It can be pretty tempting to just toss all your clothes into a box or a plastic garbage bag when you move. However, even though clothing isn’t as fragile as some of your other possessions, clothes can still get damaged during a move. Plus if you pack your clothes correctly, then when you get to your new home you won’t have to spend a lot of time organizing, ironing, and doing laundry.
Start Planning Early
You can start packing your clothes weeks before moving day. Think about the climate you are moving to and figure out what clothes you will need for the weather. Pack anything that is off season like heavy winter coats in the summer or swimsuits in the winter. You can also pack anything nonessential like formal attire.
Sort Your Clothes
Moving is a great time to sort through your clothing to make sure you only keep what you really need. Divide your clothing into three piles: Keep, donate, and trash. Keep is everything that you wear frequently and that you love. In your donate pile you should put anything that doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn in 3 months. Put anything damaged or worn out in the trash pile. Once you’ve gone through your clothes, set aside any clothing you will need on moving day, when you are traveling, and for the first couple days you are in your new home.
Packing Your Clothes
Once you have sorted your clothes, you can begin packing. Here is a list of some great packing tips to keep your clothes protected when moving:
- Make sure to pack your overnight bag before you pack the rest of your clothes.
- Group your clothes by type so that they are easy to find and sort in your new home.
- Use your suitcases to pack your clothing to save space and protect them during the move.
- Instead of folding your clothes, roll them. They will take up less space and stay wrinkle free.
- Keep any hanging clothes on their hangers and then pack them in garment bags or a wardrobe box. This makes them easier to unpack in your new home and then you will not have to figure out how to pack your hangers.
If you follow these simple tips, your clothes will stay protected through the move.