How To Pack For A Move

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Gather Packing Supplies
• Packing Tape
• Newsprint
• Bubble pack
• Masking Tape
• Rubber Bands
• Paper Pads.

A multi-layered paper wrap is used to protect larger fragile items.
• A variety of boxes to fit your packing needs.
Preparing a Box

  1. Fold down short flaps, then long flaps. Use multiple pieces of tape to secure the bottom for heavier boxes.
  2. Tape down flaps to make the box easier to pack.
  3. Line bottom of box with crumpled paper.
  4. Label boxes on sides, not top of box.
  1. Remove all cables and accessories, such as remotes, and pack them in a separate box.
  2. Use foam or bubble pack to protect your TV, taking care not to tape the TV directly.
  3. Use two boxes as a stand to make it easier to pack the TV. Use the foam inserts that came with the box to secure the TV in the carton.
  4. Close the carton and secure with packing tape.
  5. Label the front of the box with “Glass” and “This end up”.

How to Pack a Television

If possible, use the original box and packing materials when packing a television. If you do not have that available, use a television carton and packing materials to secure your television. Use two people to wrap a TV. If it is a very large television, we recommend custom crating.

How to Pack a Lamp

  1. Disassemble the lamp.
  2. Discard incandescent bulbs so they don’t break in transit. CFL or LED bulbs can be wrapped in bubble pack and put in a box with other fragile items.
  3. Secure the power cord and wrap to protect the lamp from scratches.
  4. Wrap the harp and finial in packing paper and label.
  5. Use a paper pad to wrap the lamp. A paper pad is a multilayered paper wrap used to protect larger fragile items. Place wrapped lamp upright in a box.
  1. Roll from a short end of the rug.
  2. Use a paper pad to wrap the end of the rug, leaving about 6 inches. A paper pad is a multilayered paper wrap used to protect larger fragile items.
  3. Tape the paper pad to secure the rug and repeat on the other end.

How to Pack a Rug

When wrapping a rug, the most important thing is to protect then ends of the rug. For larger rugs, you may need two people to pack the rug.

How to Pack Books

When packing books, use a small box, or it may be too heavy to lift.

  1. Line the bottom of box with paper.
  2. Place books on edge in box.
  3. Alternate bound edges.
  4. Use crumpled paper to fill in any gaps.
  5. Close the box and secure with packing tape.
  6. Label the box.
  1. Wrap fragile items in a bubble pack first to protect delicate items, then packing paper.
  2. Wrap small items in brightly colored tissue so they don’t get lost in the box.
  3. Pack in a box with other fragile items, using crumpled paper to fill in the gaps.
  4. Close the box and secure with packing tape.
  5. Label the box Fragile.

How to Pack Collectibles

Collectibles cover a wide variety of items. It is important to treat them carefully and protect them.

How to Pack Cookware

Cookware can be heavy. Take care not to overpack boxes.

  1. Wrap large items such as frying pans and skillets separately in packing paper.
  2. Pack with other cookware and non-breakable kitchen items in a box lined with packing paper.
  3. Nest pots and pans together when possible to save space, with a layer of paper in between. Lids can also be nested.
  4. Add crumpled paper to fill in gaps.
  5. Close the box and secure with packing tape.
  6. Label the box.
  1. Wrap and stack plates in bundles up to 4 and bowls in bundles of 2 to 3. Wrap china separately before bundling.
  2. Wrap glasses and mugs individually.
  3. Wrap the stem of a wineglass with a folded sheet of paper before wrapping in packing paper.
  4. Wrap items with lids, such as teapots in paper and then wrap in additional paper creating a bundle.
  5. Pack items in the dishpack lined with crumpled paper, beginning with the heaviest items first. Place bundles of plates and bowls on their side. Build layers separated with cardboard and use cellpacks for glasses and stemware, as well as collectibles or other breakables.

How to Pack Dishes, Glasses and Stemware

Special boxes for dishes are sturdier than regular packing boxes. They are also sized to prevent packing too many dishes and making them heavy.

How to Pack Frames, Mirrors and Artwork

It is best to use custom crating for fine art. Use glassine paper to protect oil paintings. If custom crating is not possible, work with your mover to ensure the best-fit moving cartons are used.

  1. Pack artwork in a mirror carton. Assemble pieces and line with crumpled paper.
  2. Use a paper pad to wrap the artwork. A paper pad is a multilayered paper wrap used to protect larger fragile items. Only tape paper pad, never the artwork.
  3. Place the artwork in the mirror carton and tape on all sides.
  1. Place knife on packing paper and fold paper over.
  2. As you add knives, alternate direction of blades.
  3. Once packet is complete, label packet with “Knives”.

How to Pack Knives

Use caution when packing knives.

How to Pack Linens

Linens include towels, sheets, table cloths and drapes. Linens can be hung or folded for moving
Hanging linens

  1. Use a wardrobe carton to hang linens. Hang linens on the bar.
  2. Be careful not to overfill the carton. Linens could wrinkle and a heavy box is difficult to move.
  3. Do not place items in the bottom of the box to prevent damage to the items or linens.
  4. Tape and label the box, including what room the box should go in.
    Folded Linens
  5. Line an empty box with packing paper.
  6. Place items in the box.
  7. Use crumpled paper to fill in any gaps.
  8. Close the box and secure with packing tape.
  9. Label the box.
  1. For shoes in shoe boxes, wrap each shoe in a half piece of packing paper to protect from rubbing or scuffing.
  2. Line a box with crumpled paper. Put boxes and shoes in the box.
  3. Shoes without boxes can be wrapped as a pair in a single piece of packing paper.
  4. Fill in gaps with crumpled paper. Close the box and secure with packing tape.
  5. Label the box.

How to Pack Shoes

If you have shoe boxes, pack the shoes in the boxes, otherwise, some packing paper will protect the shoes from scuffing and other damage. It is a good idea to let shoes air out for a couple of days after wearing them before packing them.

How to Pack Silverware

Everyday silverware can be bundled and wrapped in the tray. For real silver, wrap each piece individually in tissue first.

  1. Wrap groups of silverware in bundles.
  2. Place bundles in silverware tray.
  3. Wrap tray with paper, taping it closed.
  4. Mark the top of the tray to prevent items from falling out when unwrapped.
  5. Pack in a box with other kitchen items.

Folded Clothes

  1. Line an empty box with packing paper.
  2. Place items in the box.
  3. Use crumpled paper to fill in any gaps.
  4. Close the box and secure with packing tape.
  5. Label the box.

Hanging Clothes

  1. Use a wardrobe carton to hang clothing. Hang linens on the bar.
  2. Be careful not to overfill the carton. Clothes could wrinkle and a heavy box is difficult to move.
  3. Do not place items in the bottom of the box to prevent damage to the items or clothing.
  4. Tape and label the box, including what room the box should go in.

How to Pack Clothes

Leave clothing in drawers if the furniture is being moved.