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Moving can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to packing your wardrobe.

With the right strategies and tips on the best way to pack clothes for a move, you can streamline the process and ensure your clothes arrive at your new home in perfect condition.

Check out our comprehensive guide on how to pack clothes for a move!

Preparing for the Move: Organize, Donate, Sell

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Before you even start packing, it’s crucial to go through your clothes and decide what to keep, donate, or sell. Here’s how to get started:

  • Organize: Sort your clothes into categories—everyday wear, seasonal items, formal wear, and accessories. This will give you a clear picture of what you have and what is best to keep, and it will help with the packing process.
  • Donate: Identify clothes you no longer wear but are still in good condition. Local charities and thrift stores are great places to donate gently-worn items.
  • Sell: Consider selling high-quality or designer pieces via online platforms like eBay or Poshmark or in local consignment shops.

By decluttering your wardrobe, you’ll reduce the amount of stuff to pack, help determine your packing supply needs, and even earn some extra cash!

Choosing the Right Packing Method

Selecting the appropriate packing materials and methods and gathering supplies can make a significant difference when moving day arrives:

  • Hangers: Decide how to pack hanging clothes and what to keep on hangers. For a short move, garment bags can protect hanging clothes. For longer moves, it might be better to pack clothing in boxes to save space.
  • Boxes: Use sturdy cardboard boxes or plastic bins for folded clothing, smaller personal and fragile items, and shoes. Wardrobe boxes, which come with a hanging bar, are ideal for hanging clothes and outerwear.
  • Packaging Tape: Invest in high-quality packing tape to secure boxes. Reinforce the bottom of each box to prevent it from breaking under the weight of your clothes.
  • Luggage: Don’t forget your own suitcases, duffel bags, and garment bags as a great way to pack and transport a lot of clothing items.

How to Pack Clothes When Moving

To help the unpacking process, consider packing your clothing by category – either seasonal or “type.” Boxes labeled “spring,” “jeans,” or “winter sweaters” will make things much easier when settling into your new home.

1) Best Way to Pack Non-Hanging Clothes:

  • Folded Clothes: Neatly fold items like T-shirts, tops, sweaters, and pants to maximize space when packing. Use the “army roll” method (see below!) for efficiency.
  • Delicate Items: Wrap delicate clothing items in tissue paper or plastic bags to protect them from damage and pack with care.
  • Layering: Place heavier items, like jeans, at the bottom of the moving box and lighter pieces, like T-shirts, on top.

2) Best Way to Pack Hanging Clothes

  • Wardrobe Boxes: Transfer clothes directly from your closet to the wardrobe box, keeping them on hangers. Bonus tip: Keep in mind an overloaded wardrobe box gets heavy and cumbersome, but the space at the bottom is a great spot to tuck shoes, bags, umbrellas, puffy jackets, or other small, lightweight items.
  • Trash Bags: As a budget-friendly alternative to wardrobe boxes, use trash bags to protect clothes from dust and dirt in transit. Cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag to pull hangers through, then tie the open end.

3) Best Way to Pack Shoes & Handbags

  • Shoes: Tossing shoes in a bag or box can leave them smashed and damaged. Put expensive or delicate footwear in their own shoe boxes. Alternatively, wrap each shoe in packing paper or bubble wrap to prevent scuffs. Stuff boots with socks or packing paper to keep their shape. Pack heavier shoes at the bottom of a mid-size moving box with lighter pairs on top.
  • Handbags: Stuff handbags with paper to maintain their shape. Close zippers and clasps, then wrap them in bubble wrap or cloth to protect them from scratches. Put small or fragile handbags in individual boxes. Pack handbags in larger moving boxes with soft items or bubble wrap to provide cushioning.

What is an Army Roll?

The army roll, also known as the ranger roll, is a space-saving folding technique that also helps prevent wrinkles:

  1. Lay the garment flat and smooth out any wrinkles.
  2. Button or zip the garment closed.
  3. Fold sleeves across the chest (long sleeves should overlap near the center).
  4. Fold the bottom a few inches up to create a cuff. Smooth out any wrinkles.
  5. Fold the garment inward into thirds lengthwise.
  6. Roll the garment tightly from the top (neck) down to the cuff.
  7. Flip the cuff over the rolled garment to secure it.

When to Start Packing

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Start packing non-essential items at least a month in advance.

Gradually work your way towards daily essentials. A week before the big day, pack the clothes you won’t need until after the move. This staged approach minimizes last-minute stress.

Keep out what you’ll wear on moving day (think comfort, safety, and layers), and pack a separate bag with essentials for your first night in your new home.

Can You Leave Clothes in a Dresser?

You can often leave clothes in a dresser if you’re moving locally and the furniture is sturdy.

For long-distance moves, it’s usually best to empty the drawers to prevent damage to both the furniture and your clothes.

Always check with your moving company for their policies and recommendations.

Will Movers Pack Clothes for You?

Many professional moving companies offer packing services that include packing your clothes.

This service comes at an additional cost but can save you a lot of time and effort when moving into a new home. Check with your moving company about their specific services and fees.

Following these wardrobe packing tips will ensure that your clothes are well-organized and protected during your move, making the transition to your new home as smooth as possible.

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Happy moving!