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Streamlining Your Move: A Comprehensive Guide to Packing Your Closet with Ease

By Two Twigs Moving

The prospect of moving to a new home brings with it a mix of excitement and the daunting task of tackling a closet full of clothes. Packing your wardrobe is undoubtedly one of the more challenging aspects of the moving process. It involves not only figuring out what to keep but also how to organize and pack your garments efficiently. In this guide, we’ll break down the steps on how to pack your clothes for a move, making the entire process much more manageable.

Step 1: Declutter Your Closet

Begin the process by decluttering your closet. Designate areas for items to keep, donate, or discard. Use post-it notes to create a “garbage” and a “giveaway” pile on your floor or bed. Be ruthless in deciding what you truly need and want in your new home. Donate items promptly to avoid second-guessing your choices.

What you’ll need for this step:

  • Post-it notes
  • Sharpie for labeling boxes
  • Garbage bags
  • Boxes or floor space

Step 2: Pack Your Shoes

Start packing with your shoes. They tend to take up a significant amount of space, and packing them early on helps you gauge how much room they’ll occupy. For shoes with original boxes, pack them together in a medium-moving box. For loose shoes, use a small cardboard moving box. Wrap each pair in acid-free packing paper or old grocery bags to prevent scuffs and scratches.

What you’ll need for this step:

  • Small and medium moving boxes
  • Old grocery bags
  • Acid-free tissue paper
  • Packing tape
  • Sharpie for labeling boxes

Step 3: Prepare Delicate Clothing

Certain items in your wardrobe require extra care. Place delicate pieces, like designer dresses or suede jackets, in garment bags to shield them from dust, moisture, and potential pests during the move. Consider adding cedar sachets to repel moths and silica gel packets to prevent moisture and mold. While not necessary for every move, these precautions can be valuable for long-term storage.

What you’ll need for this step:

  • Garment bags
  • Silica gel packets
  • Cedar sachets

Step 4: Pack Clothes on Hangers

Keeping your clothes on hangers not only prevents wrinkles but also minimizes the effort needed for re-hanging at your new home. Utilize wardrobe boxes with a metal hanging bar inside for this purpose. Be mindful not to overload these boxes to avoid excessive weight or breakage. Place the boxes opening-flap out if you might need quick access to your clothing while in storage.

What you’ll need for this step:

  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Slim hangers
  • Sharpie for labeling boxes

Step 5: Fold and Pack Remaining Clothing

Not all clothing needs to go into wardrobe boxes. Fold items like T-shirts, sweatpants, underwear, and jeans and place them into clothes storage bags. These bags are superior to cardboard boxes, as they can deter pests and moisture. If your move is local and won’t involve long-term storage, standard boxes are acceptable.

What you’ll need for this step:

  • Clothes storage bags
  • Small or medium moving boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Sharpie for labeling boxes

Packing Clothes Pro Tips:

  1. Stuff clean socks or small items inside your shoes to save space.
  2. Place a few light, yet bulky items at the bottom of your garment box.
  3. Slip dryer sheets or scented bars of soap into your shoes and bags to keep them smelling fresh.
  4. Plastic trash bags can serve as a convenient and inexpensive alternative to garment bags.
  5. Label each box by season to prioritize unpacking.

Packing and moving your closet may seem like a daunting task, but with strategic planning and these step-by-step instructions, you can make the process efficient and organized. By decluttering, sorting, and packing your clothes with care, you’ll ensure a smoother transition to your new home. Happy moving!

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