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Packing Household Items

When you’re moving your entire household, it can get overwhelming. Know which of your belongings should be packed first, together, or not at all, to keep them safe and organized during a move.

  • Packing Bathroom Supplies

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on April 15, 2010

    Packing up the bathroom may seem like a daunting prospect, but the name of the game is really consolidation. You'll probably do a lot of throwing out when you pack up your bathroom, but what's left will be very easy to pack and ship.

  • Packing Bedding

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on April 15, 2010

    Many people performing a do-it-yourself move tend to use their bedding items as cushioning for some of their other belongings. However, if you don't want them to get dirty or damaged, you'll need to pack them in their own boxes.

  • Packing Mattresses

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on April 15, 2010

    Mattresses are perhaps the most important thing in your home to pack. After a long day of moving in, you'll need your mattresses set up in your new home to get a good night's sleep. However, if the mattress isn't packed right, you could end up sleeping on a dirty or damaged bed.

  • Protecting the House for the Move

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on April 15, 2010

    As you move out of your old place, you'll want to minimize damage as much as possible. Failure to do this could mean some pretty big headaches for you at closing time. Obviously, you'll also want to protect your new place as you go in. Fortunately, there are a number of things...

  • Packing a Sofa

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on April 15, 2010

    Obviously, you can't just put your couch in a box with some packing peanuts and tape it shut. You do want to protect it before it is shipped though, especially if you don't want the upholstery to get damaged. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can protect your sofa on its way...

  • Packing Items in a Shed or Garage

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on April 15, 2010

    Packing up your garage or shed is one of the more difficult parts of the moving pro cess . Generally, these items don't lend themselves to being packed very easily. There are a few specific procedures, however, that will make moving this area of your house a lot simpler. What...

  • How to Pack a Dining Room Set

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 21, 2013

    Your dining room is one of the most unused rooms in the house, so it's best to start your packing here first. However, it also contains some of your most elegant and treasured furniture and possessions--such as china. Packing your dining room table and chairs is probably the...

  • How to Pack a China Cabinet

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 22, 2013

    The following guide will instructs you how to effectively pack your china cabinet to ensure its safety during transport and arrival at your new home undamaged and intact.

  • How to Pack a Glass-Topped Table

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on March 3, 2013

    Certain items require extra care and attention during a move. A glass-topped table is not only heavy and cumbersome, but also delicate and fragile. You will need to exercise caution and diligence when wrapping, moving, and loading it onto a moving truck to ensure that it doesn't...

  • How to Move a Grandfather Clock

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 6, 2013

    A grandfather clock is a unique and valuable addition to any home that requires special care to dismantle and transport. The delicate mechanisms inside the clock rely on gravity and balance to operate correctly, so you must follow strategic steps to disassemble, pack, and...

  • How to Pack a Leather Sofa for Moving

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on May 6, 2013

    Leather furniture is a beautiful and luxurious addition to any home, and should be handled with the utmost care during a move. In order to preserve your leather sofa's quality appearance and prevent costly damage, it is imperative that you use the proper materials and procedures...

  • How to Move a Waterbed

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 9, 2013

    A waterbed requires considerably more time and effort to disassemble and pack than a standard bed. Since you can't just hoist a mattress full of water onto your moving trailer (it weighs about 600 pounds), you will need to drain and prepare the bed prior to moving day. Since your...

  • How to Pack Furniture with Glass Doors

    Staff Writer  Posted by Staff Writer on June 11, 2013

    Whether it be your great-grandmother's antique breakfront or your contemporary cabinet, it has glass doors that make moving the fixture more difficult. As with any glass object, the utmost care must be taken when relocating it for both safety and monetary reasons. Suffice to say,...

  • How to Pack and Move Bunk Beds

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on January 9, 2014

    Moving bunk beds requires a little more work and disassembly than moving a regular twin-sized bed -- fitting them through doorways and loading them onto the moving truck can be quite the task. Read on to learn some tips to make your life a little easier when packing and moving...

  • How to Pack a Crib

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on January 23, 2014

    Your baby's crib requires careful disassembly and wrapping during a move to ensure it doesn't susta in damage. Your baby's safety depends on the integrity of the crib, so be sure to exercise care when attempting to take apart and pack the crib on your own. Read on for some...

  • How Pack a Computer Chair

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on February 4, 2014

    Read on for some helpful tips on how to properly pack and wrap your computer chair for your next, so you can make sure that it arrives at your new home intact and ready to be placed in your new office.

  • How to Pack a Dresser

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 4, 2014

    When packing and loading furniture for your move , it's important to protect it from damage and follow specific safety procedures to prevent injury. Dressers are bulky and heavy items, which require at least two people to move and proper materials to limit unsightly scratches,...

  • How Pack a Headboard and Footboard

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on February 4, 2014

    Your bed is one of your most important pieces of furniture, and likely the piece that you are the most attached to. After all, you retire to your bed every night and spend at least a third of each day curled up in it catching some valuable shut-eye. So it would only make sense...

  • How to Disassemble a Bed

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on February 20, 2014

    Your bed is unlike most large furniture you'll be packing and loading onto the truck for your move, and not only because it's arguably the most important item you will bring with you. Your bed is different because rather than simply wrapping it in a few moving blankets and...

  • Top Items to Pack with Bubble Wrap

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on March 14, 2014

    When packing for a move, properly protecting your most fragile items is a major concern- it's imperative your fragile wedding china, crystal wine glasses, and costly flat screen TV arrive at your new home without so much as a scratch. Unpacking boxes filled to the brim with...

  • How to Pack a Basement

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 1, 2014

    Your basement might be dark and dank, but you'll still have to pack it up for your move. Packing the basement might seem like a daunting task, but it's not so bad, with some tips and a plan you'll have the basement emptied and packed up in no time. What's in the basement? People...

  • How to Pack an Air Conditioner

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 7, 2014

    To pack an air conditioner, you might think all you have to do is toss it in a box and seal it up, but you'd be wrong. While the packing itself might not be very detailed, there are steps you should take to make sure that once your a/c is packed it will arrive in your new home in...

  • How to Pack a Coffee Table

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 10, 2014

    Do you need to pack up your coffee table and you aren't really sure where to start? This guide will tell you where to start packing a coffee table so that you can be sure it arrives in your new home safely and enjoy your cup of Joe stress-free. Disassemble the coffee table...

  • How to Pack a Sofa Bed

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 14, 2014

    After many years of friends couch surfing at your home, it's time to move on to your next home. You don't want to leave your sofa bed behind, do you? Of course not! Don't worry -- you'll learn how to properly pack your sofa bed by the end of this guide and you (and your friends)...

  • How to Pack Cleaning Products

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 18, 2014

    If you're moving and don't want to leave your favorite cleaning supplies in your old home, use these tips and learn the best ways to pack your cleaning products before you move. It will save you time and money after you move in when you don't have to run to the store to buy more...

  • How to Pack a Bed Canopy

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 22, 2014

    If you have a four-post bed with a canopy, you might not know where to start when you have to pack it up for a move. By taking the time to properly pack your bed canopy, you'll ensure that it arrives in your new home safely and you'll be able to have a good night's rest in no...

  • How to Stretch Wrap Furniture

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on March 3, 2013

    Want to make sure your furniture is properly protected for your move? Stretch wrap is a useful packing material that will keep your furniture clean and damage-free for your move. What is stretch wrap? Plastic stretch wrap is a versatile packing material that is used to bind,...

  • How to Pack Crystal

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 9, 2013

    Elegant crystal vases, stemware, and serving dishes give your home a classy touch--but what happens when it's time to move them? Often heavy yet extremely fragile and valuable, crystal creates a trifecta of moving anxiety . However, with the proper materials and packing...

  • How to Pack Vases

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on August 29, 2013

    Elegant and delicate, vases require extra protection to ensure they arrive at their destination unscathed and intact. Read on to learn about the proper materials to use when wrapping vases and the packing procedures to employ for their optimal protection. Use specialty boxes...

  • How to Pack Your Garage

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on April 9, 2013

    If you're anything like me, your garage has stuff lining the walls, hanging from the ceiling, stacked up inside cabinets and clogging the corners. It may be cluttered from floor to ceiling with things you haven't used, seen or thought about in years. Most of these things you can...

  • Packing Artwork and Antiques

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on August 27, 2009

    While there are several items that are particularly delicate and need special preparations, you artwork and antiques are likely to be at the top of this list.

  • Packing and Protecting Furniture

    Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on August 27, 2009

    Moving furniture such as beds, sofas, tables, or china cabinets sure isn’t easy. As these items are large and heavy, as well as easily damaged, they need to be properly protected during the move to ensure their good condition upon arrival. Make a list The first step in...

  • How to Pack Your Man Cave

    Jenna Farmer  Posted by Jenna Farmer on May 14, 2013

    For the die-hard and unwavering sports fans, paying homage to favorite teams by dedicating an entire room to them is part of the game. Whether it's your Johnny Unitas Hall of Fame memorabilia, the fly ball you caught at the "Green Monster" or your life-sized cut out of Jerry...

  • How to Pack a Bookcase

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 3, 2014

    Need to pack your bookcase before you move? If you're moving and you'd like to keep your favorite books with you at your new home, you'll need to make sure that you pack them up carefully otherwise your move won't have a happy ending like your favorite fairy tale. Read on for...

  • How to Pack a TV Stand

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 17, 2014

    Do you need to pack your TV stand and aren't sure how to start? Keep reading. This guide will walk you through the steps to pack your TV stand so you'll be able to move it to your new home without any damage. Empty the TV stand Once you've packed your TV, surround sound and...

  • How to Pack an Entertainment Center

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on July 14, 2014

    Need to pack an entertainment center and don't know where to start? Don't worry. This guide will walk you through the steps of packing an entertainment center so that you can continue to watch all your favorite TV shows, movies and play all your games in your new home. Empty the...

  • Packing Knickknacks

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on April 15, 2010

    You know that drawer in your house, the one that's full of little things that you're not sure where to put? You might still want to bring those things with you. Fortunately, packing knickknacks is a relatively simple process.

  • Packing Pictures and Mirrors

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on April 15, 2010

    The process of packing pictures and mirrors is a simple one. With a little time and the right materials, your pictures and mirrors will be safely packed and ready for the move to your new home.

  • How to Pack a Chandelier

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 11, 2014

    A chandelier is a beautifully elegant addition to any home. Since these ornate light fixtures can be quite costly, you want decide you wish to bring yours with you to your new home. Disconnecting, disassembling and properly wrapping a chandelier to protect it during transit...

  • How to Pack an Office Desk

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on June 25, 2014

    Whether you're changing jobs or moving from house to house, chances are you're going to need to pack an office desk at some point during a move. It might seem like a difficult task, but it won't be if you follow these easy steps and tips. Papers If you have a lot of paperwork on...

  • How to Pack an Attic

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on June 30, 2014

    Packing an attic doesn't have to be difficult. Yes, it might be an awkward space that's usually filled with junk, but chances are it's not that bad. While going through and deciding to downsize should be the first step in every room of the house when packing, it's even more so...

  • How to Pack and Move an Armoire

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on September 18, 2018

    Armoires are elegant and practical standalone closets that provide storage for wardrobes and add style to any bedroom. Often made of heavy yet delicate wood, armoires require strategic planning, proper wrapping, and plenty of strong hands to safely haul out of your home. Get help...

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