7 Tips for Packing Your Clothes for a Move

When preparing to move, packing your clothes may not be as exhausting and back-breaking as packing furniture and appliances. After all, they are not as heavy or complicated, and do not need to be disassembled. However, with so many garments to pack, it will still be a task you won’t look forward to doing.

If you don’t know how and where to start packing your clothes, follow these steps and tips recommended by trusted interstate removalists from Sydney:

1.    Don’t pack all your clothes

To have an easier time packing all your clothes, don’t bring all of them. Go through your closet and drawers and get rid of all clothes that:

  • Do not fit you
  • Look old or faded
  • Don’t suit your style anymore
  • Have holes, rips, or are already torn

If these garments are still wearable, you can hold a garage sale or give them away to your friends and relatives. You can also donate them to charitable institutions.

2.    Wash all clothing before you start packing them

Before packing all your clothes, make sure they are completely clean and free from stains. This means washing all your garments and letting them dry completely before folding or hanging them.

Avoid packing stained and smelly garments, especially seasonally worn ones. Their smell and dirt will mingle with the clean items you will be packing in the same box. Wet clothes can also cause mildew to form especially if you leave them inside a box for a long time.

In addition, keep in mind that if you don’t wash all your clothes before packing them, you run the risk of bringing pests into your new home. You can also ensure your clothes stay clean by wrapping tissue or packing paper around them.

Bed bugs, for instance, are known for hiding inside dressers. If you have these pests in your drawers, they may attach themselves and hitch a ride into your new home by hiding in the clothes you will put in the box.

3.    Set aside the outfit you will wear on moving day

To avoid rummaging through the packed boxes the night before D-Day, put aside the clothes you plan to wear on moving day.

When choosing your outfit, pick clothes that are comfortable and not too tight so that your movements won’t be restricted. Make sure you select a pair of closed-toe shoes that are comfy and have rubber soles so that you can avoid slips and falls.

4.    Leave light, small items in the dresser

To reduce your clothes packing time, do not remove light garments from your dressers. These include socks, underwear, satin pajamas, etc. As long as the drawers can be locked, you can leave these clothing items inside them.

By following this tip, you won’t have to get additional boxes to use for packing these garments. If you want to be sure a dresser is fully secure, cover it with stretch wrap before moving day.

5.    Pack some clothes in your luggage

You can also save more money on moving boxes by packing your clothes in your suitcases and travel bags.


Your luggage will do a great job of protecting your more expensive and delicate pieces of clothing. In addition, by using your suitcases, you will easily know where your clothes are in the moving truck.

6.    Get smaller boxes for your clothes

To pack your remaining clothes, use good-quality cardboard boxes. However, make sure you use smaller cartons since clothes can weigh a lot.


If you use big boxes, you will end up putting a lot of garments inside them which can cause the carton bottoms to collapse. They will be more difficult to move as well.

To have an easier time unpacking these boxes, make sure you label them properly. Write the type of clothes that are inside the box. If you packed the clothes by season, write the season on the carton as well. By doing so, you will be able to open the boxes with the clothes you need immediately, and unpack the ones for winter or summer at a later time.

7.    Consider getting one or two wardrobe boxes

If you don’t want certain clothes to get wrinkled during the move and you want them to be fully protected from dust and dirt, you may want to buy a few wardrobe boxes.

A wardrobe box is a specially-designed box that has a rod across the top which you can use to hang your clothes on. Although they can be a bit expensive, if you want to be sure your clothes don’t get wrinkled in transit and you don’t want to spend your first few days in your new home ironing and dry cleaning your expensive garments, get one or two of these boxes.

Alternatively, if any of your clothes do get a tad wrinkled, and you’re too tired from the move to do any ironing, make sure to hire ironing services to reduce your stress, and for the work to be done efficiently.

To make the whole process of packing your clothes less time-consuming, follow the advice above. These tips will also help you have an easier time unpacking your clothing items when you’re ready to do so.


Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.