Packing for a move is nothing that we look forward to. Between organizing your belongings, changing your address, finding a reliable packing and moving company, and all the other time-consuming tasks related to moving, it seems that there is not enough time in the day! During the packing process, our clothes are usually one of the last things we pack. Although clothes do not need as much care as fragile items, like glass kitchenware or antiques, they do require care as some damages can occur. Clothes can rip, tear, get dirty, and experience other wear and tear if they are not packed and handled properly during the moving process.

In addition, packing your clothes properly will not only make the move to your new home easier, but it will make the tedious process of unpacking go much easier if everything is organized and placed properly. If you are getting ready to make the move, we put together a list of packing tips for clothes to help make your residential move a bit easier.

Moving Packing Tips For Clothes

When it comes to packing your clothes for a move, be sure to have a plan in mind. You’ll need to decide which clothes you want to keep out to wear the remaining days before your moving date. Be sure to start the packing process sooner rather than later, as last-minute packing will result in messy and unorganized items that will face the risk of damage during the moving process.

Clean out your dresser and closet

When it comes to the packing stage of the moving process, the first step to packing any room or area of a home is removing all the clutter. And, depending on how long you’ve been in your current home, your clothes and wardrobe may need some serious decluttering! Moving is a great time to go through your dresser drawers and closets to find pieces of clothing that you may no longer need or even want. If you have kids, don’t forget to do the same process with their dressers and closets. Moving into a new home is a fresh start, so why bring items that you or your family no longer want or need? Remember, you can always spend a day shopping for new clothes when you go out and explore your new home!

When you’re going through your closets and dressers, ask yourself the following to see if the items are worth packing, selling, or donating:

  • When is the last time I wore this?
  • Does it still fit? (Be sure to try it on if you’re not sure!)
  • Does it like damaged or worn?
  • Is it still in style?

Don’t forget — the more clothes you get rid of, the less you will have to pack, move, and put away when you arrive at your new home. If you are getting rid of stuff, be sure to donate anything that is in good shape and could benefit someone else. You can even use old clothes you don’t want or need to wrap fragile items and act as padding in the moving boxes.

Sort and organize

Once you have gone through your closets, dressers and other clothing clutter — and you now know what items you are packing and bringing along, it is time to sort it. Sorting your clothing will make the packing and unpacking process easier, less stressful, and more efficient. Once you have all your clothes ready, you can sort and organize in whichever way you prefer. For convenience and efficiency, try sorting by:

  • Occasion  (dress, work, casual, etc.)
  • Color
  • Clothing type (jeans, jackets, t-shirts, etc.)

Although this may be time-consuming, you’ll be glad you did all the organizing beforehand when it comes to arriving in your new home and unpacking. This will allow you to quickly find the items you need. And remember, be sure to take your time to fold clothes neatly to avoid damages.

A Helping Hand Tip: You can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by sorting and packing clothing items that aren’t in season beforehand. For example, if you are moving in the summer, pack up your winter clothes early as you won’t be needing them anytime soon!

Keep essentials separate

You probably get a good idea of what clothes you will be wearing before the move. When you’re organizing and packing, be sure to set a few outfits that you will be wearing in the coming days. Since clothing is usually one of the last things most people pack, you can set aside the clothes you need, like work and casual clothes, in a separate area, box, or suitcase for the remaining time between the day you pack and arrive at your new home. Be sure to clearly label your boxes and totes to ensure you know which clothes should stay separated from the rest.

Use appropriate moving supplies

When it comes to packing clothes, there are plenty of moving supplies available to make the process much easier. Supplies like wardrobe boxes allow you transfer your clothing from the closet to a box in a matter of minutes!  And, they keep your clothes safe, too. If you are bringing your dresser to your new destination, be sure to utilize the drawer space by filling it neatly with folded clothes. If you don’t have enough moving supplies, you can always use suitcases. You’ll likely be taking them to your new home anyway, so why not utilize their space as well? Plus, suitcases are great for transporting heavier and more fragile items.

Pack shoes and accessories separately

If you want to make packing and unpacking less stressful, pack your shoes and accessories separate from your clothing. Just like clothes, you should set aside shoes and accessories that you will wear before the move, and pack the rest.

A Helping Hand Tip: Consider packing accessories, like jewelry, in smaller boxes or in a suitcase to ensure they don’t get lost or damaged during the move.

Label clearly

Perhaps the biggest time-saver, when packing and unpacking clothes, is properly labeling the organized boxes. Labeling the boxes will allow you to quickly place the clothes and items in the appropriate rooms in your new home. Labeling clearly and keeping an inventory of what is inside will be helpful to both you and the movers, making the process go a bit smoother.

Are You In Need Of Moving Services in Columbus, GA?

Hopefully, these tips will help you when it comes to packing your clothes and getting ready for a move. If you are getting ready to move and are looking for Columbus GA movers, contact Helping Hands Moving Service! We’re some of the friendliest, cheapest movers around! We can work with any budget. To receive more information, or a free moving estimate, contact our professional moving company today.