Moving can be a stressful experience, but grouping clothes by category can make the packing and unpacking processes much easier. Here are a few ways you can organize your clothes for packing:
Sort by Type
The most obvious way to sort your clothes is by type of clothing: shoes, tops, bottoms, dresses and skirts, suits, underwear, outerwear, and accessories. This packing method will make it easier to find specific items later.
You can take this a step further by dividing each clothing category into subtypes. For instance, you could separate your tops into T-shirts, sweaters, and blouses. Bottoms could be subdivided into jeans, shorts, slacks, and athletic wear.
Sort by Material
Keep delicate fabrics and hanging clothes separate from other items to avoid snags and wrinkles. Wrap clothing made of silk, lace, or cashmere in tissue paper or a garment bag. Keep leather suits and dresses on wooden or padded hangers rather than folding them.
Be careful to separate items with zippers, hook-and-eye fasteners, buttons, and metal details from your more delicate items. Label boxes that contain delicate clothing as fragile.
Sort by Season
If your wardrobe contains warm- and cold-weather clothing, sorting by season could be practical. This will allow you to prioritize between summer and winter clothes when packing and unpacking. You can pack off-season clothes first and pack clothes for the current season last.
Sort by Occasion
To sort your clothes by occasion, consider when and where you wear them. For instance, you might have certain clothes you only wear to work. Those clothes could be grouped together to help you find what you need when unpacking. You might also have separate boxes for everyday clothes, sleepwear, formalwear, workout clothes, etc.
Sort for Efficiency
Certain clothing types require special care when packing. For instance, you should pack hats in sturdy boxes and stuff them with something soft to help them hold their shape. If you are packing for efficiency, you can use socks or underwear instead of tissue paper. You can take the same approach with shoes by stuffing them with smaller clothing items and wrapping them in a T-shirt to prevent scuffs or damage.
Suits, dresses, and leather jacks travel best on padded hangers, so you should pack them in a garment bag or wardrobe box. If you choose the latter, you may have a little extra space at the bottom of the box. This space can be filled with shoes, purses, scarves, or other accessories. Just be sure to wrap anything that might cause snagging in plastic. Bulky outerwear can be folded and packed together in a vacuum-sealed storage bag to save space.