How to Pack Clothes for Moving Properly

Moving day is fast approaching, and you’ve taken care of all the big, bulky stuff. Now it’s time to tackle the closets and dressers. What a huge job! It’s amazing how much clothing we collect. Does the thought of filling suitcases, boxes and bags seem overwhelming? Packing clothes, when done right, is an easy task and will take up much less room than you think.

The best way to pack your clothing for moving is with lots of preparation. Start a week before the big day, so you don’t have to rush last minute. When you have enough time to pack everything comfortable, your clothes will make the journey without any issues. The movers will handle the boxes of clothes easily and efficiently. After the move, you can fill up your new closet without having to refold it again.

Here are some useful tips on how to pack clothes for moving:

Get rid of clothes you don’t need after moving.

Moving is the perfect time to sort through your clothes and see what you want to take with you. We all tend to hold onto things, even if they don’t fit or are not in style anymore. Take this opportunity to extract what doesn’t serve you anymore.

Make a donation box and fill it with clothes that are in good enough shape for someone else to use. Include any clothing your kids have grown out of or items that don’t fit the new climate you are moving to. Worn or torn items should get thrown away, or you can use them for wrapping fragile items. Now you know how many clothes you have to pack.

Organize the clothes.

While you are pulling out clothing items, take the time to organize them according to family members and season. Off-season items can be packed ahead of time, so if you aren’t going to wear them in the next few months, box them up early.

The great idea is to group clothing according to size because it makes it easier to fit in boxes when you match up items. Small pieces fit into boxes easily, while longer items pack together better. While organizing, launder any clothing before packing because it can get a little stuffy if it has been hiding in the back of the closet for a while.

Assemble your packing supplies.

Moving clothing will take several packaging options to fit everything, and unless you have 20 suitcases, you will need a variety. Here are some suggestions:

  • Suitcases: Utilize these for folded clothes, shoes and any delicate pieces. These are specifically made to move to clothes.
  • Wardrobe Boxes: Wardrobe boxes are ideal for hanging suits and dresses and allow you to keep longer clothes wrinkle-free.
  • Carry Bags: Everyone has duffle bags, knapsacks and gym bags. Utilize these bags for smaller items like socks and underwear or even shoes.
  • Vacuum Bags: If you have any of these reusable storage bags, you can compress several pieces of clothing at once.
  • Garment Bags: Garment bags are perfect for clothes you want to keep on hangers and offer great protection during the move.
  • Cardboard Boxes: This tried, and true moving box can house everything, including your clothes. Just make sure to label them as clothing, so they don’t end up in the garage by mistake.

Keep your clothes in the drawers and secure each drawer with plastic wrap. It saves time and protects your clothes.

Fold the clothes.

Although you can stow hanging clothes in your wardrobe bag, everything else is a folded item. You may have certain techniques for folding clothing to put on your shelves and drawer, but for moving, here are the best methods.

  • Flat Fold: The flat fold is a basic method of laying out your clothing and folding it inward. It looks like the clothing at a department store. It is fast and efficient with minimal effort.
  • Bundles: The bundle method involves laying out a large garment and layering smaller pieces. Start with a jacket and spread it out on a flat surface. Then lay a bunch of clothing flat on top. When you got a good-sized bundle, wrap the coat around it and stack it in a box.
  • Military Roll: The military roll is very popular and requires no special origami skills. You simply lay out clothing, fold in the sleeves and roll tight. This keeps things from getting too wrinkled and saves a tonne of space.
  • KonMari Method: If you haven’t seen Marie Kondo on tv, she is an incredible organizer. The way she folds clothes is next level and perfect for moving. It will allow you to fit lots of clothing in your packing boxes, and when you get to your new home, you can continue this method for the perfect, organized closet.

Pack extra clothes.

Finally, you need to ensure you have enough clothes to wear for the last few days. Most of your house will be packed and ready to go, but keep a duffle bag for the last few items. You will have:

  • Pyjamas
  • Underwear
  • Work clothes
  • Lounge wear
  • Socks
  • Towels

This should get you through the last days, and then they can be put into your bag at the last minute. Any dirty items should be put in a small garbage bag before packing.