|When getting all of your items ready for the move, it is very important that you
pack things properly. Every type of item requires its own method of packing.
While putting your clothes into cardboard boxes is pretty simple, any heavy,
electronic, and otherwise difficult items require more attention.
you begin packing these items though, make sure you have all of the appropriate
packing materials. These should include:
- Cardboard boxes of various sizes
- Bubble wrap
- Packing paper like unprinted newspaper
- Packing peanuts
- Packing tape
- Permanent markers for labeling
Once you have all of these
materials handy, you can begin sorting your items and packing them up. Perhaps
the most common heavy items
that people have are books. While a single book
doesn’t weigh that much, your whole collection can be pretty heavy.
properly pack your books, you should use smaller boxes; if you pack them in a
large box, it might be too heavy to carry. When placing books in the box, put
them in vertically, perpendicular to the bottom, rather than laying them flat.
TIP: When packing your books or any other large
item, remember to reinforce the bottom of the box with extra tape.For your
heavy kitchen appliances, such as toaster ovens or mixers, you will
want to cover these items with bubble wrap. Then, you should place each item in
a box and surround it with plenty of Styrofoam peanuts. This is done to protect
the item from any jostling during transport.
Though you can’t always put
your larger items, such as sofas, tables, dressers, and other furniture items
into boxes, there are still ways to protect them during the move. You will first
want to remove any detachable parts, such as the sofa or table legs, and wrap
these up. You should then wrap the bulky items in moving blankets or pieces of cardboard to protect them from
ElectronicsAs electronics are expensive and easily damaged,
they need extra care when packing. The best way to do this is to put them in the
boxes they came in along with the original packaging. If these materials are
unavailable, you can use any sturdy cardboard box. Be sure that your goods are
packaged with plenty of cushioning – whether it is newspaper, packing peanuts,
or static-free bubble wrap.
Before packing, make sure you uninstall and
unplug your electronics properly, and remove any CDs or DVDs. You will also want to remove any cords and pack
them up separately. Remember to clearly label the contents of the box so you and
your movers know not to place
other boxes on top of them.
Other Difficult Items
Your mirrors and artwork
will require even more attention and care. They should be covered in acid-free
tissue paper and then bubble-wrapped.
You can then carefully place them
in cardboard boxes. If you have a particularly large mirror or piece of art, you
may need to use telescoping boxes, which fit over each other to accommodate the
size of your item.
Though packing anything up for a move can be a
hassle, the above items are trickier to pack than others. By having the right
supplies and knowing how to pack these objects in advance, you can properly pack