Knowing how to pack specific items can save you time — and help ensure each item arrives at the new house safe and sound.
- Hang ironed or dry-cleaned clothes in wardrobe cartons to avoid the hassle of pressing them after the move.
- Empty the drawers in a piece of furniture before moving the piece itself.
- Place heavy objects toward the bottom of the box and more delicate articles near the top.
- Stack and wrap cups or other kitchen breakables. Place small pieces of paper between each item for added protection or use boxes from a grocery or liquor store that include cardboard dividers.
- Pack table lamps in sturdy dish pack cartons. Wrap the base of the lamp well and fill in the box with wadded-up packing paper. Pack the lampshade by itself, if possible.
- Books and records should be stood on end and packed in small cartons since they will get heavy quickly.
- Label your cords and cables with their corresponding device for easy set up after the move. It can also help to take a photo of how the electronics are connected so you can remember where the wires go, especially if you have a very complicated setup.
Pack first-night essentials
Avoid a frantic search after your move by packing all essential toiletries, a change of clothes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, clean sheets, medications, comfort items for children and a first-aid kit. Keep this box in your car, and make sure it's easy to get to once the move is complete.
How to pack breakables
Bubble wrap is great to use for wrapping breakable items, but you can also be creative and use clothing, socks, tissue paper and other packing material to ensure your breakable items stay intact. Pack your kitchen breakables in liquor cartons with cardboard dividers if possible, or place them near the top of boxes that hold your other dishes.
How to pack bulky items
If you still have the original packaging for your bulky items, it's a good idea to use it. However, you can also use trash bags, moving blankets or packing paper to transport and protect those hard-to-pack items. Don't be afraid to use extra boxes. It can be better to use more boxes without fear of damage rather than cramming items that could shift and break into a single box.
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