Packing clothes is not the most fun aspect of moving. It is easy to procrastinate on it and underestimate the work involved, leaving it until the last minute. But if you’ve ever tried that, you will know packing clothes can be WORK.
With a bit of organization, though, and following some best practices to simplify the task, you will find the whole process of organizing and moving your fashion wardrobe isn’t as stressful as it otherwise would be. Professional movers and packers can come in handy, but if you’re going the DIY route, this article sheds light on some effective packing strategies that will streamline your wardrobe-moving process.
Step 1: Organize, Declutter & Launder the Clothes
Fashion pieces are sensitive items. Make a point of cleaning the clothing and removing any stains first thing before you start packing your wardrobe.
Wash any items that could do with some cleaning – it’s always a good idea to pack clothes when they’re spick and span to prevent issues like molding. Then dry them completely before packing away.
Now is also the best time to assess your entire closet and figure out what needs keeping and what needs to go out.
So, organize your clothes depending on the season (and family member) and group like pieces together for putting into designated boxes.
Any seasonal clothing you won’t need during the move should be separated, and take this time to also weed out all items that are either too old, rarely used, or have been outgrown.
Step 2: Pack Off-season Items in advance
After the organization, next start by packing off-season clothing ahead of time – that is, clothes you won’t be needing within 3 months following your move.
These won’t be unpacked straight away, so don’t forget to label the boxes. If you intend to stow them away for months on end, you’ll need to protect the garments from moisture and unwanted pests – or rent a storage unit.
Step 3: Create a Moving Week Box
Have a box, duffel bag, or suitcase for each family member that will hold the clothing that each one will use during moving week.
Unpacking can take weeks or even months to complete, especially for families. Avoid the hassle of scrummaging through boxes looking for clothes by packing the items you’ll wear the week following your move.
Plan accordingly for all essentials, including pajamas, underwear, and socks.
Step 4: Pick the Best Packing Method
Different garments require different packing methods, particularly if you’re moving long-distance.
Zip-tying hangers and stacking them on the backseat can work fine when moving one neighborhood over, but you might need to seal and protect the clothing if moving cross-country.
- Use wardrobe boxes
Ideal for hanging clothing that needs to maintain shape or heavy garments. The bottom of the box is also a nice place to put your sandals.
- Leave clothes in drawers
But make sure to seal the drawers and doors to avoid them flying open. This method is more suited if you’re working with pro movers who are used to moving heavy stuff around.
- Pack sandals separately
When packing sandals, you can either utilize one of the boxes (e.g. wardrobe box) or place them in a box specially designated for shoes and sandals.
The good thing with sandals is that unlike shoes, they don’t lose shape easily and even if they do, a few wears should get them back to normal.
- Same case with delicates
Delicate items like silk and other sensitive fabrics need to be packed separately as they’re prone to damage.
You can go one further and wrap them in tissue paper to add a layer of protection, before placing them at the bottom of a wardrobe box.
- Create clothing bundles
The bundle packing method simplifies the process of moving clothing items in and out of boxes in an organized fashion.
It works by first laying one large item (for example, a jacket) across a flat surface, then layering a smaller piece on top of it, and then a smaller one, and on and on.
Once full, wrap the jacket around the other clothes to create a bundle, before throwing it inside a box with a heavy bottom, alongside other bundles.
- Use small boxes
Many people make the mistake of stuffing clothes into large boxes, but thing is, clothing can get heavy. If the boxes are not firm enough, they could come off.
Plus, unless you’re hiring movers, moving heavy boxes yourself is not ideal.
That’s why you should opt for smaller boxes or totes instead.