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      Helpful Reminders

      Unloading and unpacking

      Moving boxes
      How many boxes do I need?

      What other supplies do I need?

      Tips for packing moving boxes

      Helpful hints for selection/use of boxes


If you’ve decided to take on the task of packing you belongings, there are some basic things you need to know before getting started. By getting familiar with the basics of packing, you’ll prevent headaches and save yourself time and even money.

The first thing to consider is what to take and what to leave behind. Clothing you never wear and items you haven’t used for years might serve a better purpose at a yard sale rather than taking up precious space during your moving process. Additionally, you may need to leave behind large appliances in the case that you new home is already outfitted with such things.

Begin packing one room at a time. You can start packing rarely used items such as sports equipment that is out of season or holiday decorations well in advance of your actual move date. Likewise, goods stored in the garage and attic can be packed early on.

Do not pack any potentially hazardous or flammable materials such as gasoline, lighter fluid, bleach, pesticides, fireworks, or propane tanks. These items are unstable for shipment and could cause extensive unforeseen damage to your property.

Likewise, don’t pack any extremely valuable possessions with your household goods. This includes personal files, tickets for travel, financial statements, car keys, records, jewelry, medications, and deeds. Also, pack the least used items first and save everyday items like cooking utensils and bed linens for last.

For clothing such as suits and dresses, you can purchase special cartons that will allow the items to remain hanging during the move. This will avoid costly dry cleaning later on and prevent damage. Do not use garment bags for this purpose, as your clothing will arrive in wrinkled and possibly ruined condition.

When packing your household goods, you’ll need to use packing materials to protect them during shipment. Additionally, choosing the right kind of boxes for your items will be important in guaranteeing their safe arrival at the destination.

Use a heavy duty plastic type of carton sealing tape for securing your boxes. If you use a cheap or inferior type of tape, you risk the chance of the tape breaking and the contents of your box spilling out.

To protect your items, wrap them carefully with bubble wrap or tissue paper. Place them in an appropriately sized box and cushion them with newspaper, newsprint, or Styrofoam packing peanuts. This will help protect the wrapped items and prevent them from being jostled to the point of damage during their transport. Finally, use several layers of packing tape to create a sturdy seal for the box.

Don’t put more than fifty pounds of weight in any one box, and the heaviest items should be put into the box first. Use smaller boxes for heavier items such as books, and larger boxes for lighter items such as pots and pans.

To make things easier when you’re unpacking, you may choose to transport clothing in their dresser drawers and then box the entire drawer. Otherwise, place folded clothing in large boxes and mark them accordingly.

To pack your glasses, line the box with bubble wrap and then wrap each glass in newsprint. For plates, also line the box in bubble wrap and wrap the plates with newsprint. Pack the plates in the box upright instead of flat to protect them from shattering. Mark any boxes with glass or delicate items as fragile.

Carefully label all of your boxes with black marker so that the contents are obvious. This way, you can save yourself the time of opening boxes and moving them back and forth through the house, because you will have already labeled dining room materials for the dining room and kitchen items for the kitchen, etc.

To prepare large items like furniture for transport, wrap them in protective padding. Special padding can be purchased or rented from your moving company, and this high-quality buffer will prevent scratches and other damage from destroying your property in the move. If you need to disassemble furniture before moving it, keep all hardware and other pieces together by taping it to the furniture.

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