Last Updated on February 20, 2023 by Kari-Ann Ryan

When it comes to moving, shoes can take up a lot of space in suitcases and boxes, being that they’re awkwardly-shaped. Some are bulky, others come in a range of shapes and sizes, and some are even dirty.

But regardless of their shape and size, they still need to be packed. Believe it or not, there are some hacks to getting the job done without wasting too much time trying to fit them all in 1-2 boxes.

Check out these shoes packing hacks to save space when moving:

1. Stuff Each Shoe with a Pair of Socks

A lot of shoes will become squished during the move after piling them on top of each other. But if you stuff in a pair of socks into the toes, they’ll be able to maintain their shape during the move. Consider adding another to the shoe if it’s a boot or bigger kind of shoe.

But if you already packed up your socks by the time you read this article, feel free to use plastic wrap or clean packing paper.

2. Pack Fancier Shoes Individually

It might be ok if the old shoes you use to work around the yard or running shoes become scuffed or damaged during the move. But fancy pair of shoes like heels, wedges, loafers, etc. should be packed individually.

Pack them in with wrapping paper so they are snug in place. If you didn’t save the box that came with them, no big deal. Simply pick up some smaller cardboard shoe boxes or plastic bins from the store. It will be well-worth protecting your investment.

3. Tie Sneakers Together

For all shoes with laces, which will probably get tossed into a box, keep them together by tying their laces. Then you won’t be digging through the box trying to find the other one at the last minute, especially if you’re in a hurry.

4. Get Rid of the Shoes You Don’t Wear

What are the chances you have a bunch of pairs of shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn in years? So much that they’re collecting dust. So what’s the point in bringing them with you? Instead of packing them up, organize them into piles of which you want to donate and toss.

There are plenty of organizations in need for lightly worn shoes, including your local Good Will or research Soles 4 Souls to help you figure out where else you can donate them. If they’re not in good condition, you can also recycle them.

5. Pack Essential Shoes Separately

Packing shoes is usually one of the last items to be packed since you never know when you’ll be needing them. It shouldn’t be too hard separating the shoes for everyday use and those for special occasions, so you can start the process perhaps a few weeks before moving day.

Keep in mind that you will probably be wearing gym shoes for moving day , so it’s important to set those aside too. You will also need a few pairs to match with everyday clothes as well as a nice pair to wear out to a fancy dinner.

6. Use Clean Packing Paper

Anyone that uses newspaper or dirty packing paper will end up with stained shoes that will be hard to clean. To keep everything clean, only use clean, white packing paper or even paper towel to wrap and secure your shoes.

7. Keep Shoes Fresh with Tea Bags

Especially for gym shoes and sneakers, leave them out overnight before packing them so they can release any odors. If any still have odors by the next day, you can put them in the freezer to kill any latent bacteria in them. Consider putting them in a plastic bag first.

For extra freshness, slip an unused tea bag into each shoe to keep them smelling nice during the move.

8. Pack Heavier Shoes on the Bottom

When you’re ready to start packing, put the largest, heaviest shoes on the bottom. This will even out the weight and make it a lot easier for the movers to carry. But if you do put any heavy shoes on top of the lighter ones like heels, you will risk damaging the lighter, more delicate pairs.

9. Use Bubble Wrap Instead of Plastic Bags

It can be easy to use plastic bags instead of bubble wrap when packing. But these can easily rip and bubble wrap is a lot more sturdy and adds a lot of protection when packing delicate pairs of shoes.

Use the bubble wrap for heels and buckles and ensuring that dirty shoes don’t come into contact with clean shoes. Just makes sure that all shoes are completely dry to avoid trapping in moisture that leads to mold growth.

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When packing your belongings, it’s important to make sure that nothing will become damaged during the move. So everything will need to be packed carefully to avoid as much damage as possible. You may also want to consider adding on packing services from your moving company (if available) if you are pressed for time or don’t want to deal with the stress altogether.

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