Household goods packing basics

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Don’t save all your packing for moving for the last day! Be packing non-essential items well in advance. Packing to move gets more and more tiresome over a period of time, so jump start the packing endeavor as much as possible.

Basically, just take the time to think about what you’re boxing up and then use a lot of common sense packing it. When packing for a move, heavier things like books and canned goods should be packed in smaller boxes, and lighter things in progressively larger boxes. This way smaller and larger boxes will all weigh about the same and none will be too heavy for one person to handle. Small boxes can be fully packed with books and end up only weighing 50 lbs. Larger boxes should be packed with lighter things and should not be packed to exceed 50 lbs.

Disassemble furniture or any items that need to be taken apart and carefully save any hardware involved. Sometimes lost hardware is virtually impossible to replace. Put hardware in a baggie, if it goes with a desk or dresser, tape it well to the inside of a drawer where it can be easily found later. If hardware goes with a bed, tape it in a baggie to the bed rails.

Put all of your remote controls to every electronic device that you own in one box on moving day and label it well. This way you won’t lose any of them and they are easily found at the new residence.

Don’t pack your checkbook or your credit cards. Things may come up unexpectedly that require check or credit card payment.  If you’re putting your goods in storage, don’t pack up important papers like passports, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, family correspondence or love letters, etc. Use a bank lockbox for these items or keep them with you. Only store these things if the box is waterproof and well labeled and if it’s placed somewhere in your storage where only you can find it and where there is no chance of flooding or high humidity. You can waterproof any box by completely wrapping it in plastic wrap or by thoroughly wrapping it with movers tape. Be sure to cover the top, bottom and all 4 sides and remember; just as plastic wrap keeps water out, it also holds moisture in!

Loosely wrap fragile items individually with bunched up paper, bubblewrap and / or foam wrap. Don’t use newspapers because print residue must be hand washed off of all things it touches, dishwasher washing will not take it off. Also, print residue can ruin porous items like clay pots or lampshades or things with rough finishes like computer equipment. Gently put the loosely wrapped bundles in a box labeled fragile and when it’s full seal it and put it somewhere safe until move day. Then try to carry that box yourself in your car trunk.

Special care must be taken with very small items (such as a tea pot lid), so as not to lose them in the packing materials. Taping over (use brightly colored tape if available) their paper wrapping and marking it is a good packing technique to highlight a very small item as not being merely a bunched up piece of paper . Also, one could tape several of those small packets together into one bigger, heavier package that won’t get lost in the wrappings.

Glassware and china should be wrapped with enough paper so as not to clatter within the box

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