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How to Pack Clothes for Moving

Jan 27, 2021

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Whether you’re moving across townacross the country or internationally, one of the biggest challenges is learning how to pack clothes for moving. Carefully packing your clothes can make the transportation process easy and efficient. This blog post is designed to help you properly move your clothing without issue.

How to Sort Out Your Clothes

The first step to successfully moving your closet? Learning how to sort out your clothes!

Clothing is something many of us tend to hang onto, long after we’ve physically and emotionally out-grown it. Moving is your opportunity for a new start. Leave behind old trends that you hope will never come back around, as well as clothing that doesn’t fit comfortably.  This is the perfect chance to get rid of items you no longer want or need, or that are taking up valuable space. Busy families getting ready for residential moves often regret skipping this step, as they end up spending time, energy and money moving items they’d prefer to be without. Follow our tips on how to sort your clothes and keep moving time and monetary costs to a minimum:

  • Before packing your clothes, take the time to assess the contents of your wardrobe. Lay everything out in an open space to get a complete picture of all the clothing you own.
  • Pick out your outfit for moving day, and put it to the side.
  • Make space for separate piles: keep to wear, keep to store, sell or donate.
  • Start with the easy items – clothing that’s uncomfortable, the wrong size or is too worn to keep or donate.
  • Work through your clothing, trying on items when necessary, to sort them. If you get stuck, think about the last time you wore it. Was it more than a year ago? Would you miss it if it were gone?
  • Once you’ve established where each item should sit, make plans to move it to its new home. Consider the amount of time you have available and the profit you expect to see, in order to determine whether to donate previously-loved items that remain in good condition.

Find Your Clothes’ Packing Supplies

Having the right clothes’ packing supplies can make the process of moving easier and ensure you have less work on your hands to set up in your new home. Stock up on the following items before you begin packing:

  • Fill suitcases with carefully folded and packed clothing.
  • Choose wardrobe boxes to enable easily-wrinkled or delicate clothing to hang while in transit.
  • Fill regular boxes with sweaters and larger clothing items.
  • Use garbage bags to protect clothing that will remain hanging during your journey.

How to Pack Your Closet for a Move

Once you’ve successfully decluttered, it’s likely you still have a lot of clothing to move. Luckily, there are various tactics to make packing your closet and moving your items easy. Learn how to pack your closet for a move by following these simple methods:

  • If you have clothing already folded neatly in a dresser, keep it that way. Ask your moving team if you can leave these items in there throughout the move. By keeping items in their current location, you’ll save time, keep your clothing clean and unwrinkled, and save on space. Use stretch wrap to ensure your dresser is protected and drawers stay securely shut during transit.
  • Fit smaller items of clothing around breakable items, to protect them.
  • Pack shoes separately, to keep clothing clean.
  • Pack heavy items at the bottom of boxes, to minimize wrinkling.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavy items, so you don’t end up with boxes that are too heavy to lift.
  • Pack infrequently used items and day-to-day favorites separately, so you won’t need to unpack every box right away.
  • Clearly label boxes to make unpacking easy.

Get Packing and Moving Help from Professionals

If you’re finding the packing process challenging, don’t have the equipment you need or are running short on time, allow us to take the burden of packing from you.

Oakley Relocation is a trusted, full-service moving company located in San Marcos, CA. We have expert knowledge of how to pack clothes for moving, and are here to help with every step of the relocation process. We offer customizable packing services, including full-service packing, fragile or selective packing services, and can provide you with the packing supplies you need. Whether you’re moving a small studio apartment or a large family home, we can assist you. Contact us to learn more, or request a free quote for your move.

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