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Packing Tips

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Important Tip #1

Pack one room at a time, labeling each moving box with a description of its contents and its destination (e.g., kitchen, bathroom). Be as specific as you can; it will make unpacking that much easier.

Important Tip #2

Keep the weight of your moving boxes reasonable. If possible, put heavy items in small moving boxes to make them easier to carry. Don’t apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape could ruin the surface. Double-box fragile items and add plenty of cushioning.

Important Tip #3

When everything is ready to load, make sure the items you need least are loaded first. Common sense is essential when loading the truck. Place the moving box containing your best china on top of the box of encyclopedias and not vice versa.

Appliances

Small Appliances

Pack them in their original container, or a moving box cushioned with Paper. (Do not use shredded paper – it can clog the appliance!)

Major Appliances

Check with the appliance dealer for any special moving instructions. For all large appliances, remove loose fittings, accessories, and box separately. Tie down, tape, or wedge all movable parts and doors.

Dishwasher/Washing Machine

Stuff towels between machine sides and tub to keep the tub from rotating. Pad exterior well. Disconnect hoses, put in plastic bag, and place in tub.

Freezer/Refrigerator

Defrost and dry interiors well. Fill interior spaces with lightweight linens, clothing, or stuffed toys. If you want to lay your refrigerator down for moving, check first with the local dealer to determine if your brand can be moved like this. If so, make sure refrigerator stands upright for at least 24 hours before plugging in.

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Household Items

Major Tip – Beds

Disassemble the bed frame. Tie rails and cross-pieces together with proper tape. Be sure to mark on tape to show where pieces fit together for reassembly. You can protect your mattress and box spring with a Mattress Cover or large sheets of plastic. You may want to cover them just before you walk out the door – the plastic may make it difficult to move downstairs or around awkward corners in your home.

Bicycles, Tricycles, Baby Carriages

Loosen, lower and turn handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedals to protect other items from being snagged or soiled.

Books

They’re heavy, so use Medium Moving Boxes. Don’t mix books with other items. Lay books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with paper or bubble wrap.

Bureaus, Dressers

Fill drawers with small breakable items and cushion well with loose clothes. Secure drawers with pad or blanket and tape. Do not overload drawers with heavy items.

Chairs

Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat, with a folded blanket or other padding between and tie seats together.

Clothes – Dresses, Coats, Suits-Anything Hanging in Closets

Travel best in reusable Wardrobe Moving Boxes, which can be used seasonally as “extra closets” for wardrobe storage. Other clothes can remain folded in their regular dresser drawers. Also, Large Moving Boxes can hold a lot of clothes without making the box too heavy.

Comforters, Pillows, Large/Light Items

Extra Large Moving Boxes will be best for packing light bulky items. If you have small fragile items, you can put a few in between the pillows for extra protection – just don’t forget they are there!

Curtain Rod Hardware

Put the hardware in a plastic bag and tape to rod or pack in dresser drawers.

Dishes

Individually wrap each piece. Kitchen Moving Boxes will fit most kitchenware without making the box too heavy. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge – DO NOT STACK FLAT. Cups and bowls may be placed inside each other and wrapped three or four in a bundle.

Dishwasher/Washing Machine

Stuff towels between machine sides and tub to keep tub from rotating. Pad exterior well. Disconnect hoses, put in plastic bag, and place in tub.

Fine Furniture

You may want to wrap your best furniture in bubble wrap, not only to protect it from scratching, but to keep dust and dirt off the upholstery. Stretch Wrap can also help to prevent small scratches and dust from damaging your furniture. Make sure to wrap the item very tight to prevent snags while you are moving.

Freezer/Refrigerator

Defrost and dry interiors well. Fill interior spaces with lightweight linens, clothing or stuffed toys. If you want to lay your refrigerator down for moving, check first with the local dealer to determine if your brand can be moved like this. If so, make sure refrigerator stands upright for at least 24 hours before plugging in.

Glasses

Wrap each glass separately in paper or bubble wrap (you can wrap first in a plastic bag to save washing later).

Kitchenware

Pots, pans, etc. can be stacked in a box with paper between them. Remember not to make the box too heavy – someone has to carry it!

Lamps

After disassembling lamps, place small bases in dresser drawers surrounded by loose clothing, and large bases in boxes stuffed with packing paper or bubble wrap. Box shades individually in boxes with plenty of packing paper for stuffing. Don’t use newspaper because it smudges.

Mirrors, Paintings, Prints

Small mirrors can be well wrapped in paper and stand in boxes. For larger mirrors and large picture frames, Frame Moving Boxes work best. Mark GLASS on the outside to prevent mishandling. Always pack and store on end.

Radios, TVs

Box upright and make sure items are well padded on all sides. For console-size equipment, surround with furniture pads, and then move and load upright. Rugs and Pads – After vacuuming rugs and pads, sprinkle with moth flakes. Roll up and tape.

Stereos, Compact Discs, and Cassettes

Separately pack components and put in well-padded box marked FRAGILE. Pack CDs upright in their cases in a sturdy box with tape-reinforced bottom. Tie CDs in small bundles before packing, then fill air space with packing paper. Mark FRAGILE. Cassettes can be packed in a similar manner, although you can group them in larger bundles.

Tables

For large tables, remove legs and tie together. Put hardware in small sealed envelope taped to underside of table top. Pad tops. Pad and tie spare table leaves. For smaller tables, pad top and wrap legs to prevent scratching.

Valuables

Set aside jewelry, important papers and safe deposit box contents to be stored in a small container you can keep with you throughout the move.

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