How to: Pack Clothes for Moving

Before you begin to pack clothes for moving, take the time to declutter your closet. There is no reason to move something that you don’t love, and moving provides a good opportunity to go through your closet. Here is a quick list of some things to consider when decluttering your closet.

  1. Organize by season and by family member.
  2. Launder all items.
  3. Hang items together in each season for each family member.
  4. Discard any clothing that no longer serves a purpose for you, donate gently used, laundered items to your local thrift shop.
  5. Separate out seasonal clothing you don’t need for the move and bag that up first with our garbage bag hack below.

Hack #1: How to pack clothes for moving with a garbage bag

At Fortboxx, we love multi-use options. And our first hack for how to pack clothes for moving can be as simple as using a drawstring garbage bag. Oversized if possible.

Follow these 7 steps:

  1. Pull out a garbage bag.
  2. Poke a hole in the middle of the closed end.
  3. Pull a section of hanging clothes on hangers through the hole.
  4. Tie the bottom of the bag. Voila! No clothing falling off the hangers. Keep them hung in the closet until you are ready to load them up.
  5. Transfer to your new closet straight away and hang the hangers on your closet rod in the bags. When you are ready to see your clothes in your new closet, remove the bags.
  6. Tie the bottom of the bag with the hole in it and re-use for moving waste. Double the function, double the efficiency, double the fun?
  7. Sort clothing as desired and follow this link for some tips to how to stage your closet. 

Or if you want to box up your clothes instead, we suggest using our large Fortboxxes found here. Fortboxx large box dimensions are: 23″ x 23″ x 16″.

A good method for storing clothes in boxes is to use a little bit of Irish Spring soap to keep any mouses away if they are going into storage, and keep your clothes smelling Irish fresh!

And check out Marie Kondo’s KonMari signature fold for space-saving techniques for all your basic clothing items, including tank tops, t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, thin sweaters, pants and shorts.

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