Packing Tips

No one likes packing to move. It's time-consuming, exhausting work. If you are not prepared to pack or you don't know the best way to pack, the job gets even worse.

What you need before you start:

  • Boxes
    • Glassware boxes - these are designed for kitchen items with dividers.
    • Dish boxes - these are specifically designed for china, dishes, and other fragile pieces with insulated walls, and dividers
    • Book boxes - these are good for more than just books: heavy items of all kinds
    • Legal tote box - perfect for folders and files
    • Medium boxes - good for clothes, toys, pots and pans and more
    • Large boxes - these are good for items which are lightweight, but bulky, such as pillows, lampshades, and comforters
    • Picture boxes - oversized boxes for mirrors, paintings, and photographs
    • Wardrobe boxes - these are designed with a bar to allow you to hang clothing
  • Packing materials to insulate and cushion - don't use newspaper as it leaves ink on items
  • Mattress bags - buy the bags with handles so you can easy maneuver the mattress inside
  • Markers to label boxes
  • Sealing tape
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Ziploc bags for screws and pieces that go together

Pack each box well by following these rules.

  • Wrap every item that goes into the box carefully if it is fragile or prone to scuffing. Include cushioning in your boxes to absorb the shock of being moved and jostled.
  • Begin with items you don't use and won't be using. Winter clothes, for example. Your snow shoveling equipment in the garage if you're moving in Spring.
  • Pack up one room at a time. Do not mix items from different rooms in the same box. Label the outside of the box clearly with the room the items came from: "Master Bedroom." You should also add some description of what's inside: "Nightstand items," or "dresser drawer items," or "pillows."
  • Make sure you have included enough cushion so that the box does not rattle when you shake it. Additionally, the box should have smooth lines. It shouldn't cave in when something is placed on top of it, nor bulge out because it is too full.
  • Pack similar items together. Books should be packed with books, not a book and a fragile vase in the same box. It is better to buy a box designed for the item than to try to squeeze a bunch of random things into an extra box.
  • Pack heavy things on the bottom of a box. Add a layer of cushioning in the box's bottom. Fill spaces between with cushioning.
  • Wrap the lids to cooking containers, sugar bowls, and flour containers in packing. Wrap the container in packing materials. Then flip upside down and place on the container. Wrap both together in another layer of paper.

Make your life easier by packing your home up smartly. Packing your life into boxes is a painful, time-consuming process. But doing it correctly ensures that all of your items will arrive intact and useable. Professional LA movers from Fastruck Moving Company can help you with all your packing needs. You may find more information on packing specific items at our partnering company in Chicago area - USA Moving & Storage



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