Doing Your Own Packing:
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Gather Together Everything You’ll Need
- Various sizes of sturdy cartons with flaps that can be
- White paper, tissue paper, paper towels, newsprint –
good for all purpose wrapping and cushioning.
- Bubble wrap.
- Furniture pads.
- Scissors/sharp knife.
- Felt-tip marker for labeling cartons.
- Notebook/pen for itemizing cartons contents.
- Sandwich bags to hold furniture hardware and other
Good Packing is Essential For a Good Move
- Limit cartons, when possible, to a maximum of 50
pounds to make handling easier.
- Wrap all items carefully.
- Provide plenty of cushioning to absorb shock.
- Use sturdy, high quality cartons.
- Make sure cartons are packed firmly – cartons should
not have space for items to move around and should not bulge outward or bend
- Do not mix items from different rooms in the same
carton if possible.
Ready, Set, Pack!
- Start packing a few weeks before the actual move. Plan
on packing 2-3 boxes per hour. If you have a spare room available, consider
making it your packing headquarters.
- Start with out of season items. Next, pack things that
are used infrequently. Leave until last the things you’ll need until moving
- Pack similar items together. Do not pack glassware in
the same carton with cast-iron frying pans for example.
- It is OK to leave blankets, sweaters, bath towels and
other light weight items in drawers.
- Build up layers with the heaviest things on the
bottom, medium weight next and lightest on the top. As each layer is
completed, fill in the empty spaces firmly with packing material to make a
level base for the next layer.
- Cushion well with crushed paper. Towels and
lightweight blankets make good padding and are good for cushioning items.
The more fragile the item the more cushioning needed.
- Seal cartons tightly with tape. As you finish with
each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton and in your
notebook. Also list to what room that the carton should be delivered at
China, Glassware & Silverware
- Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually
in clean paper. Using several sheets of paper start from the corner
wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges.
- A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is
required for all china and glassware.
- Pack flatware on edge.
- Label cartons “FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP”.
Lamps & Décor
- Remove all bulbs and lamp shades.
- Never wrap lampshades in newspaper because the ink
will rub off and stain the shade.
- Smaller shades can be nested in larger ones.
- Package bulbs and shades in their own cartons and
- Wrap décor items first in tissue paper, paper towels
or facial tissue. Then, wrap carefully in newspaper. Be sure all items are
well protected with plenty of cushioning.
- Wrap furniture with furniture pads. Be careful not to
stick tape on finished surface of furniture items.
- Remove all legs if possible. Secure hardware in
plastic bags and tape to the underside of the furniture.
- A coat of wax on fine furnishings prior to moving day
will help protect the surface from minor scratches.
- It is OK to leave light articles of clothing in
dresser drawers. Secure all drawers so they do not open in transit.
- Clean and thoroughly dry major appliances in
preparation for moving.
- Remove broiler pan and racks from the oven. Tape
burners and coil elements securely for transport. Tape down all knobs.
- Coil and attach all electrical cords to the appliance.
- Disconnect all hoses from washing machines and dryers.
Store the hoses inside the machine. Secure washing machine tub with braces
- Whenever possible pack in original factory packaging.
- Wind and secure all electrical cords.
- Plasma and LCD TV’s may require crating and third
party services to protect them properly.
- Software and CD’s do not survive high temperatures.
Consider keeping these items with you.
- Drain gasoline and oil from all power equipment;
mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, etc.
- Poisonous and/or corrosive chemicals may not be
shipped (refer to do not pack list)
- Bundle long handled garden tools together for easier
You might find it helpful
to reserve a carton for last-minute items to
packed on moving day. Include such necessities as:
Facial and toilet tissue
The same carton can serve as
an instant aid box for things
might need immediately upon arrival at your new
Instant soup mixes
Paper plates and cups
Plastic eating utensils
Plastic trash bags
Screwdriver and hammer
Small pan or electric
coffee pot for heating water