The Best Way to Pack Your Clothes for a Move

Moving takes a lot of energy—emotional, physical, and mental. Managing that energy is the key to having a successful (and even enjoyable) move. For Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, that means ensuring that you’re putting in the minimal effort for maximum effectiveness—especially while packing.

Today, we’re going over how to make sure packing your clothes goes as efficiently and speedily as possible.

Donate/Sell the Clothes You Don’t Want

Waiting until after you’ve moved to get rid of your excess clothing is a rookie mistake. People forget that clothing is heavy and takes up a lot of space—if you can thin out your wardrobe, you should do it before lugging everything onto your moving truck.

The best way to get rid of clothing you don’t need or want is to do laundry and make sure each piece of clothing is actually something you want to keep. A lot of people keep clothing they haven’t worn in years. Why?

Here are some of the common reasons people keep clothes they don’t use:

  • We’re hoping it will fit again one day
  • We use ratty, old clothing for work around the house
  • It’s out of style, but we have good memories associated with it
  • We just haven’t thought about it in a while

We have to be honest with ourselves to get rid of clothing. We might need to realize that, while we still hope to fit in that dress or those jeans one day, we need to keep the clothes that currently fit. We might need to realize that no one needs two dozen old work shirts from 1999. We might need to realize that clothes we don’t wear anymore are just taking up space without giving us anything in return.

Keep Your Clothing in Your Dresser on Moving Day

Dressers are essentially boxes, so why would we take clothing out of one box and put them in other boxes? Make life easier for yourself: just pack up your dresser with all of your clothing still inside.

Here are the steps:

  • Roll each piece of clothing inside tightly.
  • Pack the dresser as tightly as possible.
  • Use packing wrap to secure the dresser drawers.

If you pack your bedsheets and towels in your dresser, mark which drawer they’re in so you can find them quickly while unpacking.

All that we ask is, if you’re hiring a professional mover, let us know that your dresser is full!

Use Garbage Bags for Your Hanging Clothes

This is the fastest way to get your closet ready for moving day. Organize your hanging clothes however way you like. You can group all your wool or cotton clothes, or you can group your clothes by category—work, casual, formal, etc. Once grouped, grab five or six hangers at once, and slide the clothes into a garbage bag from the bottom. Use the drawstrings to secure the garbage bag to the hangers. Using these bags protects your clothing from dust and stains during the move, and it makes unpacking a breeze.

Use a Garment Box or Garment Bags for Valuables

Some of your clothes—like your wedding dress, vintage pieces, or designer items—might need a little more protection. A garment bag or box is the best way to keep them safe during the moving process. Either option can reduce the chances of your clothes getting dusty, wrinkly, or damaged during your move.

More Helpful Tips When Packing Your Clothes Before Moving

In addition to taking the following steps, we recommend the following when you pack your clothes before moving:

  • Pack off-season clothes ahead of time - you won't need them right away.
  • Pack your shoes separately.
  • Use small boxes! Clothing is heavier than it seems.
  • Don't forget to pack one or two (or more!) changes of clothing separately, for easy access.
  • Check your washer and dryer before moving day to make sure nothing is accidentally left inside.

Whether you want to pack your clothes on your own or are interested in choosing professional movers to pack and unpack everything for you, you can trust the team at Affordable Quality Moving and Storage to get the job done right. We help customers in Santa Clarita and throughout Southern California with all of their packing, moving, and storage needs, and we know how to deal with all types of clothing, furniture, and other belongings. We can get everything you own to your new home safely, and we offer free estimates so you know what to expect!

To make your moving day even easier, call Affordable Quality Moving and Storage. Our professional movers are all licensed, insured, and committed to making your move completely stress-free. Dial (661) 622-2636 today!