It is not easy to pack and move all the clothes you have. A little organization and the right techniques will show you how to pack clothes for moving the best way. Prior to the packing process, you will have to figure out which items you should keep, get rid of or donate. We’ve gathered some effective packing methods that will simplify the moving process.
- Go through your stuff
Give yourself enough time before moving day to properly go through all of your clothing and sort pieces that are outdated, too big or small, worn out, torn or not your style anymore. This takes a lot of time but will help be sure that you are not moving (and paying for) the pieces that you no longer need. During this process, place the clothing in three separate piles: one for donation, one to keep and the other will be the items that you will get rid of.
- Launder and organize your clothing for moving
Before you pack your clothing and wardrobe items, make sure they are clean and free of stains. Wash all of your things and let them dry completely before folding or hanging them. Then organize clothing by season or/and family member. This will allow you to only have to unpack what you and your family need immediately where you can then store the rest of your belongings or set them aside.
- Packing and Labeling everything
Start packing off-season clothing well in advance, this is clothing you won’t be using within three months of your moving date. Label these boxes, so you know that these don’t need to be unpacked right away. When you are storing them for longer than a couple of months, make sure to protect the garments from moisture and unwanted pests. Items such as suitcases, wardrobe boxes, storage containers, and small-to-medium-sized boxes are great for holding your clothes.You can also make things easier for yourself by labeling all your boxes and/or bags. You can keep some items in your dresser too, but tape the section where the slots are located to prevent them from opening up during the move. You can also pack your clothing in garbage bags or vacuum-sealed bags, which is a great lightweight and portable option for moving. When you’re moving short distance, hanging clothes can be piled onto a cart or draped over a box right on the hanger. Just be sure to tie hangers together and move them in small groups. Cover each group completely with garbage bags or sheets to protect it.
Remember that clothing is heavy, use smaller boxes or totes for it. Start packing off-season clothing well in advance. This is clothing you won’t be using within three months of your moving date. Label these boxes, so you know that these don’t need to be unpacked right away. When you are storing them for longer than a couple of months, make sure to protect the garments from moisture and unwanted pests.
- Sell and donate
If you have time and it’s a nice time of year, you can also try to sell some of your items at a yard sale before you move. You can also sell your things online or give it to charity.
Moving clothes is not a task a lot of people enjoy. The good news is, some of these methods can be done at the last minute without damaging your clothes. Before starting to pack your clothes for moving, give yourself some time to read this guide and plan accordingly to have less work for yourself.