Moving Tip #4...Packing

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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 movingthey 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.

 

1.Paper

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.

 

using bubble wrap to pack2.Bubble wrap

Great for breakables. Again, don’t skimp on this!  The investment you make will save you headaches down the road.

 

3.Boxes

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 belongsmoving 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.

 

7.Plastic bags

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.

 

8.No jiggling

Test your box after you pack it. Make sure the top doesn’t squish in or that items inside aren’t jiggling.

 

For more Moving tips:

Moving Tip #1  Edit what you have

Moving Tip #2  Let your pictures tell a story

Moving Tip #3  How to edit your treasures

 

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Kathy Streib moving is always a memorable experience!!  but it's a good memory if you do it right.... you've provided an important list for all who are moving....

Mar 22, 2019 07:26 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those are all excellent tips, Kathy.  I am especially fond of bubble wrap for breakable and valuable things.

Mar 22, 2019 07:32 AM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 22, 2019 07:33 AM #10
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Kathy, you deserve a gold star for this post. Packed with useful advice. I really like your idea for how you moved your condiments. Every time I move I say I'll never do it again, it's the unpacking that does me in.

Mar 22, 2019 07:36 AM #11
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Kathy,

Love the last tip, I knew all the others having moved, and watching the packers do it.  A

Mar 22, 2019 11:11 AM #12
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These are really good tips!  If I steal this and turn it into a document, along with the tips I am stealing from Amanda S. Davidson with regard to getting a home ready to sell, I am going to have some great material to give my clients, haha.

Mar 22, 2019 11:55 AM #13
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Good afternoon Kathy - know where you put everything. We moved years ago and then bought new decorations at Christmas only to find out later that they were in boxes in my daughter’s closet. 

Mar 22, 2019 12:17 PM #14
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Mar 22, 2019 03:41 PM #15
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Excellent tips.  I don't plan on having anything other than necessities. 

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Kathy more good tips, and with your recent move you can attest from your own experience!!!

Mar 22, 2019 05:04 PM #17
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Hi Michael Jacobs which we actually ended up doing!!! Larry had the box for our big automatic coffeemaker set aside to pack it in but a mover taped it up and put it in the truck. Yep, we moved an empty box. 

Wayne Martin That's a great track record.  We had one item broken and the movers did it!

Mar 22, 2019 07:11 PM #18
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Nina Hollander we learn from each move, don't we?

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I agree. If you think you're saving money on paper and bubble wrap, you'll cost yourself much more. 

Hannah Williams trust me, I dreaded it! I don't mind unpacking because then you don't have a deadline. 

 

Mar 22, 2019 07:17 PM #19
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Roy Kelley wow!!!! I envy you and Dolores!  My brother and his wife have been in their home for 25 years and dread the thought of moving. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I can remember our first corporate move...I watched everything they did and learned a lot!!! 

 

Mar 22, 2019 07:22 PM #20
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Barbara Todaro I've seen some people put so much in those large boxes they're too heavy for anyone to move. 

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you for the feature in your group!!! And, you're right...bubble wrap is your friend!

Mar 22, 2019 07:24 PM #21
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Amanda S. Davidson Thank you!!! You know, I'd much rather have someone pack for me!  I grabbed everything I could in the house for padding, including dish towels, socks, etc. Everything arrived in ship shape. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I drove the movers crazy because I checked every box, tried to jiggle them and see if they squished. 

 

Mar 22, 2019 07:27 PM #22
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Brian England your clients are already ahead of the game with you as their agent. 

Grant Schneider Larry couldn't find his speakers (which he had packed) but later found them in his fishing gear. 

Mar 22, 2019 07:29 PM #23
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Hannah Williams Thank you for the feature in my favorite group. 

Sharon Lee Smart thinking. 

George Souto I used every one of these!!!!

Michael Jacobs we still laugh about it. 

Mar 22, 2019 07:32 PM #24
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Eight g8 tips for getting successfully to your destination without a pile of rubble Kathy Streib 

Mar 22, 2019 10:31 PM #25
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James Dray
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Morning Kathy.

My wife let me help her once, just once mind you, now she does the packing and I just seal up the boxes.  

Mar 23, 2019 02:14 AM #26
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Sharon Tara
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Good times. Isn't moving fun?

Great tips Kathy!

Mar 25, 2019 06:49 PM #27
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