What preparation is required before packing your clothing?
Just as planning is an essential component of the moving process, so is preparing for moving day. This is especially true when it comes to the clothing items you’ve decided to take with you. If you understand how to pack clothing when moving, things will be less stressful later on. If time permits, NYC Movers & Packers recommends washing your clothes before packing them.
The next step is the order in which you pack your clothing. Start by packing you least used items first unless you think there’s a possibility you will need them prior to moving day. For instance, pack dressy or formal attire and clothing that’s non-seasonal. In other words, if you’re moving in summer, pack your winter items such as heavy jackets, scarves, etc.
How do you sort your clothing before packing it?
Most people are unaware that there is a system for how to pack clothing when moving. So, the next step is to sort your clothing by material, season, and type and then pack them accordingly as follows:
- Material – items such as cashmere cardigans and wool sweaters should be packed together. This is especially helpful for clothing that is getting stored. Putting in moth balls helps if you don’t intend opening it anytime soon.
- Season – sort your clothing based on each season starting with the season that is the farthest away. Thus, if it’s spring, start by packing your winter clothing.
- Type – you wouldn’t pack a pair of cargo shorts in the same manner as a sundress, would you? That’s reason enough to pack clothing by type. It is essential that you start a few weeks early and sort through the clothing so that it is easy to pack later on.
Furthermore, hanging clothing is packed separately from that which isn’t hanging. For instance, hanging clothing can be packed in garment bags, on portable hanging racks, or in wardrobe boxes. On the other hand, your non-hanging items are probably folded and being stored in a chest of drawers or dresser. The best way to pack these items is to leave them where they are. Finally, pack shoes heel-to-toe or sole-to-sole, putting the heaviest pairs on the bottom and lighter pairs on top.