Packing Small Appliances

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You will want to take time to carefully pack your small appliances, especially the all-important coffee maker. Small appliances often have extra parts (lids, power cords, etc.) that need special attention, but if you pack carefully, your small appliances should make it though the move without any problems.

What you'll need

For packing small appliances, you should have the following supplies:
  • Small-to-medium-sized-boxes
  • Stack of packing paper
  • Roll of packing tape
  • Permanent marker

How to pack small appliances

  • Before you pack your small appliances, make sure they are clean and dry. This means emptying the crumbs out of the toaster, making sure your juicer is free of any orange peels, and so on.
  • If you have the original packaging for any of your small appliances, use it; this is the best way to keep your appliances safe. Once back in their original packaging, you can fit as many as possible (or are able to be carried) into a small or medium box.
  • If you don't have the original packaging, you'll have to pack the appliances yourself. Prepare the box by using plenty of tape to seal the bottom. This will prevent the box from collapsing under the weight of heavy items. You'll also want to place a layer of crushed packing paper in the bottom of the box as cushioning. Now you can start packing your appliances, starting with the heaviest (heavier items should always go in the bottom of the box).
  • Remove all detachable parts. This could include things like the lid to the juicer or blender, power cords, etc.
  • Next, take the main piece of the appliance and wrap it in two or three sheets of plain packing paper. If necessary, secure the paper with packing tape. Place the wrapped item in the bottom of the box.
  • After the main piece is packed, wrap up the pieces that go with it. Pay closest attention to sharp or fragile items, using extra packing paper to make sure fragile things don't break and that sharp things don't scratch or damage anything else. Once wrapped, place these in the box with the main piece.
  • Multiple appliances can be packed into a single box, provided there's enough room. Don't force things, though, because doing so will make them much more likely to break. Any additional room in the box should be filled with crushed packing paper to prevent the contents from shifting around while in transit. Then, add one final layer of packing paper on top of everything as cushioning.
  • Finally, seal the box with packing tape, label it with its contents and room destination, and it will be ready to go on the truck.

Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on April 15, 2010

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