Clothing is Not an Option: 5 Top Tips for Packing Clothes

When we’re packing clothes before a move we’re often tempted to lift from drawer to box (and back again in the unpack). Hanging clothes get similar treatment. But our biggest tip before you move is to de-clutter your entire wardrobe before anything is placed into cardboard. After that… Silk Touch Moves and Relocations offers these handy tips for packing up the clothes that you will wear at your new destination.

1. If you have lightweight dressers, keep the clothing in the drawers and wrap the outside of the dresser (ensuring shelves do not fly open) with plastic wrap. Make sure there are no loose change or random items in the drawers.


2.  If you have a lot of hanging clothes, use a wardrobe box to keep the items intact and still hanging. The downside to a good quality wardrobe box is the cost and space it takes up. If you don’t want to buy a wardrobe box, group several items together and put them in a yardbag while they are hanging.


3. Before you put clothing into boxes, pack your suitcases so the contents do not take up your cardboard box supply.


4. Make sure you are packing only the clothing you will want to wear in your new home. It’s a great idea to sort through your clothes before packing and purge your wardrobe of items with holes or tears.


5. Pack your clothes in like groups such as jeans with jeans, t-shirts with t-shirts, etc. This will make the unpacking process faster and more efficient.

Top 10 Tips: Moving into a Residence Hall or Smaller Living Space

1. Plan in advance. Important information to consider:
  • Move-in date
  • Address
  • Places to park and unload your items
  • Roommate contact information
  • Lists of prohibited items
2. Consider what your lifestyle will be like in this small space. Will you be eating out? If so, nix the redundant kitchen items and cookbooks. Is there a place in the building for entertaining or will you need space for more than one person? What will the weather be like? If you’re moving to Southern California from the East Coast, you will likely not be needing a winter coat, for example.
3. Invest in a small safe for money, important documents, your journal, and other small valuables.
4. After you’ve considered everything you need, make a list of items you must bring. Evaluate the list. What can you do without in your new small space? Stick to this list. Cut back on duplicate and the just-in-case items.
5. Start packing in advance. If you cannot fit all the items into a regular vehicle, chances are you have too many things

6. Mark each box by space (ie. kitchen, closet, shoes, etc.) and fill the box with the appropriate items.

7. Vacuum seal your clothing. This will help preserve the clothing and also save space/boxes

8. Photograph the back of your electronics before you disconnect them so that when they are unpacked, it is easier to see how they plug into different places.

9. Bring an overnight bag with extra clothes, toiletries, snacks, etc., or anything you may need so you are best able to function for the next day or two.

10. If you don’t have much storage space, and items typically hidden behind doors are out in the open, invest in aesthetically pleasing household items.