Pack yourself! You don’t need to be a professional to pack your items properly. All you need is the right materials and to be careful. Everything feels secure once in the box.
Depending on the size of your home, you should start packing at least two to four weeks prior to moving day. This will ensure you pack your items carefully and in an orderly manner. Giving yourself an adequate amount of time will help guarantee this aspect of moving gets done right.
1. Never ask movers to handle particularly valuable items, such as money, securities, important documents, or jewelry. Nor do we recommend you ask movers to pack flammable items like aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, or the like.
2. Carry irreplaceable items with you – along with immediate necessities like cell phone chargers – in a special suitcase or tote.
3. Pack food last, after all other packing has been completed. Do not pack perishable food, even for local moves. Seal box openings with tape. Limit the amount of canned goods and heavy objects, to maintain a reasonable weight.
1. Use packing tape, not masking tape – it’s not strong enough.
2. You do not have to spend money to pack your wine glasses safely. If you go to your local liquor store, you should be able to get some free boxes just like the specialty ones that the liquor shipment arrives in. Your local grocer may also have something similar that delicate fruits were delivered in. Coconuts and mangoes are often delivered in these boxes.
3. How much tape is needed. Every box needs to be secured with 2 to 2.5 inch gummed or packing tape. You will need approximately one roll of tape for every 15 to 20 boxes. This type of tape could be purchased online or at your local hardware stores. You can also purchase packing paper and blankets.
4. Original packaging: If available, it’s advisable to re-pack some items in their original boxes and packing materials. This is especially useful for electronic items, like televisions and computers.
5. Protect your items with packing materials. Newspapers are one of the most effective – and most readily available.
1. Separate breakable items from non-breakable items, so the appropriate boxes can be given extra care. Mark them “FRAGILE” on more than one side.
2. Make an inventory of your items before the move.
3. Label the contents of all boxes. All labels should include what’s inside the box, the room where it’s going, how fragile the contents are and when you might need it.
4. Think about the order in which your boxes are loaded onto the moving truck. The boxes that are loaded last will come off the truck first. If you need access to something as soon as you get to your new home—such as cleaning supplies—make sure it’s one of the last things to leave the old home.
5. For items you’ll need immediately (cooking utensils, toiletries, remotes, etc.), write “OPEN FIRST” on the outside of the box.
WORKING WITH BOXES
1. What boxes should be used for? Anything loose or vulnerable should be packed in a box. Loose items include books, dishes, documents, and shoes. Vulnerable items include electronics, musical instruments, lamps.
2. Tape the bottom of every box by running two strips of tape along the side and one strip down the center. Once full, tape the top as well.
3. Use small boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter, bulkier items.
4. To cushion your items, stuff the top, bottom, and sides of each box with packing paper or even clothes.
5. In order to prevent boxes from being crushed, stuff them to the top.
6. Using Wardrobe Boxes. Pack hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes. Utilize bottoms of wardrobe boxes for shoes. Secure wardrobe boxes along the sides with extra tape.
1. If possible, pack in original cartons. If not available, pack each item separately in a box that best fits each piece.
2. Use bubble wrap to provide cushioning for your electronics.
3. Tape down any components that open or may come loose and fold down like antennas, arms, and the like.
4. Take photos of wired connections and label cables. Consider using colored ties from a container store or office supply store. Bundle all wires and cables together with their components, for quick reassembly. Pad heavily on all sides to prevent damage.
1. Always pack lamps in boxes.
2. Remove bulbs. Put each lampshade in its own box. Be sure to mark the box “FRAGILE LAMPS.”
1. Use large, double-corrugated boxes.
2. Cushion the bottom with rolled up paper. Cushion the top and sides of each box with paper to prevent shifting.
3. Do not place one piece of dishware directly on top of another. Separate them with a layer of stuffed paper.
4. To prevent damage, wrap fragile items individually.
5. Cushion china by placing plenty of crumpled newsprint at the bottom of the box. Then carefully wrap each larger piece of china with newsprint. Place each bundle into the box, standing upright to form a row. Do not lay them flat. Surround each bundle with plenty of crumpled paper. Layer 2 to 3 inches of crumpled newsprint on top to support the next row of bundles. The upper row should be comprised of smaller articles-cups, saucers, etc.-to keep the box properly weighed.
6. Each piece of stemware should be wrapped in clean newsprint. Stuff the paper into each goblet and then wrap it around the stem. Cushion stemware with a final thick wrapping of paper, and then place the item in your container with the stem facing up.
7. Seal bottles by wrapping tape around their lids, then wrap them in newsprint. Prepare boxes with crumpled paper at the bottom and placing your bottles on top. Pad the sides and top with more newsprint.
WINE BOTTLES AND WINE GLASS
Whether you have an extensive wine collection that you are quite proud of or simply a couple of glasses from your wedding that really means a lot, you are probably wondering how to pack wine glasses for moving. No one has to tell you how fragile these glasses are, so you already know that you need to take every precaution possible to make sure that they do not get damaged during transit from one home to the next. Picking up and setting down boxes, as well as a few potholes can do a lot of damage to fragile contents that are not properly packed.
1. Most people wondering how to pack wine bottles for moving are going to use a cell box for their stemware. These cardboard boxes have thin dividers that prevent the glasses from hitting one another every time the truck hits a bump. You can buy these from a moving company or moving supplies store. If you are having packers handle this for you let them know ahead of time that you will need a cell box.
2. If you are wondering how to pack crystal wine glasses the last thing that you want to use is newspaper. That ink from the paper can transfer to the glass, and then you risk breaking them while scrubbing away the marks. White tissue paper is a much better option. Use a separate piece for each glass. Place the glass on an angle at the corner of the paper and roll. Then, just fold the ends.
3. If you are determined to use bubble wrap be sure to never apply it directly to the glass. It needs to go above the tissue paper. This is more convenient anyway because then you can tape the wrap to the paper and not worry about damaging the glass while pulling the tape away.
4. Even though the glasses are in a cell box with dividers, you still do not want them bouncing around. No need to stress! So, once they are wrapped and in there, you want to fill the individual cells so the contents are held in place. The white paper used for wrapping can be crumpled up and added to cells to fill space. Alternately, you can also use clean socks. Then, while you are unpacking, you can give your kid the very important job of matching socks.
5. Now, to create the “cells” so the glasses don’t rattle, you are just going to use Styrofoam plates. Don’t forget cushioning in the bottom of the box, too. This will offer a little extra protection. Place a hoodie, a couple tees, or a soft sweater in the bottom of the box.
6. Make sure “fragile” labels are on at least two sides and the top of the box. If there is only one box and you have room in your car, you may just want to move the box in your car. Then you know exactly where it is, and you can place it somewhere safe in the new home where nothing will get stacked on top of it.
7. Wine does not appreciate being disturbed. It is important to do what you can to maintain a consistent temperature also. If
Saying wine is sensitive that would be stating it mildly. If you are wondering how to pack wine bottles for moving, you need to know that the position of the bottle is important. Some vintage reds need to be packed and transferred upside down to ensure that the corks stay wet and sediment remains undisturbed.
8. As a final note, never open a bottle of wine right after it has been moved. The wine can be shocked, thereby changing the flavor. Experts recommend waiting at least seven days before opening a bottle.