Packing clothes for a move is an essential stage in any home moving process. Sooner or later, you’ll reach that point in time when you’ll have to pack up your clothes… unless, of course, you’ve hired professional packers to do that for you.
We’ve already covered the important topic of how to prepare your clothes for packing (sorting, grouping, etc.) and how to pack clothes for a move according to the best packing practices. This time, we’ll turn your attention to one notable aspect of that specific packing job – how to pack hanging clothes for a move, quickly, easily, and safely.
Basically, there are two ways to pack clothes while on the hangers: using special wardrobe boxes and using trash bags. We’ll discuss both clothes packing methods, pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of each packing techniques, and providing simple steps to pack clothes on hangers.
So, what’s the best way to pack hanging clothes when moving home?
How to pack hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes: pros, cons, and packing steps
Wardrobe boxes are ideal for packing formal and designer clothes simply because they offer the best protection for the more expensive clothes you own – suits, dresses, jackets and other pieces of clothing you definitely don’t want to see ruined during the house move.
Those special packing boxes for hanging clothes are designed to look and act like small closets. Like a life-sized wardrobe, the special-purpose boxes even have their own metal rods to hold the hangers that in turn hold the clothes wrinkle-free, protected, and easily accessible.
Advantages of using wardrobe boxes
The pros of using wardrobe boxes to pack and move your clothes are:
- Ultimate protection for your expensive clothes: no wrinkles, no dust, no damage of any kind;
- Quick packing and unpacking as your clothes are transferred directly from your closet into those boxes, together with the hangers;
Disadvantages of using wardrobe boxes
The cons of using wardrobe boxes to pack and move your clothes are:
- Wardrobe boxes are expensive. How much do wardrobe boxes cost? A single box can cost around $15-$20. You can still find better deals, especially if you purchase those cardboard containers in packs.
- Wardrobe boxes take up space. Those boxes will protect your valuable clothes like nothing else, but they are rather bulky and will take plenty of space inside the moving van.
Steps to packing hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes
Once you secure the right number of wardrobe moving boxes, let’s move on to the best way to move clothes across country.
- Step 1: Assemble the wardrobe boxes.
- Step 2: Place the metal rod in the openings on the top of the box, then press down until the bar clicks securely into its pre-designated place.
- Step 3: Initiate the transfer process: place your hanging clothes on the rod without removing them from their respective hangers. Consider leaving enough space between the clothes to prevent possible wrinkles.
- Step 4: Remove any dry cleaning bags because the plastic material could damage some of the clothes during the actual transportation. Why? The extreme heat in the back of the moving van may melt any plastic bags and ruin your expensive clothes.
- Step 5: Do not pack empty hangers on the rod of the wardrobe box because this way you will waste precious space. What should you do with the empty clothes hangers? Consult our packing guide that describes in detail how to pack hangers for a move.
- Step 6: Do not place anything relatively heavy on the bottoms of the wardrobe boxes because the latter are not designed to hold heavy items. Still, it’s okay to place really lightweight items on the bottom such pillows in order to use up the packing space effectively.
- Step 7: Close the flaps of the wardrobe box when you’re done arranging your clothes, and seal the box with high-quality packing tape.
- Step 8: Label the box with its content and destination room to facilitate the unpacking task upon arrival.
Safety tip: The ends of the metal rod will stay unprotected at the sides, so make sure you cover those two metal parts with tape to avoid injuries if you’re moving the wardrobe boxes by yourself.
Pro tip: If you’re packing baby clothes, then you want to make sure you squeeze the maximum out of your wardrobe boxes. How do you do that? Take another metal bar and place it in the middle of the box, attaching it to the two handle openings in the cardboard itself. Now you have two wardrobe boxes for the price of one. Don’t forget to tape the metal parts that are protruding so that you eliminate the possibility of a personal injury on Moving day.
Yes, wardrobe boxes can be expensive but they are usually well worth the investment. Purchase such special cardboard boxes online, directly from your mover, or from another local moving company.
See also: How to pack clothes for moving
How to pack hanging clothes with trash bags: pros, cons, and packing steps
If you’re moving on a budget, then it’s only normal that you’ll want to save as much as possible on your move. In such a case, you won’t be willing to spend money to purchase costly wardrobe boxes. It’s okay, there’s an alternative packing method that is often viewed as a packing trick, or even a hack – to pack clothes in garbage bags.
Advantages of using trash bags
The pros of using garbage bags to pack and move your clothes are:
- Garbage bags are super inexpensive;
- Trash bags will take less space inside the moving truck;
- Packing hanging clothes in trash bags is super quick and easy.
Disadvantages of using garbage bags
The cons of using trash bags to pack and move your clothes are:
- Trash bags offer much less protection than wardrobe boxes;
- Trash bags tear easily and may expose your clothes to dust, dirt, and moisture.
Steps to packing hanging clothes in trash bags
Moving hanging clothes in garbage bags is easier than saying your own name:
- Step 1: Get clean extra-strength garbage bags;
- Step 2: Use a cable tie or a rubber band to tie together several hangers while the clothes are still on them;
- Step 3: Poke a hole in the bottom of a trash bag, pull that bag over a pre-tied group of hanging clothes until you get the metal hooks through the hole.
- Step 4: Secure the loose end of the trash bag at the bottom. The clothes should not be hanging from the bottom of the garbage bag. There are a couple of things you can do: 1) Get a larger trash bag that will cover the entire length of your clothes, then use tape to close the bag bottom, or 2) Stuff your clothes into the bag and then close up the bottom using tape so that your clothes are 100% protected from dust, dirt or moisture.
- Step 5: You’re done! That was easy enough, wasn’t it? You just learned the best way to pack clothes to save space and time.
Your choice of how to pack hanging clothes when moving will depend on the type of clothes you own, the time you have to pack up your garments, and your current financial situation. As a rule of thumb, packing up your clothes by yourself will enable you to save money. However, insufficient time until Moving day may force you to resort to hiring professional packing services.