When you pack clothes for a move, there’s a way to organize everything so it’s smooth and easy.
Hangers or boxes? How about items that crease easily? Should you fold or roll clothes for storage?
Whether you need to know how to pack clothes for moving cross-country for shipping, our simple guide will make both packing and unpacking more swift and logical.
Packing According To The Type Of Fabric
Whatever the type of fabric, zippered packing cubes are a good investment. They keep the garments in one place so they don’t sag down and wrinkle.
Another general tip about folding is to lay the garment down and smooth out the wrinkles before folding. That way, you’re not creating any new wrinkles that will set in transit.
Something like a dress shirt will wrinkle easily and should be folded carefully along its seams. It can also be hung up in a wardrobe box for the move.
If leather is in storage for a while, consider leaving it hanging on a good quality padded hanger to avoid creasing.
If you want to fold it, do so gently and work with the seams. Fold it once so the shoulders are together, then take the arms and lay them over the body of the jacket. You can fold it once more after that.
Linen has a pretty bad reputation for wrinkling and the last thing you’ll want to do in your new home is start a pile of ironing. So what’s the best way to move with linen clothing?
Interestingly, you should first turn linen garments inside out and then fold them. This will minimize the wrinkles.
Man-made fabrics such as polyester travel really well. So roll or fold away as you prefer since these garments will maintain their condition regardless.
Silk And Satin
Treat these fabrics much like cotton. They like to crease, so fold them along the seams or hang them. To minimize wrinkles, you can also fold them around another object like a bulky sweater. This means you avoid creating any harsh lines.
Wool doesn’t crease too much, so you can roll or fold it. Just avoid using hangers because wool can stretch, especially if it’s left hanging for too long.
How Do You Pack A Lot Of Clothes?
Staring unhappily at a huge quantity of clothes? Don’t worry. There’s an easy way to make it all compact and more manageable.
Vacuum storage bags are a good way to minimize the volume of clothes, as long as they’re clothes that don’t wrinkle too much. They’re especially wonderful when you need to pack clothes that are bulky, like down jackets and ski pants.
When you’re planning out how to pack clothes for shipping, vacuum packing beforehand can save you money because you won’t need as many boxes.
What Is The Best Way To Fold Clothes In A Suitcase?
Suitcases are great for packing what you will need as soon as you arrive in your new home. If you already own suitcases, you may as well fill them up when you move and save yourself on space and additional boxes.
Take advantage of the zippered compartments that keep clothes separate. Also, make sure you pack clothes compactly, but without straining the zipper. This way, everything stays in place perfectly when you close the suitcase and set it upright.
Is It Better To Roll Clothes Or Fold?
You can roll or fold clothes as you prefer. The rolling trend came about to save precious space when you pack clothes for a flight. However, when you’re moving, you’re probably more concerned with unpacking your clothes wrinkle free in your new place than saving a few extra inches of packing space.
Ultimately, you should hang what you can for the fewest wrinkles on arrival.
Packing Clothes For Storage
How about if you’re leaving your belongings for months?
You can fold or roll clothes for storage, but bear in mind that if you’re not an experienced roller, it pays to practice first or you risk wrinkles. We recommend packing according to the fabric as mentioned above, so you’ll be hanging some garments too.
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How To Pack Clothes On Hangers For Moving
Packing clothes on hangers makes for super easy unpacking in your new home. Just follow these steps.
Hang all your clothes up in your wardrobe or wardrobe box.
Secure the hangers so that they stay together. How do you do this? Bundle the hangers in groups of 10 or 15 and tie the hangers together at the top with a twist tie.
Cover the whole thing with a garbage bag and tie it up at the bottom so that everything is enclosed.
Should Skirts Be Hung Or Folded?
What type of fabric are the skirts made from? When the pros pack clothes, we’ll always hang anything made of silk or linen.
Follow the instructions above according to the material, but generally, it’s best to hang skirts with clipped hangers at the waist. If the skirts are bulky or won’t wrinkle, it’s fine to fold or roll them.
Organizing Your Clothes By Season
Here’s a good trick.
What season are you moving in? Winter? Then you only really need to unpack your winter clothes when you arrive. Pack your seasonal clothes together so you can leave clothes you don’t need yet stored away. This also saves you time on sorting and lessens the need to unpack as soon as you arrive.
Remember To Pack A Small Bag For Your Move Too
Don’t pack all your clothes away!
You’ll need a couple of comfortable changes of clothes for moving day. Depending on how much you do yourself and how much you leave to the pros, moving is hard, dusty work.
Also, you need to plan clothes for longer when you’re moving internationally and you’re set to arrive before the moving truck. This includes nightwear and any toiletries you may need to hold you over temporarily while you wait for the rest of your belongings to arrive.
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