in Boston, you must post the Somerville parking permit signs at least 48 hours in advance of your move. If you do not, then vehicles parked in your reserved parking will not be towed. You can only reserve legal parking spaces for your move, not just any space where a moving truck can park. Certain narrow streets that will not have 12 feet of passage space if a moving truck is parked on them are barred from move day parking permit parking. If a tractor-trailer is being used on your move, the trailer must remain attached to the tractor to avoid violating the city’s “Unattached Trailer Ordinance.”

On The Day of your Somerville Move:

It is smart to check the reserved parking spots early the day of your move to make sure they have are clear of vehicles. If you find vehicles parked there when your moving truck arrives you should call the Somerville Police Non-Emergency Hotline at 617-625-1212 and give them your information and they will dispatch an officer. Keep in mind that the officer will attempt to contact the vehicle owner first to give them a chance to move their vehicle. If he can not reach them then a tow truck will be dispatched. This process can take an hour or more so it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of lead time.

After the Move:

After the move is complete make sure to take down the signs you posted. They are only effective during the time you requested them. Make sure to clean the area for moving debris and trash so that you do not get fined by the City of Somerville.