Here’s the best way to pack clothes for the move – Forbes Advisor

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The moving process is overwhelming to say the least. Perhaps even more daunting than getting the furniture ready for a move is figuring out how to pack the clothes for the move, which may explain why most people leave it until the very last minute. Most clothes end up in boxes that stay packed long after the move is over at the end of the day.

As someone who has moved to another country not once but twice, finding the best way to pack clothes for the move was imperative.

Things to do before packing

Folding things up and putting them in suitcases, boxes and whatever else you have will end in epic disaster once the move date comes. In addition to finding inexpensive moving companies to cut your costs, follow these quick tips to help you streamline your packing process later.

Decide what to keep

Take out everything and start dividing up your wardrobe items. It’s time to divide everything into a pile: dungeon, make a donation and to sell. Only keep things that you have worn in the past year and that are still in good condition, or have sentimental value to you.

Donate lightly used clothing that does not qualify for donation. Finally, take this opportunity to sell well-maintained wardrobe items that are trendy, recent, or in high demand but you no longer use. You can have an old fashioned garage sale or sell them in online marketplaces.

Sort clothes

All clothes do not have the same function and do not have the same importance. You can sort items by material, season, rooms, and person. The most effective sorting methods are by season, as you can keep the clutter from building up after you move, as these items usually go deep in the closet and are put away anyway.

Sorting by rooms is easy as it helps you organize the closet better after moving. You will have pants together, shirts together, dresses, etc. But remember to keep everything separate for each person.

Sort each closet individually and be sure to label and identify their boxes and bags, so unpacking is easier for everyone.

Choosing the right method of packaging clothes

Bleeding your clothes and sorting everything is the first step towards moving the clothes. Now that you have everything you will be taking with you, it’s time to think about how you plan to move these items. Fortunately, there are different ways to do this depending on the type of clothing and your wearing method:

  • Cardboard boxes: They are excellent for wrapping folded clothes.
  • Wardrobe boxes: They are great for packing clothes in hangers, so the unpacking process is faster and easier.
  • Suitcases and duffel bags: A great alternative to cardboard boxes that can help pack folded clothes and shoes.
  • Vacuum bags: It’s a great way to condense clothes, especially bulky ones like winter jackets and coats.

Best way to pack loose clothes

The most labor-intensive items to pack for the move are your clothes that don’t change. Anything that is not moved on a hanger should be folded up and placed in a suitcase or moving box.

Another great choice for packing folded clothes is to use one of the folding methods below, leave them in the dresser, and tape the drawers. Using the dresser to carry clothes will save you money on more cardboard boxes.

The way you fold or roll your clothes for packing will make the whole process complicated or difficult. This will save space and reduce the number of containers you will have to pack and move. It will also make it easier to unpack in your new home.

There are many folding methods to consider, but here are some of the more useful folding methods to try:

  • the flat folding method is best for bulky items like jeans and sweaters. This method is best used for packing clothes in cardboard boxes or vacuum bags.
  • The military roll method is best for small or delicate items like shirts and dresses. This method is best used for packing clothes in suitcases or sports bags.

Best way to pack hanging clothes

If possible, try to move as much as your wardrobe in hangers. By far the easiest, wrinkle-free way to transport clothes. Most people have at least one display of clothing hanging in their closet, from dresses and blouses to collared shirts and dress pants. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to pack hanging clothes quickly and easily.

Use a wardrobe box

Although more expensive than other alternatives, wardrobe boxes are specially designed for carrying hanging clothes. They come with a hanger bar that makes it easy to hang any type of clothing inside.

Use drawstring trash bags

A low budget way and arguably the easiest way to move hanging clothes. Use a large drawstring garbage bag to slip your clothes inside while holding the hangers and tighten the cords around the hanger hooks. Another option is to cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag, thread the hanger hooks through the hole, and then secure the hanger hooks with a rubber band or string.

Use clothes bags

For delicate items, it is best to use garment covers to protect them as they can get dirty or damaged during the move. Garment bags can be easily found online or at a local dry cleaner.

How to pack shoes

It can be tempting to toss all of your shoes in a gym bag and move them around that way. However, shoes can quickly lose their shape and get damaged in transit. A little prep work to properly wrap the shoes can save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Fill each shoe with wrapping paper, socks or washcloths to help them keep their shape. Wrap them with wrapping paper to avoid scratches and damage. Depending on how many shoes you own, a small or medium box should suffice.

Another tip for packing moving shoes is to transport them in hard suitcases. This way you can save on moving supplies and the hard case of the bag protects the shoes.

More tips on the best ways to pack clothes for the move

Organizing and packing your clothes is an important part of making your move as stress-free as possible. Remember these moving essentials when getting your clothes ready:

  • Always place heavy items on the bottom of boxes and lighter items on top.
  • Clean clothes before moving to avoid odors and make the unpacking process more manageable.
  • Do not overload the boxes as this can damage them and make them prone to tearing.
  • Take valuable clothes with you, such as those of sentimental or monetary value with you in your car.
  • Keep clothes on hangers when possible.
  • Keep clothes folded in the dresser drawers.
  • Remember to line suitcases and boxes with wrapping paper to protect clothing.
  • Use plastic storage containers to pack clothes you won’t be using soon.
  • Don’t forget to pack a moving bag with the essentials you will need right before and a few days after your move.

Elizabeth J. Harless