Posted on: 25 January 2016
Get your personal items to your new home unharmed by taking the time to wrap and pack them like professional movers. Using the right materials and knowing how to load boxes takes the risk out of moving even the most fragile items. Here is how to pack those favorite household items for the trip to your next living space.
Have the Right Packing Supplies Before You Start
Before you begin any packing project, get all of the right materials together and have them within reach. If you don't have what you need to pack something the right way, you'll be tempted to compromise with what you have available and put your items at risk of breaking during the move. Create a work space where you have the following packing items:
- packing boxes in a variety of sizes
- the original boxes for items, if still available
- mailing tubes in various sizes
- rolls of small and medium bubble wrap
- flexible cardboard sheets used for packing
- foam packing sheets
- brown or white packing paper
- packing tape, scissors or box cutters and markers
General Packing Tips
- use the smallest box in which to pack groups of items together
- pack only similar items together in the same box
- always use more than enough packing material when concerned about fragile items
- fill empty spaces in a box after loading it to prevent items from shifting against each other
Packing Specific Items
- Glass and china dishware - Wrap each item with small bubble wrap and secure with packing tape. Crumple packing paper and fill the bottom of a box. Place each item on its edge with a foam sheet between items. When the box is full, fill the remaining space with crumpled paper.
- Glasses and cups - Fill each item with crumpled paper. Wrap the cup or glass with more packing paper and secure with tape. Put each glass or cup opening down into a box lined with crumpled packing paper. When the bottom layer is full, place cardboard sheets down on the layer and add more cups and glasses. Continue this layering until the box is full. Fill empty space with crumpled paper.
- Flexible posters and wall art - Roll up posters and hanging wall art and place in cardboard mailing tubes, like those from Erdie Industries round mailing tubes. This keeps them from becoming creased during the move. Use the smallest tube necessary to hold the items. Place the tubes on their ends in a box lined with crumpled packing paper.
- Irregularly shaped items - Porcelain figurines and tea sets can be easily wrapped to survive a move. Wrap individual pieces of an item separately, such as the lid for a teapot and the pot itself. Use bubble wrap around each item and secure with packing tape. Using the flexible cardboard sheets, fold the sheet around the item to create a rigid box and secure with tape. Mark the item well so you'll know what it is without having to tear off the packing material at your destination.