Get your move started with these great packing tips; find out what supplies you’ll need, types of boxes available and how to get organized. With the following guides and suggestions, you’ll find packing isn’t as hard as you first imagined.
Common Sense Basic First Steps
Be safe, smart and efficient! If you’re doing your own packing, make sure you give yourself plenty of time; at least six weeks before your move date and plan carefully. Careful planning and packing will save you time.
Most people wonder if they should purchase moving boxes or find some slightly-used from grocery stores or friends who’ve just recently moved. While grocery store boxes are free, they are designed for specific items being shipped in them. They do not have the structural integrity of professional moving boxes. You can sometimes purchase used moving boxes if they have not been damaged. Plastic bins also have structural integrity, and can be used for packing.
Packed boxes should weigh less than 50 pounds.
Pack heavier items on the bottom.
Stuff socks, scarves, pillowcases and other small fabric items in holes and crevices in boxes.
Make sure all boxes can close properly and be sealed so the tops are flat. If you over-pack a box, you risk damage to the contents. Be sure to use adequate tape.
Label all boxes, and number or name the destination at the new location (Master bedroom, storage room, or Room #1, #2…)
Small or fragile items should be wrapped individually before placing into a larger box.
When packing household liquids, be sure that they are sealed, and pack them in a sealable plastic container.
Tape screws, bolts and other loose items to furniture if possible, or bag, label and keep separately in a box marked ‘Furniture Hardware’.
Heavy-duty garbage bags can be used for packing linens, or other soft items such as stuffed toys.
Keep items from the same room together as much as possible.