Learn How to Pack Professionally
Packing Tips for Moving
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when packing items into moving boxes. Before you start packing you’re going to need a work surface to pack on. An adjustable table or counter top is always recommended. Crinkle up four to eight pieces of packing paper before you start loading and place them at the bottom of the moving box. This will provide a great layer of protection for your valuable items. Pack heavier items to the bottom of the box, lighter items to the top. This will help prevent items from being crushed during moving. Pack the boxes tightly as possible without damaging the items. Packing per density is important because it prevents items from shifting during transit. Make sure you line all empty spaces in the box with crinkled packing paper or peanuts to keep the items from shifting.
Pack cartoons tightly if a carton rattles or makes noise the contents could be damaged in transit. Blankets and other soft goods could fill the extra space in not quite full cartoons. An interesting note to remember is that the larger the box is the lighter and bulkier are its’ contents. So pack heavier items into smaller boxes and do not over pack larger boxes. The most important thing to remember is you have to carry it. Don’t leave packing for the last minute you’ll have so much to do. Give yourself enough time to gather all the packing materials that you’re going to need, your moving boxes, your paper, your markers, your tape, and all the other packing materials we talked about. Don’t underestimate how much you own.
Start packing several weeks before your move. Take inventory of your home, make a list and catalogue all your possessions. Set aside valuables you won’t load on the truck. Like documents and most importantly your jewelry. Don’t be a pack rat. Dispose of items you no longer want, have a yard sale, a garage sale, or make a donation. If you haven’t used it in a year, throw it out. Pack belongings that you don’t often use first and save the items that you use on a daily basis for last. Keep in mind that there are going to be a variety of items you are going to need as soon as you arrive in your new home. As you pack make sure you identify each moving box very specifically. If your boxes don’t have a labeling chart write directly on the box, identify the room, where the box will go, what the contents of the box are and what side up the box should be placed. Never ever pack flammable items such as fuel or aerosols.
Packing up the Kitchen
We will now provide you with specific information as to how to pack dishes and glasses for moving. Obviously, one of the most important rooms to pack up is the kitchen, use the kitchen or dish pack moving boxes for loading the contents of the kitchen. Don’t forget fill the bottom of the box with a layer of protection. Use crinkled paper probably about 8 sheets. This will provide a cushion for your very fragile kitchen items. Since you’ll want to place your plates at the bottom of the dish pack start packing your china with the plates first. Take one plate at a time and place it in a safety packed foam pouch. Then take three of the filled pouches and place them in the middle of the white packing paper. What you will do is fold the corners towards the center of the plates and we will call this the wrap and roll technique.
The corners are in the center and roll the plates away from you. What you will now have is a nice bundle of dishes. Repeat this step with three more plates every time. Take your bundles and place them in the bottom of the moving box. It is important to remember to always place dishes on their edge and never lay them flat in the box.
When you are finished with your bottom level you will begin on your second level of the box. Start by covering your first level with another layer of crinkled paper, eight sheets usually works well. Your second level will be bowls, canisters, or small appliances. When wrapping bowls you will fill the center with paper before wrapping. Place another bowl in the center and cushion with packing paper. Use the wrap and roll technique on the bowls. You will want to use a couple more sheets of packing paper to protect your glass bowls. Wrap and roll up a bundle and place it in the dish pack. When wrapping casserole dishes with lids remove the lid and cover the bowl with two sheets of paper. Use the wrap and roll technique we’ve already described. Wrap the lid of the casserole separately also using this technique. Place the casserole and its lid next to each other in the box and on its side for protection.
Take a single glass and place it in one of the glass kit foam pouches. Then place the filled pouch in the center of two pieces of white packing paper. Cover the glass with the paper and roll it away from you. Fold the corner towards the center of the glass one side at a time. Uboxes could provide you with the safety pack for the glasses all you need to do is put the cell divider into a medium box and fill the spaces with your glasses. It provides excellent protection. The procedure for wrapping stem wear or wine glasses is exactly the same as it is for regular glasses. Please make sure when you load your stem wear into a box always place the stem of the glass facing to the top to evenly distribute the weight of the glass.
Now we are going to wrap pots and pans. Wrap the pot with paper using the wrap and roll technique and then place the lid face down in the center of the pot, using additional sheets of paper to cover the unusual shaped item. You will use this procedure for the assortment of pots and pans you have in your pantry. Since they could be heavy pack them in a medium box for easy lifting. Place the pans on edge in the box if you have empty space fill it with paper, remember never over pack your box. The top of the box can be filled with foils, placemats, towels, or any loose item.
Packing small appliances can be a delicate job if you’re packing a blender remove all three pieces and pack them in white packing paper separately. First, pack the base using the wrap and roll technique. Next wrap the glass pitcher and fill the inside with crumpled packing paper to protect it from cracking. Then wrap up the lid and place all three items next to each other in the bottom of a medium box. Silverware should also be wrapped in white packing paper. Place two or three spoons and forks on the paper and roll away from you, after one or two revolutions add two or three more pieces of silverware. Fold the corner to the center and continue to roll. Place your silverware at the top level of the dish pack, pack knives the same way you pack the rest of your silverware, but be sure that you mark knives on the outside. You don’t want to cut yourself as your taking that package out of the box. Once you’ve filled up your dish pack place some crinkled paper on top, close the flaps, and tape the box closed. Don’t forget to mark all pertinent information of its content on its side.