Packing Tips for your next move
- Start ASAP! Plan in advance and pack a little bit at a time. Don’t wait until the day before you move.
- Keep focused! Start with one room and pack entire rooms at a time. It’s best to start with a room that isn’t used as often.
- Identify your boxes! Mark the room location and a general description of the contents on the box. Make sure to label the side of the box so that you can still read it if boxes are stacked.
- Group your items! Organize items that belong together by keeping them in the same box.
- Pack according to weight! Use smaller boxes for heavier items, and bigger boxes for lighter items, which makes lifting easier and also ensures the box won’t collapse under weight of the contents. A good rule for weight maximum is 50 lb per box.
- Protect your breakables! For dishes, china, and glassware, it’s best to use a dish pack and plenty of packing paper, bubble wrap, or other padding materials. Large plates and heavier pieces should be placed on the bottom of the container, on edge. Smaller items like coffee cups, saucers, etc. should go towards the top. You should always line the bottom of the carton with a 3-inch cushion of crumpled packing paper, with 2 inches of paper in between each layer.
- Keep clothing items simple! Often times, you can leave your clothing items in dresser drawers or packed in large boxes. For hanging items, wardrobe cartons are convenient.
- Handle valuables yourself! You should transport jewelry and other valuables (i.e., legal papers and money) yourself.
- Handle lamps with care! Remove light bulbs and wrap the lamp harp, base, and bulb separately in packing paper. Use paper pads for larger lamps. Use clean tissue paper to wrap the lamp shade rather than newspaper, as newspaper ink can stain the shade.
- Keep linens clean! Pack your linens into large boxes or trunks. The box should be lined with clean packing paper, but never newspaper, as the ink can soil the fabric.
- Rely on your mover how to handle artwork, pictures, and mirrors! Small pictures and mirrors should be wrapped carefully in packing paper and placed on edge in a medium sized box. Larger mirrors and pictures should be padded, wrapped and placed in mirror appropriate boxes or crates for safe transportation. Don’t allow paper to touch the surface of an oil painting, as it can damage the painting. It is best to ask your moving consultant about the best way to move such items.
- Store your media! For CDs, DVDs, and other media, use smaller boxes, with jewel cases stacked side by side to provide the greatest resistance to weight pressure.
Keep these tips in mind, and you will ensure your move goes smoothly. For additional Packing Tips visit our packing page.