How to Pack Your Clothes when Moving

Have you ever wondered how to pack your clothes when moving? Packing your clothes can be one of the easiest steps of the moving process if you do it right.  The first step to packing your clothing is to start early.  The best time to organize your wardrobe is as soon as you know you are moving.  This is the perfect time to sort through your belongings.

Clean Out Your Closethow to pack your clothes when moving

When going through your closets ask yourself:

  • Does this fit?
  • Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
  • Have I worn this is the last year?
  • Is this currently in style?
  • Do I love this?

If you answered “No” to any of the questions above, it’s time to say good bye and decide whether to sell, donate or toss the item. Remember the goal is to declutter and purge the items you no longer need or use.   Place them into piles of “Keep”, “Sell” and “Donate”.  Make sure that the articles you decide to keep you really want and need.

Organize What You are Moving

Once you have pared down your wardrobe it’s time to organize the clothing you are keeping.  You can pack some of your effects long before moving day.  The first items you should pack are belongings that are seasonal.  For example, if you are moving in the summer pack your wintry weather clothing.

After that you can organize the rest of your clothes in whatever way works for you.  Consider some of the following options:

  • Style – Sweaters, Pants, Dresses, Jackets, etc.…
  • Function – Work clothes, Weekend Clothes, Fitness Clothes, etc.…
  • Color
  • Odds and ends – bags, belts, ties, scarves, etc.…

Put Aside what you will Wear During Your Move

Unless you plan on packing and unpacking your clothes on moving day, make sure not to have the clothes you need during your relocation packed with the rest of your garments.  Decide what you will wear on moving day.  Set aside the items you will need immediately upon arrival to your new residence, so make sure some towels, undergarments and pajamas are packed separately and you have them with you.

Invest in Wardrobe Boxes

Utilizing wardrobe boxes is the easiest and most efficient way to pack hanging clothes for moving.   You can transfer your clothes from the closet directly to the boxes in minutes, hanging them on the metal rod located in the box.  Wardrobe boxes provide excellent protection from dust and dirt and keep your garments wrinkle free.  This packing method is perfect for suits, dresses, formal clothing, dress shirts etc.  Utilize all the space in a wardrobe box.  Consider placing some items at the bottom of the box such as belts, socks, handbags, etc.…

Use Dresser Drawers and Luggage

There is nothing easier than leaving your clothes in dresser drawers.  This will save you time and space.  If they don’t weigh the dresser down too much, simply secure them with stretch wrap and have your mover pack and load the furniture with the clothing still inside.

Suitcases are meant to hold clothes and are easy to move around.  Save money on boxes and put some clothes you don’t mind having folded in suitcases.

Pack Clothes in Garbage Bags or Vacuum Bags

A budget friendly option for packing clothes is using garbage bags and vacuum bags.  Garbage bags can be used to cover your clothes.  All you need to do is cut a hole in the bottom of the bag and pull the bag over the clothes.  Tie a knot at the bottom and keep the hangers together with a twist tie.

Vacuum seal bags can hold a large amount of clothes compared to normal bags.  With the air taken out of the bag, they shrink down and take up very little space.

Both garbage bags and vacuum bags are simple, although may not be as useful as they may seem.  They rip easily providing little protection against damage.  Also, they are slippery and difficult to keep in place.

Pack your Shoes Separately

Just like clothing, sort your shoes to determine which ones to keep, sell, donate or throw away.  Throwing your shoes in a box may be the fastest way to pack them, but it is not the most effective.  You need to prepare them for the move.

Lightly clean your shoes to remove any dirt.

Use shoeboxes if you have them, you can stack them in a larger moving box.

If you do not have shoeboxes, stuff your shoes with crumpled paper or socks to help them keep their shape and prevent crushing.  Wrap your shoes in clean paper or cloth before placing them in a box to avoid scuffing and bruising.   Remember to always pack your shoes in pairs.  Pack heavy shoes first and avoid pressing or smashing which may cause damage to their surface.

Clearly Label Everything

The key to finding your clothing quickly is labeling all your packed boxes correctly and clearly. What room should the box go to?  What is inside the box? Which bedroom or closet do the contents belong in?  Knowing what is inside will be helpful to both you and the mover when unloading the moving truck and unpacking.