1) Plan ahead to have the right number and size of boxes on hand. ABC Longhorn Moving will supply you with everything you need. Join our war on cardboard and request a quote to rent plastic, reusable moving boxes from BungoBox! They offer a variety of sizes (including wardrobe), and include dollies (wheels) with most orders. Not only will you help save the environment, you’ll save 50% over using cardboard.
2) Group your belongings by category and by the new location’s room.
3) For local moves, packing of some items is optional. Items such as mirrors, large pictures and mattresses can usually be transported safely for short distances without packing. Generally, these items should be packed for long distance move and for shipments moving into storage. Lamps and lampshades should always be packed.
4) Boxes need to be sealed on both top and bottom and should weigh under 50 pounds, if possible
5) Pack heavy items on the bottom, with lighter items on top.
6) All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper. Paper should also be used to cushion the bottom, sides and top of cartons.
7) Pack breakable items carefully; plates should be stacked vertically as if in a dish drain, glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position. Again, use plenty of paper on all fragile and breakable items.
8) Fill all cartons to the top without overfilling. Cartons with items sticking over the top cannot be properly closed or stacked; cartons that are under-filled tend to crush when stacked. A small space at the top can be filled with paper, a towel, a blanket or other similar items.
9) Pack complimentary items together – e.g., put all bathroom items together, all office/desk items together, etc.
10) Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items. Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
11) Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
12) Pack medicines in a leak proof container
13) Label each box and indicate the following:
- The box’s destination in your new home, e.g. kitchen, garage, living room, etc.
- Whether it is fragile and which end is up, if it is important
- If it should be loaded last. so it will be unloaded first
14) Pack an “Open Me First!” box with all the essentials you’ll need as you unpack. Include toiletries, medications, a flashlight, phone and address books, towels, bed linens and pet supplies. Make separate ones for children containing blankets, stuffed animals and other comfort items they’ll want when they first arrive. Load these boxes and a toolkit last so they’ll be easy to find when you reach your destination.
15) Keep the following supplies handy for packing:
- Marking pen
- Bubble wrap
- Newspaper and tissue
- Tape and scissors
- Tape measure
16) Carry all valuables with you.
17) A good rule of thumb is not to leave a room before it is completely packed and ready to go!