Packing Tips

Packing your belongings is one of the most important aspects of your move. If you don’t know how to properly pack your items, especially items that require special care, you could end up at your new place with ruined furniture and decorations. Use the following packing tips to help you ensure your memories arrive safely at your new location:

  • Plates, saucers and flat china – Wrap individually and then bundle three or four together. Stand on end in carton, never lay flat. Use larger items as the bottom layer and place crumpled newsprint cushioning between each layer.
  • Bowls and other odd shaped items – Should be individually wrapped. Everyday cereal or salad bowls may be nested together after they have been wrapped. Heavier bowls, such as mixing bowls, may be placed near the bottom or middle of the carton; lighter, more delicate bowls should make up the upper layers. Place upside down, bottoms facing up.
  • Cups and glasses – Should be placed near the top, rim down, individually wrapped. packing tips
  • Glassware and crystal – Should always be individually wrapped and place in the top layer. Never nest one piece inside the other. For particularly fragile pieces, pack and cushion in smaller separate cartons. Place the smaller carton inside the larger one with generous newsprint cushioning.
  • Books  Can be packed flat or upright with open edges and bound ends alternating. For books with fragile covers, wrap first in newsprint.
  • Clothing – Can be placed hanging in wardrobe cartons. Some clothing may stay in dressers, if the dresser is sturdy, but don’t overload drawers. Other folded clothing may be placed in medium cartons.
  • Food – Should be packed in medium cartons with openings taped shut to prevent spillage. Jars or canned goods should be packed in book cartons. Make sure jars are wrapped and cushioned with newsprint. Never pack or move perishable or frozen foods.
  • Hats – Can be packed in a larger carton if they are in hat boxes. If not, loosely stuff with crushed paper and pack in the smallest carton available.
  • Lamp bases – Should be wrapped, cushioned and packed in dish pack cartons.
  • Lamp shades – Should be individually packed in appropriately sized cartons. Do not over stuff cartons with too much newsprint. Shades can dent easily. Cushion loosely.
  • Dried Flowers – Should be packed alone in the appropriately sized carton and loosely cushioned with crumpled newsprint. Live plants cannot be transported aboard the moving van.
  • Computers, CD players, radios and other electronics – Should be carefully wrapped and cushioned, then placed in medium or large cartons. Larger electronic pieces, such as television sets, computer monitors and entertainment systems will be padded by your driver and moved as furniture. If possible, computer equipment (monitors, towers and keyboards) should be repacked in their original cartons to provide maximum protection.
  • Mirrors, marble tops, glass tops and pictures – should be packed in mirror/picture cartons unless they are small enough to be individually wrapped and placed with other fragile items in larger cartons. When placing in other cartons, place on edge — not flat. Large marble or glass table tops often require a special crate and professional handling. The weight makes these items impractical to be packed in a corrugated carton.
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