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Here’s How to Pack Different Types of Clothing for a Move

Jul 17, 2019 | Loveland Moving

Sure properly packing clothing isn’t as crucial, as like say having a refrigerator properly prepared for a move, but taking the time to pack clothing the right way will make a big difference when it comes to making the transition into a new home easier. 

This is because when it comes to clothing, understanding proper packing techniques can help a person save hours of valuable time ironing and rewashing clothing improperly packed clothing that is likely to get wrinkled or maybe even damaged during the long moving process. After all, unpacking is already difficult enough without having to worry about de-wrinkling an entire wardrobe. 

So how exactly can people go about packing properly? 

First Things First …

At least a few days before the move, it is a good idea to fully prepare a travel bag with enough clothing to last about a week, as well as all necessary toiletries and other essentials. This way there will not be any need for a desperate scramble to unpack necessities immediately after arriving at a new home.

Before packing begins, get rid of any clothes that are not being worn anymore by donating them or selling them in a garage sale. Now is the perfect time to finally clean out that closet. Don’t hesitate to start packing off-season clothes early. 

Packing Folded Clothes

The easiest way to move folded clothes is right inside the dresser or armoire where they are normally stored. Sometimes a moving company in Greeley or elsewhere will allow people to simply tape the drawers shut and move the dresser as is, but this is not always the case, so be sure to check with the specific policies of the moving services in Greeley that have been enlisted to help out. 

If it is not possible to move folded clothes in place, boxes are the next best alternative. It is tempting to toss those clothes into garbage bags and just move them like that, especially if things are starting to feel rushed. However, keep in mind that any clothes that end up haphazardly tossed into a bag will likely end up with some serious wrinkles, and the time put into properly laundering and de-wrinkling all those poorly packed clothes will not be worth the small amount of extra time it takes to pack them up properly.

Search out medium-sized boxes. Clothes are not particularly heavy, so the boxes can be a good size, but it is also ideal to pack clothing into boxes that are easy to carry. It’s better to use multiple medium-sized boxes than one giant overstuffed boxes. 

First, line the bottom of the boxes with packing paper, and then simply pack the boxes in the same order as the clothes are arranged in the dresser, but transferring them over drawer by drawer. This will help to make unpacking as quick and painless as possible. Pack the box to the top so that it won’t collapse on itself, but also avoid overfilling the box so that it is still easy to stack. Use one more layer of packing paper over the top of the box before firmly sealing it with packing tape. 

Packing Hanging Clothes

For expensive clothing, it may be well worth the splurge to shell out for wardrobe boxes, which will ensure those costly pieces arrive move-in ready. This is honestly a great investment for moving all types of hanging clothes, but for some, it can be out of budget, especially for more basic clothing items. If this is the case, using those trash bags with pull strings can be a great do-it-yourself hack to replace more expensive moving boxes or dry cleaning bags. 

Hook the hanger with the clothing already hung on a small hole pierced in the bottom of the bag. Now flip the bag and use the tie to seal the bottom shut. Go on to do the same for every hanging items. Keep in mind that the bags aren’t strong enough to protect the clothes from wrinkles or damage during transit, so be sure to speak to the movers in Greeley about the best way to pack and transport hanging clothing. 


To ensure shoes don’t become accidentally crushed, damaged, or lose their natural shape during the move, it is necessary to take a couple of simple precautions when packing. First, stuff packing paper inside of each shoe to ensure they hold their shape. 

With the shoes organized into pairs, place one shoe at the end of a fresh piece of packing paper and roll it toward the center. Now do the same with the other shoe on the other side of the same piece of paper. In the end, both shoes in the set should be safely wrapped in one piece of packing paper that can then be fully secured with packing tape. Start by preparing all shoes in a similar way before moving on to the boxing stage. 

Since shoes are relatively light, it is perfectly acceptable to use a larger box, or boxes, to transport them. The one thing to keep in mind when packing shoes is that heavier, more durable shoes, such as work boots, running shoes, or hiking boots, for example, should always be packed near the bottom of the box. Meanwhile, lighter, more delicate shoes should go at the top. Line both the bottom and the top of the box with packing paper and seal it firmly shut with packing tape when it is full. Don’t forget to label the box so that it is easy to locate. 


The best way to pack hats is using individual hat boxes, but in a pinch, they can also be stuffed with packing paper to hold their shape. After that, wrap each hat in a sheet of packing paper and seal it off with packing tape, much the same way as dealing with shoes. 

The same rules apply when packing hats into boxes. The heavier more durable hats should go on the bottom of the box, and the lighter and more delicate hats should go on top. Line both the top and the bottom of the box with packing paper and seal it with packing tape when it is full. 

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