Add method to the madness with these packing
You can make packing your things a lot easier with
these simple techniques:
Use the proper packing materials. It
will pay off in the long run! Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap,
and packing peanuts can all be purchased at local moving or shipping
companies. Wardrobe boxes and other specialty boxes can be found there
too. Sturdy boxes can also be retrieved from wholesale companies, at
no charge, after a shipment. Other great types of reasonably priced
padding for your boxes include wadded-up newspaper, old pillows and
The following is a list of tools and materials to
make your packing go more smoothly:
- Razor knife and/or scissors
- Note pad
- Dark, water-resistant marker
- Boxes of all sizes
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Packing peanuts
Pack one room at a time, labeling
each box appropriately (on top and side) with a description of its contents
and which room the box belongs in. Also label boxes containing breakable
or sentimental items with "Fragile." Keep a detailed list
of what items are packed in each box to make unpacking easier.
Empty all drawers of breakable or
spillable items. To safeguard against unnecessary damage, it's a good
idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in one container
that you can keep with you so the parts won't get lost.
Do not pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive
items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks,
propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil-based paints, and certain cleaning
Wrap items individually and always
place a layer of crushed paper in the bottom of the carton for cushioning.
Fill empty spaces with additional crushed paper.
Make sure cartons are firmly packed,
with heavier items on bottom and lighter ones on top.
Pack according to the season if you'll
be putting some boxes in storage. Mark the boxes accordingly
Put heavy items in small boxes so
that they're easier to carry.
Make sure the items you'll need first
are loaded in last when packing the truck. You'll make access easier
for the things you need (ie. kids toys, kitchen items, telephone and
Use common sense when loading your
truck by keeping in mind the size, sturdiness, and weight of your boxes.
Plan ahead for what you'll need the
first day after your move. Packing a separate bag with your toiletries,
a change of clothes, etc. will prevent unnecessary scrambling or a run
to the local store.
Move on a weekday, if possible. Banks,
utilities and government offices will be open if you need them.