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What's the secret to packing clothing?

July 10th, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Tips for Packing Clothing

Hmmm is there really a secret to packing clothing? Yes! And packing it properly can be a big money-saver.

Packing clothing is often one the last things people think about when doing their pre-move planning. We see a lot of people just throw it all in trash bags or boxes and move on. But, as you probably know, this is definitely not the best or most efficient strategy. If you stop and think about the amount of money you have invested in clothing, it’ll definitely make you want to use the best techniques to pack it.

If you have clothing to pack, follow these tips. And remember… when you move less, you pay less.

  • Don’t move what you won’t use.
    • Have a yard sale. Ladies: Does your husband have a shirt that makes you cringe when he wears it? Now’s the perfect time for that shirt to go bye-bye! I did this when we moved. The five shirts my husband had that looked like they came straight from the 60’s got bagged up and moved directly to the yard sale pile. Believe it or not, his mom actually came to the sale, bought the shirts, and gave them back to him. So if you take my advice, make sure not to invite your mother-in-law. In all seriousness, it’s a great idea to sell unwanted clothing before you move. You make a little extra money and you avoid paying to move clothing you don’t want. Check out our yard sale pricing tactics here.
    • Donate unwanted items. If almost anything sounds better than having a yard sale, you may want to consider donating your unwanted clothing. A good little tip is to take the clothing to a local Mission—they’ll gladly accept your clothing and give you a tax receipt. So, it’s a win-win situation for everyone (except maybe your husband).
    • Consign high-value clothing. Consignment shops are popping up everywhere and are a great way to get rid of higher-priced clothing that you would like to get a little return on. When you do this you bring your clothing in (it typically has to be in season and in really good condition), they’ll price it, sell it, and split the sale with you based on their conditions. Just make sure the shop is willing to mail your check after the items are sold, since you won’t be in town.
  • Don't empty your dresser. Instead, leave clothing in the drawers and secure them with stretch wrap—this will keep the drawers from sliding out when it’s moved, and stretch wrap won’t damage the dresser’s finish.When you consider that it would probably take at least two, maybe three boxes to pack the contents of a 4-rawer dresser (if they’re packed full like mine are), you can see that it saves time and money. If you’re moving from a standard three-bedroom home with at least one dresser in each bedroom, you’ve saved six boxes and equal amount of space.
  • Use medium or large boxes for packing non-hanging clothing. If you don’t plan to leave folding clothes in dressers, avoid the garbage sack route. It may seem to be a good idea, but it could turn out to be very problematic. Garbage bags tear easily and offer little to no protection against damage. Bags can snag, damaging the items inside. Bags also hold moisture and can cause molding, especially if you plan on storing your items.


Use medium or large boxes for packing folded clothing



  • Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. Do you have suits, boutique clothing, dresses, etc., that you prefer to hang rather than fold? Wardrobe boxes are a great solution! Of course, you probably don’t want to put your work out t-shirts in a wardrobe box, but your husband’s Sunday suit would be a perfect fit. Wardrobe boxes have hanging racks, and you simply transfer the hangers from the closet to the box, making for easy packing!


Use wardrobe box for packing cothing on hangers.


  • Use clothing as filler. Some clothing can be used as fillers in boxes. Use the “extra” clothing you have lying around to fill the gaps in your boxes. Even the sock that’s become separated from its match could come in handy when you need padding around a lamp.

Move Your Clothes Affordably

Once you’ve pared down your closet and packed your clothes, getting them to your new home is the next step. If you’re moving long-distance, why worry about driving? Check out U-Pack! You can drive in the comfort of your own vehicle, while U-Pack drives the moving truck. And, U-Pack can move your belongings at truck rental prices.

You can get an instant moving quote online, or call 800-413-4799. We’d love to help!