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How to Pack Hangers for Moving

July 20,2022

If you've ever moved, you probably know what a pain in the neck can be to pack hangers. They're tough to get on and off, don't stack well, and take up more room than needed. Plus, they can be overwhelming if you have many of them. If you're planning a move soon, you might wonder, are your hangers worth packing and moving? Or are they better left for the next victim of the moving curse? National Movers has these tips for your hanger storage while moving. A moving company knows these tips — now you do too!

Are Your Hangers Worth Packing and Moving?

Hangers are one of the most common items in a household, but they can also be one of the most challenging items to pack. You don't want to fill your entire closet with hangers, but you also don't want to leave them behind.

Why Are Hangers So Challenging To Pack?

The main problem with packing hangers is that they don't stack well because they have hooks sticking out on both sides, making it hard to fit into boxes and bags without taking up too much space and potentially damaging other items.

Sort Before Packing

Sort all your hangers by type and style before packing them away for your move. This will make it easier to find what you need when you arrive at your new home.

Give Away Hangers You Won't Use

If you don't wear dresses or skirts often, give away those hangers so they can be used by someone who needs them more than you. If the hanger has sentimental value, keep it in a drawer instead of giving it away.

How can you give them away?

  • Thrift stores such as Salvation Army or Goodwill
  • Facebook has many groups called "Buy Nothing" groups. Simply search for your location. They often ask that you truly live in the area you request to join. You can offer free items and search for things (after the move) that you may need.
  • Crafty friends or groups. Many crafts use different types of hangers. For example, did you know you can make a gorgeous holiday wreath with plastic hangers? Sure can.

Keep Clothes On Hangers

You may want to keep your clothes on hangers and not fold them when moving. You can keep them wrinkle-free and save space in your moving boxes. Plus, it's much easier to hang clothes up after the move than it is to fold them.

Wardrobe Box

If you have an old wardrobe box or another container that's big enough for hanging clothes, use it! This is especially helpful if you want to keep your clothes organized by color or size — as long as they're not too heavy!

Wardrobe Luggage

Use a large suitcase instead if you don't have a wardrobe box. You can fit more clothes into a suitcase than a wardrobe box, but be careful not to overstuff it, so your clothes don't get wrinkled during transit.

Trash Bag

In a pinch, trash bags work perfectly as garment bags. Cut a tiny slit in the middle of the bottom of the bag. Feed your hanger hooks (with clothes on them) through the slit, and pull the bag over your clothing. If there is room, tie the trash bag at the bottom (which is actually the top of the bag).

Group and Stack Properly

The most efficient way to pack hangers is by grouping them according to type and stacking them orderly on top or inside each other. For example, you might stack all your dress hangers together and then arrange them in size order from smallest to largest; this allows you to fit more hangers into one box without creating any bulges.

Secure Hangers With Rubber Bands or Plastic Wrap

Before placing hangers into a box, secure them with either rubber bands or plastic wrap, so they don't fall out while moving around. This keeps them safe while being packed away and prevents them from scratching other items during transit.

Arrange Bundled Hangers In a Cardboard Box

Put your hangers in bundles of five or six. You can wrap them in tissue paper or newspaper to protect them from scratches and dents, which can happen when thrown around in a moving truck. If you have a lot of hangers that need to be packed, you may want to consider using a large cardboard box for them instead of wrapping each one individually. This will make it easier for you to lift the boxes into the moving truck and help protect them from damage during shipping.

National Movers

Overall, it just takes some time and planning. You don't need to take everything off your hangers (or even remove the hangers from your clothing entirely), but the more effort you put into minimizing these items, the more space you'll save yourself and the less money you'll spend on moving services. Your local mover has you covered! National Movers specializes in unique situations.