Best Way to Pack Clothes for Moving

How to pack clothes for moving?

One of the challenging parts of moving is packing your wardrobe. For being so small, clothes sure do take a lot of space when you’re packing them.

Allow us to help you with this problem. Let us show you how you can pack your clothes for that move.

Pack Clothes for Moving

What to Bring?

First, you’d want to go through all your wardrobe and try to reduce its size.

Do you have clothes you’re no longer wearing and have been thinking of throwing away? It would be the best time to do it.

If you have clothes you’ve outgrown in size or style, then you might want to leave them behind as well.

If you have clothes that have stains and tears you’ve never gotten to fixing, you might want to leave them too. If you’d like to try and repair them, now would be the best time to try to do so. This way, you can decide to leave them or take them along if the problem stays. If you do it after the move, then you might decide to throw them out later on. That would have wasted some precious space!

Lastly, you might also consider the climate where you are moving. If you have winter clothes and it doesn’t snow or gets extremely cold there, you might want to leave your winter gear behind.

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What to Do with the Clothes That Would be Left Behind?

Well, you have three options. Throw them, donate them, or sell them.

Many would tell you to sell them if the clothes in question are still mighty fine. You could, but if you’re a little short on time, you might want to sell them at low prices. If not, you might have a hard time selling them, which could be a problem since you’d want to get rid of these clothes before the move!

On the other hand, you might want to donate them or give them away instead. Many would be more than happy to take your unwanted clothes out of your hands.

Lastly, if they’re worn out and full of problems everywhere, you might want to throw them away instead.

They’re your clothes, and you’re free to do whatever you’d like with them, but we recommend donating them instead. Selling them might only give you more things to worry about, and thinking about moving could already be extremely stressful!

When to Pack?

best way to pack clothes for moving

Many people put off packing clothes until the last minute, but we recommend you start packing as soon as possible.

Start by packing clothes you’re sure you won’t be needing any time soon, like seasonal clothing. If you’re moving in the middle of summer, then you can pack your winter clothes already.

You’d want to reduce the number of clothes as the moving day approaches, but don’t forget to leave clothes out for the big day!

Planning what you’re going to wear until the big day is the key. Leaving one or three sets of clothes out for unexpected emergencies will save you the hassle of digging through clothes you’ve already packed.

How to Pack?

We’ve already talked about the things you need to pack. Now, let’s talk about how to pack them.


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First, you’d want to decide which pieces would go together in which box. There are several ways to sort your clothes, and you might want to combine some of them.

If you’re moving with your family, it would be a good idea to sort them by who owns them.

Some also find it helpful to sort them by size.

Many also sort them by material or fabric type. If you’re worried about wrinkles, this sorting method will be of great help. You can pack those that could easily be wrinkled together and make sure they’re safe from wrinkling, while you could be a little freer with packing the other types of clothing.


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After deciding how to sort your clothes, let’s talk about where you’re going to pack them. There are several options. Again, more than one of these might help you.

  • Boxes – If you want something easy to find or a budget-friendly option, you might want to opt for boxes. They’re easy to find, and if you look in the right places, you could even get them for free! With boxes, you might want to opt for smaller or medium-sized ones. Clothes, on their own, are not heavy. However, if you pile them together, you might be surprised at how heavy they could get. With that, you don’t want to overload boxes. Otherwise, they may break. That’s why you want to go for the small and medium boxes. They help with managing the number and weight of clothes you put in a box. You can still go for a large one. However, it might not be the best choice when it comes to saving space.
  • Wardrobe Boxes – Another box to consider is the wardrobe box. This box is great for hanging clothes. However, it is a little pricier. It is good to buy at least one or two wardrobe boxes for those clothes that really need to be hanged.
  • Garment Bags – An alternative might be garment bags. If you only have one or two pieces you need hang during the move, then garment bags might be better for you.
  • Vacuum Bags – Now, if wrinkling is not your primary concern but saving space, vacuum bags might be what you need. Vacuum bags will help compress your clothes, giving you more space to work with.
  • Suitcases – Of course, if you have a suitcase or a few suitcases, then it would be a good idea to use them! They’re probably going to eat space anyway if you bring them along. Make use of that space!
  • Drawers – If you’re moving your drawers with you, you might want to keep your clothes in them. Don’t forget to seal them though! This way, your clothes won’t accidentally fly out!


Finally, let’s talk about folding. There are three popular ways in which you could fold your clothes.

  • First is the flat fold. It is probably the most common way to pack clothes. It’s great for jeans and the likes. As you will see later, the other methods won’t be as great for this type of material like the flat fold is.
  • Second, we have the roll fold. Well, it’s not really a fold as you roll the clothes as opposed to folding the clothes. It’s great if you need space, but you’re also concerned about wrinkling.
  • Lastly, we have the KonMari fold. As we have said earlier, moving or just thinking about it could be stressful. If you’re looking for some peace or serenity, this fold might be for you. It’s a folding method, but as you will see in the video, you could say it’s a little like meditating too!

Other Things to Consider

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Moving Week Clothes

Unpacking could take weeks or even months. Make sure you pack some clothes you can easily unpack when you get to your destination. This way, you won’t have to dig through piles of boxes and clothes.


Before packing, you’d want to make sure everything is clean. Not only would you want clean clothes when you get to your new place, but if you pack unclean clothes, then it could be problematic!

If you pack clothes that have stains on them or clothes that smell, it could affect the other clothes. Now, that is not a good start, isn’t it?


Don’t forget to label everything! Again, you don’t want to go digging at every box of clothes to find a specific piece of clothing.

Also, it will help protect your clothes in the move. You’d know which boxes you could place at the bottom of the stack, and which ones you can’t.

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Here’s a tip! You might want to pack some of your valuables and breakables along with your clothes. If you have some glassware, you might want to pack them with your clothes as extra protection.

Skip putting your jewelry with your clothes. Your clothes might be able to protect them, but they might ruin your clothes. Lots of jewelry have things that can get hooked or snagged on clothes, after all. You might want to place them in your duffel bag instead. If you want to keep them between your clothes, then you might want to consider putting them in zip locks and the likes.


Pack your shoes separately. If you just chuck them in anywhere, they might get damaged. You’d want to keep the form of your shoes when you pack them.

You might want to put folded socks inside your shoes to help keep their shape.


How to pack clothes for moving? Well, it doesn’t need to give you a headache anymore! With all that you’ve learned today, packing clothes would now be a breeze!

If you have any other concerns, such as this one, feel free to check out our past discussion. We’ll see you there!


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1 thought on “Best Way to Pack Clothes for Moving”

  1. Really this is a fabulous post for me to move first time with my essential material to my new destination. To plan the whole household material pack needs some good ideas for that. To finish this purpose I need some pre-step for moving well. Here I get some pre-planning to perform this purpose. Plenty of helping resources you share, thanks.


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