GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR PACKING TO MAKE THE JOB EASIER
- Assemble all your packing materials before you start.
- Tackle one room at a time.
- Line boxes first – a towel or blanket
- Place heavier items on the bottom, lighter ones on top.
- Wrap each dish in either polyfoam or unprinted newsprint and place on end in the box.
- Make sure that each row is snug, so that the dishes will stand up straight. Use lots of padding.
Packing Crystal and Stemware
- Wrap the stem first, then the whole piece. If possible, use a protective material like Bubble-Wrap or Bubble-Paper.
- Place each item upside down in a divided carton and be sure to use lots of padding. Mark the box as “FRAGILE”.
- Polish and wrap in plastic bags to prevent scratching and tarnishing.
- Alternately, polish and wrap in polyfoam.
- Use small cartons because books tend to be heavy. Alternate rows—Bound edge to open edge.
Packing Records / CD’s
- Use small cartons and pack vertically in a box that has been padded on the top and bottom.
When Packing Lamps
- Dismantle and label the parts, then place them in a bag.
- Put lamp and parts in the same box.
- Pad with throw cushions or shredded paper.
- Lampshades can be stacked. Pack them in a separate box.
When Packing Small Appliances
- Clean well so they are grease-free.
- Coil the cords and fasten to each appliance. Wrap and label any parts.
Packing Large Appliances
- These must be empty, clean and dry.
- Have an electrician disconnect the stove.
- Label and pack any loose parts separately.
- Use protective tape on burners, shelves, knobs and doors.
- Tie down the power unit.
- If they have been cleaned, keep them rolled up.
Packing Slipcovers, Bedspreads & Upholstered Items
- Package smaller items in plastic bags.
- Cover larger ones with plastic or old sheets / fasten securely.
- Cover with Plastic / Movers Blankets
Packing Pictures, Mirrors, Radios and Clocks
- Wrap small pieces in blankets.
- Large pictures and mirrors should be wrapped with protective pads and placed on end in cartons.
Moving Motors, Lawnmowers & Snowmobiles
- Before the move, empty out any gasoline and clean well.
Moving Garden Furniture & Barbecue
- Clean, dismantle and pack individual parts in boxes.
- Propane tanks must be moved separately.
- Be sure not to pack any medicine you may need during the move e.g.: Aspirin for headaches and rubbing ointment for sore muscles).
- Secure all caps and wrap each bottle in a plastic bag (unless the bottle is glass, in which case you should wrap it in polyfoam.
Packing Kitchen Items
- Keep cutlery in drawer divider and wrap in clean paper.
- Wrap bottles and preserves individually in plastic bags then place upright in liquor cartons (If using a regular box, be sure to use lots of padding.
- All items attached to the floor, walls and ceilings such as drapes, blinds, and light fixtures must be dismantled and packed.
- Arrange beforehand to have the moving company do this.