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How to Pack Clothes for a Move

The process of moving house can often be stressful and overwhelming, to say the least. While preparing your furniture can often seem like the most daunting element, trying to figure out how to pack your clothes for a move, especially if you have an extensive wardrobe, can leave many people ignoring this big task until the very last minute. Many clothes might end up shoved in boxes that will stay packed well past the time you move into your new home and maybe a while after! Finding the best way to organise and pack your clothes is essential to ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition for both you and your clothes.

Where should you start?

Loosely folding items and stuffing them into suitcases or boxes will likely lead to disaster when your moving day comes around. As well as finding an efficient and reliable removals company like Kings Removals, following the tips below can help you streamline your packing process to make things as straightforward for you on the day as possible.

Decide what you want to keep

The best way to tackle your clothes is to first take everything out and start dividing it into piles that you want to keep, donate, and sell. If you are uncertain of what items you want to keep, it can be helpful to only hold onto clothes that you have worn within the last year, that fit well, are in good condition, or have sentimental value to you.

Donate gently used clothes that you are not intending to keep. Lastly, you can take this opportunity to sell high-value, well-kept items that are trendy, recent, or in demand, that you are no longer using. The easiest way to do this is online, there are several websites and mobile phone apps that make selling clothes quick and convenient.

Sort your clothes

Not all clothes serve the same purpose or hold the same importance. Items can be sorted into categories like seasonal, pieces, or person. The most effective way to sort clothes before a move is by season as you can prevent clutter from building up after you have moved since the items you are not currently wearing to reflect the season will go straight into your wardrobe until they are needed.

Sorting by pieces can also be an easy process as it helps you organise your wardrobe better after the move. You can keep pants, t-shirts, dresses, and other items together. Don’t forget to keep everything separate for each person in your household. To avoid any confusion, sort each wardrobe individually, and be sure to correctly label and identify boxes and bags to make a more effortless unpacking process for everyone.

Choosing the right packing method

Purging your items and getting everything organised is the first step towards effectively moving your clothes. Now that you know exactly what you will be taking with you, it is time to think about how you intend to move them. Thankfully, there are various ways to approach this, depending on the type of clothes and the method for carrying them:

  • Cardboard boxes – these are great for packing folded clothes
  • Wardrobe boxes – these are useful for packing clothes on hangers, so your clothes won’t get creased, and the unpacking  process will be quicker and easier
  • Suitcases and other travel bags – an excellent alternative to cardboard boxes that can help to pack folded clothes and shoes
  • Vacuum bags – an ideal way to condense clothing items, particularly bulky ones like jackets and winter coats

Best way to pack non-hanging clothes

The most awkward items to pack for moving are your non-hanging clothes. Anything that won’t be moved on a hanger needs to be folded and put inside a suitcase or moving box. How you fold or roll your clothes ready for packing can make the process easier or harder for you when it comes to moving and unpacking in your new home.

Effective folding will save space and reduce the number of containers you will need to move your clothes. There are several folding methods to think about, but a few of the most commonly used ones are:

  • The flat fold method – this is best for bulky clothing like jeans and jumpers and is most effective when used to pack clothes in cardboard boxes.
  • The military roll method – this is ideal for smaller and more delicate items such as shirts and dresses. It is best used to pack clothes into suitcases.

Best ways to pack hanging clothes

If you can, it would be beneficial to move as many of your clothes on hangers as possible. This is because it is the easiest and most crease-free way of transporting clothes. A lot of people will have at least one rack of hanging clothes in their wardrobe, from dresses and blouses to collared shirts and pants. The following methods can help you pack hanging clothes quickly and easily:

Use a wardrobe box

Even though this is a bit pricier than other options, wardrobes are specifically designed to transport hanging clothes safely. They come with a hanger bar that makes it easy to hang any style of clothing inside.

Drawstring rubbish bags

This is a low-budget and simple way to move hanging clothes. You just need to use a drawstring rubbish bag to slip your clothes inside whilst holding onto the hangers and tighten the drawstrings around the hanger hooks. Another method is to cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag, pass the hanger hooks through the hole, and then secure the hanger with an elastic band or some string.

More tips on the best ways to pack clothes for moving

Making sure your clothes are organised and packed is a key part of keeping your house move as stress-free as possible. Don’t forget these top tips and moving basics when you are packing your clothes.

  • Always put heavy items at the bottom of the boxes and lighter items on top.
  • Check all the clothes are clean before moving to avoid any unpleasant smells and to make the unpacking process easier to manage as you won’t need to sort clothes into dirty and clean.
  • Don’t overfill the boxes as it can damage them and make them more likely to rip.
  • Carry valuable items of clothing with you in your car, like those with financial or sentimental value that you might worry about otherwise.
  • Keep clothes on hangers as much as you can.
  • Keep folded clothes in sets of drawers where possible.
  • Line your suitcases and cardboard boxes with packing paper to protect your clothes.
  • Utilise plastic storage containers for items of clothing that you won’t be using anytime soon.
  • Don’t forget to pack a moving bag with any essentials that you will need just before and a few days after your house move.

Frequently asked questions

When should you start packing for moving house?

If possible, it will be advantageous to start packing a few weeks or a month prior to your move, depending on the size of your property and how much you need to pack.

Will the removal company pack for you?

At Kings Removals, we can provide a high-quality packing service that will ensure your belongings arrive at your new property quickly and safely, ready for you to turn the house into your home. Contact us today to find out more about our services and everything we can do to ensure the smoothest possible moving experience for you.