How to Pack Clothing for a Move

When planning a residential move, it’s easy to leave specific tasks until the end. After all, you’ve got a lot on your to-do list, from disassembling furniture to carefully wrapping breakable items to keep them safe.

It’s all too easy to leave the contents of your dresser and closet until the end. Unfortunately, that means your clothes are thrown haphazardly in boxes — then come out at the other end of the move wrinkled and musty.

Fortunately, some methods can help keep your garments fresh and damage-free. Read on for clothes-packing tips to ease your next move.

Curate Your Collection

A move is a perfect time to go through your closet and get rid of any clothes you no longer need. Sort your clothing and identify items you won’t wear anymore, such as

  • Damaged or stained pieces
  • Items that haven’t fit or you haven’t worn for a year
  • Clothing that’s outdated or no longer fits your style
  • Garments that feel uncomfortable

Donate clothing that’s still wearable. If an item is damaged, don’t throw it away. Most textiles are recyclable, so keep them out of landfills.

Bag and Hanger Method

Now that you’ve pared down your wardrobe, how do you decide the best way to pack it all up? The bag and hanger method is one of the easiest ways to pack a closet.

Leaving your garments on their hangers, slide several pieces close together. Next, open a drawstring garbage bag. Slip the opening over the bottom of the hanging clothing.

Bring the bag up to the top and tie the drawstring securely around the necks of the hangers. Leave the hooks out. The bagged clothing can be left on the hanger until you’re ready to load the moving truck. Transfer the hanging clothes bags to moving cartons to make them easier to transport.

Pro tip: If your hanging clothing is delicate, use a garment bag instead of a garbage bag. Secure the hanger hooks with a twist tie or rubber band.

Wardrobe Box Method

When hanging garments need more protection, use a wardrobe box. These large, sturdy boxes have a hanger bar built right in.

Leave your delicate clothing on their hangers, and transfer them directly into the wardrobe box. Place pillows or light comforters below the clothes if you need extra packing space for these items. Make sure you don’t put heavy items in the box since it is already large and loading it with heavy things will make it challenging to carry.

 Suitcase Method

Suitcases and duffel bags are designed to transport clothing. So, why not use them when you’re moving, too?

Start by neatly folding bulky clothing, such as jeans, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Then stack the folded items into piles and layer them in the suitcase. If you have vacuum-sealing bags, this is the perfect time to use them.

Smaller, light items, such as t-shirts, can be rolled. The so-called “ranger roll” method saves space and helps prevent wrinkles.

Dresser Drawer Method

If your clothes are already neatly folded and stacked (or rolled) in your dresser, you can leave them where they are. Then on moving day, remove each drawer and wrap it with plastic wrap to keep clothing in place.

When you arrive in your new home, simply remove the wrap. Then the drawers can go right back into your dresser, clothes intact!

Moving Tips

These tips can help you move your clothing without fear of damage. Contact us for a quote. We can help make your entire move a success.

Moving? Tips for Packing Your First-Night Moving Kit

A “first-night” moving kit contains all of the necessary items you will need upon arrival at your new home. Most people use this kit to lower stress and avoid scurrying through boxes to find things they may need during the first night in their new home.

First-night kits make your life so much easier during a hectic household move. Here are some top tips for how to pack one.

Choose Your Box

You can use a suitcase, plastic container, or cardboard box to gather your necessities. If needed, use more than one container or a variety of box types. For instance, each family member may have a designated box or backpack with essential items. In addition, you may have a general box that contains household-specific items. Having all of your necessities together in one spot before you unpack is critical. 

Select Items Carefully

Consider the things you’ll probably need for each family member on arrival. Don’t forget; you’ll need to remember items for each household member or furry friend. Common items people need include:

  • Pajamas for each individual
  • First day’s clothes for each person
  • Basic cleaning supplies, including mop, broom, dustpan
  • Sheets, pillowcases, and blankets
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower curtain, hooks, and bathroom mat
  • Soaps for kitchen and bathroom
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Bowls, food, bedding, and toys for pets
  • Special toys or sleep items for children
  • Paper and plastic products for meals
  • Reusable water bottles, sippy cups, and baby bottles
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Electronics and chargers

These are a few of the common types of items people pack. Consider having a separate cooler or backpack for your consumables. This is helpful if you have a long car ride ahead of you.

Watch Out for Restricted Items

Movers are not permitted to transport certain types of items. If your kit must go on the truck, ensure it doesn’t contain things they won’t be allowed to take. Always ask your professional mover ahead of time about any prohibited or restricted items they cannot place on the truck. Then, if you need them, you have time to make other arrangements.

Make Your Kit Accessible

One of the most important things to arrange is to keep your first-night moving kit accessible. Ideally, you want to bring it with you in your vehicle. However, if you have a large household or small car that can’t fit your kit, label it “FIRST-NIGHT” and then ask your mover to load it on the truck last, so it’s the first thing off.

Making Moving Easy!

One of the best things about a moving kit is that you have what you need when you need it. You don’t have to worry about digging through boxes. Not having essential items accessible costs you more money, adds stress and wastes valuable time looking for things.

For a free quote, contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions about relocation.