Moving Tip #4...Packing
For many of my major moves, we were fortunate that Larry’s company paid for the move including packing everything. Thankfully I watched everything they did and made note of how they managed to pack, ship, and not break Larry’s stuffed turkey (in flight), my dishes, several golf trophies, and various keepsakes.
If you are doing this on your own, as we did (for the most part) with our last move, here are some tips to make sure that your treasures arrive intact.
This is where you don’t want to skimp. You’ll use wads of it to line the bottom of your boxes. Use several sheets to wrap items. Use sheets to fill in spaces and cushion the top.
You can buy paper at your local hardware stores, at moving companies, and often find it on Craigslist or OfferUp.
Great for breakables. Again, don’t skimp on this! The investment you make will save you headaches down the road.
You can buy boxes where you’d purchase paper. If you get them used, make sure that they’re not so used that they won’t stand up to another move.
It’s best to pack lighter weight items like bedding and pillows in larger boxes and save the smaller ones for books, etc.
Don’t overpack, either. I’ve read that you want to keep your box weight at 50 pounds or less.
Dishpak boxes are made for dishes and it is double corrugated which makes it stronger.
4. Use what you have to help you move...in other words, don’t move air
Movers will tell you there’s no need to remove items out of furniture that you’re moving. For example, you can leave your clothing in your dressers. Just make sure that things aren’t rattling around. Check with your mover first!
5. Know what and where you’ve packed your items
Buy large markers and label each box with your name and the room it belongs in.
Be specific with each box.
6. Use towels and clothing for cushioning
Just as you’ll want to use lots of paper to help cushion your boxes, you can use towels and clothing as well. Place beach towels at the bottom or tops of boxes.
I moved some of my items like condiments that were in bottles by putting them in a ziplock bag then placing the bag in a plastic food storage container.
Test your box after you pack it. Make sure the top doesn’t squish in or that items inside aren’t jiggling.
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