How to Pack Your Hanging Clothes

Our dear friend, Anne Jackson, moved out yesterday. She’s been staying with us for a couple of months while looking for a place to live in Nashville. While lugging one load after the other to her car, I mentioned to her that I knew of a great way to transfer hanging clothes—especially if they’re going to be packed in a car.

We all know that hauling and transporting piles of hanging clothes is a royal pain. The piles slide every which way and become one big, tangled mess to pick up and sort through. Anne’s plan was to take them all off the hangers, fold them carefully, squeeze them into Space Bags, haul them to the car, into the new house, up the stairs, free them from the bags, unfold them, place them all back on hangers and hang them in the closet. Also a royal pain.

I said, “Stop! I’ve got the solution.” “Fold them in a sheet.”

“A sheet?” she queried.

“Yes, a sheet.”

I explained to her how.

“BRILLIANT! Absolutely BRILLIANT!” she exclaimed once the bundle was secured. “How have I moved 37 times [or however many times it’s been] and never discovered this? You’re a GENIUS!”

Well, I don’t know about that, but here’s how we did it. Six easy steps. Maybe it will make your next move a little easier.

1. Spread a sheet squarely across your bed or out on the floor.

2. Lay your clothes neatly in the middle of the sheet.

3. Fold the left and right sides of the sheet across the top of the clothes.

4. Fold the top and the bottom parts of the sheet into a “point.”

5. Gather the two points and tie them into a knot.

6. Pull the knot tight.

 Tah-Dah! From one closet to the next, you are ready to move!!

A huge “Thank You” to Anne for being the willing demonstrator. (You’ve been the perfect house guest. Mike and I are going to miss you!)

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16 Responses to “How to Pack Your Hanging Clothes”

  1. Hope your move went well. Especially the unpacking. 🙂

  2. Excellent! Im moving this weekend and will totally put this packing advice to use!

  3. Wish i’d known about this when my house burned. ALL my clothes burned.this is a good tip for moving in a hurry: throw everything on top of the bed and fold bedspread up the same way

  4. Great tip! Will need it when we move daughter back to college in a month!

  5. Dorm/apartment moving is PERFECT for this!

  6. Having moved my children in & out of dorms & apartments, I cannot believe none of us ever thought of doing it this way. THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!! Although I must admit, I hope I do not have to use it any time soon :))) Thanks for the tip which I will definitely remember!!!

  7. I’ve done the trash bag thing, too. Not a good deal. And harder to carry.

    Happy moving … whenever that will be. 🙂

  8. This is brilliant. We have used trash bags, but the hangers slip and the pile gets all skewed. Now, I can’t wait to move (Ha!).
    Discovered your blog through your husband’s. Enjoying it, thank you for the inspiration. Loved the “Do the Climb”, and yes, I have 5 or 6 books I’m reading at a time, too.

  9. Hi Vicki!

  10. Yep. When Miriam moves out she’ll need to remember this one.

  11. Definitely will remember this TIP! Thanks.

  12. That is so cool to know! Thanks for posting…I’ll have to remember this 🙂

  13. Hopefully YOU won’t be needing this info anytime soon. 🙂

  14. Joan Kirkpatrick July 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Great idea! Will pass it on.


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