Sorting Clothes When Packing Your Move

Sorting Clothes When Packing Your Move

Most of all, when moving, you are afraid that you will lose something. This is bound to happen if you break the order of packing things, namely, if you start collecting everything in a chaotic mode, without any sense. Therefore, the number one problem when packing things is the lack of consistency: people start dumping everything into boxes indiscriminately. Needless to say, in a new apartment, sorting things out will become a game of “find if you can”.

The second problem with packaging is quality. This is when boxes of clothes do not take up half of your moving truck, when you do not have to collect the broken service in parts in a new apartment, when books are not soaked with an incomprehensible liquid along the way. Your life will be easier if you address part of your packing to moving professionals.

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Group clothing by material type

In one box, you should put clothes made of the same material. It can be silk, cotton, polyester, wool and other fabrics. Each material requires different care, has a different thickness and a tendency to crease. This will make it easier for you to sort out the clothes in your new home and unpack the ones you need first.

  • Woollen fabric is thicker than the rest and less wrinkled. To pack such things, fold them as usual and put them on top of the rest of your clothes. You can put paper towels between the items of clothing so that they do not get tangled together. You can also use several additional boxes based on the thickness of the fabric.
  • Silk and cotton are thinner and crease easily. If you are not afraid of folds, then put such clothes in a separate box. You can always iron it. But if you don’t want creases on your clothes, then hang each item on hangers and put a plastic bag on top of them. Then hang them in a vehicle or dressing box.
  • Polyester and synthetic materials can be safely put in boxes. They are quite thin and almost do not crumple. Fold them like any clothes and place them in a box on top of each other.

Pack off-season clothing first

You will not need it immediately, so you can specify the type of clothing on the tag to unpack such boxes last. For example, if you’re moving in early summer, pack all your fall sweaters and winter coats first. If the move takes place in January, first fold the t-shirts and short-sleeve shirts.

If you are packing in one of the transition months, then leave some necessary items at the top of the box.

Pack special clothing as well. It includes camping equipment, swimming trunks, and more. Surely in the event of a large move, all travel will have to be rescheduled.

Arrange your clothes according to the seasons

Use different boxes for summer, autumn, winter and spring clothing. Spring and summer clothing is usually lighter and can be packed tightly. Such wardrobe items are quite easy to crumple, so some things are better left on hangers. Fold wisely, as space needs to be used efficiently. Autumn and winter clothing is more dense and less wrinkled. It requires a lot of boxes, but almost don’t need a hanger.

Do not forget about the tags, otherwise you will have to rummage through each box in search of the right thing.

Sort your clothes according to the climate of your new place of residence. 

If you’re going north, pack your winter clothes first. So you can use it immediately upon arrival. When heading south, pack your spring and summer clothes first.

Divide the clothes by size

Put all the larger clothes in one box and the smaller clothes in the other. For example; sweaters, jackets, raincoats and jeans can be placed in one box; underwear, socks, gloves, hats, leggings will fit in a small box. Do not forget to indicate the contents of the box on the tag, as you will mix clothes of different types.

Make a list of all the packed clothes, so that you don’t mess with the tag later.

Combine different packaging methods. For example, put together large clothes that you only wear in winter. Pack small silk items. So you will save yourself a headache during unpacking.

Divide the clothes according to their intended purpose

Put all the pants and pants in one box. Underwear should also be packed separately. Use one box only for shirts. This method is well suited for quick crossings. If your move is delayed, it is better to use other packaging methods that allow you to put different types of clothes in one box.


  • Do not put jewelry in boxes with clothes. So you risk losing them or tearing the fabric.
  • Pack only dry and clean clothing. You don’t need mold in your new home. This will also protect the rest of your clothing from unpleasant odors.
  • Separate delicate items with layers of paper towels or fabric.
  • It is better to put hats in separate large boxes. It is very important that they do not lose their shape.
  • Heavy items should be placed on the bottom of the boxes, and light items can be folded on top.
  • If you wrap fragile items in clothing, do not wrap sharp objects in this way, which can tear or puncture your belongings.


  • Do not forget to put insect repellent in the boxes, especially when packing clothes for a long time. Spiders, ants and other insects like to settle in the warm fabric. It is better to use special means for clothing.
  • Especially heavy items should be placed in several boxes. Just place the smaller box in the larger box. So they will be easier and more reliable to move from place to place.


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